I build custom websites that are easy for my clients to manage on their own. Every month, my work is seen and used by over 100,000 people. I am available for hire with building new web sites, and on an as-needed basis for help with updates, consulting, new features, training, etc…
Sometimes, it's easier to explain what you do by what you don't do: I am not a graphic designer. I am not an artist. I don't like talking to people about colors, and how they make them feel. I'm a programmer. I'm the guy who builds the websites. I make them work well. This implies that my projects will typicaly involve a 3rd party graphic designer, or a "stock template" (off the shelf design).
I work with directly with business owners to build streamlined, effective web sites. I also work with advertising agencies and marketing consultants on their clients' sites.
The large majority of my projects are built using Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla, although I also support Magento, OSCommerce, and almost any other open-source platform. If you are interested in hiring me to build your next web site, please use the quote request form.
Covington Creations, LLC (CEO)
Builds and maintain web sites for small and medium businesses, mainly in the PA/NJ/MD area. Main focus is customizing open-source content management systems, frequently working with graphic designers, photographers, copy writers, and project managers to produce and implement cutting-edge web applications. Over 15 years of programming experience.
Mangos, Inc. (Internship in Account Management)
As an intern with Mangos, an award-winning full-service ad agency, I assisted account managers with competitive research, worked alongside creative directors, as well as various designers, writers, and managers. Worked within all three major departments – account management, creative, and production.
Graduated from the Marketing Program at Shippensburg University with a BSBA. During his final semester, was hired by the College of Business to redesign the school’s web site. Coursework included a concentration in sociology, psychology, and art.
Programming (HTML, CSS, PHP, etc)
Mac and PC
Adobe Creative Suite - All Versions (incl. CS6)
Microsoft Office - All Versions (including Access)
A few clients have asked about whether they should use the backup system provided by their hosting company to backup their websites.
Specifically they were asking about InMotion Hosting’s new Backup Manager that is rolling out across their servers.
I'm torn on this. Part of me is saying that you can't have too many backups.
1. Sign into your Google My Business management area here and confirm your Google account is properly managing the business on Google Maps:
2. Install the Google My Business app one your smart phone.
Out of the box, Drupal can email you notifications whenever there are security patches available. These are some common questions that I receive from my clients about installing these patches:
If the security updates are for Drupal "Modules" then yes, you can install the updates right through the Drupal admin panel. For updating the Drupal Core software, this needs to be done at the server-level (hosting account).
Since Google has phased out old recaptcha (v1), some of our clients reported that their old Joomla 1.5 installs are suffering - getting spammed, now that they no longer have a decent captcha available. While we realize that Joomla 1.5 sites should be upgraded to the latest version, not all clients are willing, or able to afford this.
Here’s how to submit a Google My Business spam complaint:
I recently started using Gusto payroll processing service and wanted to share a quick review. I think it's a great system.
For $45 + $6/employee / month it gets you weekly direct deposit, it keeps track of vacation time, overtime, bonuses, tips, deductions, AND all of the employer / employee taxes. Plus it integrates with my Quickbooks software, I can download a simple IIF file each payroll and Gusto plugs all of the data into Quickbooks. Plus, Gusto handles all of our W2 and employee data, so I don't have to worry about it.
You may have noticed a red warning message in your Joomla admin panel saying something like this:
We have detected that your server is using PHP 5.6.x (or PHP 5.4.x or PHP 7.0.x) which is obsolete and no longer receives official security updates by its developers. The Joomla! Project recommends upgrading your site to PHP 7.1 or later which will receive security updates at least until 2019-12-01. Please ask your host to make PHP 7.1 or a later version the default version for your site. If your host is already PHP 7.1 ready please enable PHP 7.1 on your site's root and 'administrator' directories – typically you can do this yourself through a tool in your hosting control panel, but it's best to ask your host if you are unsure.
I recently heard a story of a business that got caught with fake reviews on Yelp. They were also an advertiser spending thousands of dollars a month on ads. When they got caught, Yelp canceled their ad account and told them they would be demoting the listing’s ranking for 6 months. After that time, they would re-evaluate, but there was no guarantee that things would go back to how they were before. Yelp’s stance on fake reviews couldn’t be more completely opposite of Google’s. Here are a few ways they differ when it comes to approaching businesses caught with fake reviews:
1. Yelp issues a ranking penalty, Google does not.
2. Yelp stops the business from advertising, Google does not.
This is a free "K2 Content Module" template override for the Joomla component K2 that can be used with any Joomla 1.5, 2.5, or 3.x site.
Download the template override files attached to this post and upload them into your Joomla template here:
So the full path will look like this: