Every month, my work is seen and used by hundreds of thousands of people. I am available for hire with building new web sites, and managing existing sites, help with updates, consulting, new features, training, etc…
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.
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
Microsoft Office (including Access)
Slack, Asana, other collaboration tools
Nate's inside-out knowledge of Joomla provides BlattCom with the programming expertise to build user-friendly websites that our clients can easily maintain themselves. Great to work with - he has been very responsive and proactive in suggesting solutions to improving functionality. I look forward to creating more websites with Nate, including a rebuild of my own site!
In the 7-10 days after Hurricane Sandy hit our area (Northeast PA), we were entirely without electricity and cable service. As a web developer, this would have assumedly resulted in a general lack of productivity. Luckily, we had just switched from AT&T to Verizon a few months prior, so tethering is included with our data plan. And, just last summer, we had our generator hard-wired into the house. So, unlike most of my clients and colleagues who were waiting for services to be restored, I was able to keep plugging away. I certainly wouldn't want to work off of my cell phone's data plan on a regular basis, but in a pinch, it works great. Now, if only Verizon would let me talk on the phone and tether at the same time (cough cough)...
I've written previously about the importance of maintaining control over your website and wanted to post this follow-up. In addition to having your site's domain registration in your company's name and billing, you also want to have your hosting account in your company's name and billing. The reason? You are able to choose who works on your site without moving your site to a different server. Have a falling out with your web guy? Or he/she simply fell off the face of the earth? No problem, you have control over the hosting account. Change the password and find a new consultant to work with. Give them your new password.
As much as I personally despise the growing popularity of social services like Facebook and Twitter, they are excellent mediums for a 'normal consumer' to be heard by large corporations. In the past, a single consumer would only be able to make phone calls and write letters, short of funding their own advertising to publicly shame a company. With today's popularity of Facebook and Twitter, and the equally growing pressure for corporations to engage with their customers, it offers a lot of incentive for companies to resolve issues with customers. Here are some of my own personal tips for getting good customer service.
With a "responsive" mobile-friendly template, we are able to use a standard CMS-driven site, and by using additional style sheets (CSS), re-flow your site onto smaller screen sizes.
For more information, or to get an estimate for building "responsive" technology into your existing site, contact us today!
This is a video walkthrough of a Joomla 2.5 site that I set up and did a bit of configuring / customization... for demonstration purposes. I have been building sites with Joomla for over 4 years and am listed in the Joomla Resource Directory as a consultant.
Like I've discussed previously, just because the Joomla team releases a new version of the software, this does NOT mean that you are obligated to partake! For me, I've still got dozens of clients still using the Joomla 1.0 platform, so it's worthwhile for me to keep these sites running. And, part of my pitch for using Joomla CMS software is because it is OPEN SOURCE. So, attached below are a few files that I've compiled:
From our first contact with Covington Creations to our final website launch, we found that Covington Creations provided outstanding service. Every question was answered quickly and they went above and beyond what we asked of them. The website they designed and launched for us is exactly what we want and their service made every step of the process easy. I would recommend Covington Creations to any company wishing to create or update their website.
If you're running a business, you probably use good ole' stamps and envelopes for a variety of purposes: checks, invoices, direct mail, letters, etc. The last time I sent out a direct mail piece, it consisted of a personal letter, a small trifold brochure, and a business card. I sent 1000 of them, which translated into two boxes of 500 envelopes from Staples. The cost, just for envelopes? About $70.