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)
Attached are a few files needed to create a "show-hide" action in Joomla's popular CCK extension, K2.
I've been a Photoshop user for almost 10 years now, and it's slightly embarrassing to say that I've finally figured out how to create a keyboard shortcut for "crop." I've been using keyboard shortcuts the entire time, for things like copy, cut, paste... but I always felt like I was losing valuable time to reach for the mouse, go to the Image menu, then down to Crop.
Do you have a mobile or responsive site? If not, on April 21 you may find it harder to rank in Google’s mobile search results.
Google announced algorithm updates that will have a “significant impact” on mobile search results worldwide for mobile searchers. The update improves rankings for sites that provide a mobile-friendly experience to searchers on mobile devices, and, by association, demotes sites that do not.
Hello again, Nate here… I realized I haven’t sent out an e-newsletter since 2012, so hopefully you’re ready for my next one by now.
Important: USPS Shipping Calculations
You're probably aware that the changes UPS and FedEx introduced to their rates at the end of the year now take into account "dimensional weight" instead of just actual weight. Most merchants will be receiving their first invoices under the new rating in the next few weeks and some will be in for a bit of a shock. At the very least, you’ll want to test your eCommerce checkout process to make sure that USPS shipping rates are still working. As with any software update, things may go wrong, so it’s best to check for yourself.
Important: Sites Not Sending Email
We’ve noticed that some hosting companies are making changes to their servers’ configuration that relates to sending email. Most of our clients have not been affected by this, but occasionally, these server changes prevent a site from sending out email messages. This applies to sites that have contact forms, member/client/employee login systems, and eCommerce stores. Since the server-setting change only affects email, your site will appear to be functioning, but messages will be undelivered. Please check your own site by sending yourself a message through it and confirm that the email notifications are sending (and receiving) properly. Note that submissions are also generally stored in a database, so we can typically recover any data that would have been missed.
One of the most difficult things about being self-employed is taking a vacation. It requires much effort to strike a healthy work-life balance. Many of my clients rely on my fast turn-around time for making changes to their websites, and are frequently adding time-sensitive special offers and the like.
Every year, I manage to take a few long weekends and sometimes an entire week... below are some of my practices for handling such an event:
"As a photographer, I had special requirements when redesigning my webpage. I knew that Nate was the person to help me, because I had worked with him before in designing a site for a National organization to which I belong. I was not disappointed! Nate was as professional and prompt as he had been in my previous experience in working with him. He also understood my needs in promoting my images, and has taught me how to upload new images onto my pages. I wish that other people that I deal with had his work ethic and creative sense. Thanks Nate, you made the whole process a good experience for me."
I found it fulfilling to work with Covington Creations, as the ideas and design I had in mind became reality on the website. Nate was able to translate them into working order, and hence we have a website that is easy to navigate and pleasing to the eye. I found it extremely helpful to begin working with a template, and from there we were able to launch into a more expansive, individualized design. The result was that the integration of our ideas and a willingness to be flexible and malleable gave the Oneray website pizzazz and style.
We regularly update, maintain, and upgrade websites for new & existing clients. If you are looking someone to be available on an as-needed basis to perform routine updates and tweaks to your site, look no further! Contact us today for a free quote. We are typically able to respond to these types of requests within 24-48 business hours, often sooner.
At the end of each month, we provide a detailed log describing what we did and how much time was spent.
...for an Ongoing Maintenance Plan for your existing Wordpress, Drupal, or Joomla site.