About

Site Developer/Drupal Mechanic

Drupal is my platform of choice. I build custom applications with sophisticated functionality and intuitive back ends. I provide ongoing support to editors and site administrators of these sites.

Specialties

  • Creating Multi-lingual sites using the Drupal Internationalization (i18n) modules and the Wordpress WPML plugins.
  • Creating e-commerce sites using WordPress WooCommerce or the SnipCart Platform
  • Creating responsive theme and functionality designs for mobile devices.
  • Website migration from other platforms to Drupal
  • Doing major version upgrades for older Drupal and WordPress sites, keeping the original look and feel, or reworking it entirely with enhanced functionality
  • Configuration for performance and security for Drupal and WordPress sites
  • Technical support and training
  • Rescue of hacked sites.

Web Consultant

Whether you need a simple blog, an informational site, community site or a full on techncal support section, I can help you structure your content for usability. I can acquire a domain name, recommend a server and set it up set it up, design and build the application for you. I can integrate your application with existing Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.).

Information Architecture/Content Structuring

Content is what it is all about. I can assist you in organizing the content structure for best usability and SEO. Content flow needs to be intuitive; users appreciate this and your messaging stays focused. Good SEO does not require black magic or a high priced SEO company. Intelligent organization of content is the key. Drupal sites by default are well suited for good SEO. Common sense content design and proper use of available tools make your content compelling easy to find on the web.

Client Training/Project Documentation

What good is it to have a beautiful Content Management Framework if you don't know how to use the darned thing?
I create sites with intuitive interfaces for content editors and site administrators. I produce useful documentation and provide training.

dadderley/Doug Adderley - a little about me

  • Vancouver based independent web consultant and Drupal site builder.
  • Involved in building websites and digital media in general since 1999.
  • Avid fan of Drupal since since 2006 (Drupal 4.6).

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I started doing web work in 1999 while I was in the INFOTEC program at Capilano College. The focus of the program at the time was on doing CD-Rom Authoring. I spent a lot of time playing with Macromedia software, Director and Flash (both of which I have not used in years - we used to refer to Macromedia software as the dark side). But there was other very cool stuff to be learned. 

I did some work for a local design firm creating html sites, started a web site for a local community newspaper then started doing contract work for the Ottawa based NGO, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA). I created a bunch of static html sites for them like this one leadingtogether.ca. I also designed a couple of interfaces for online database applications that they were developing like the GRN Interactive Information Portal.

These CPHA static html sites were large beasts with hundreds of content pages. These sites were bilingual, so each site had discreet English and French content pages that were all manually cross-linked. It makes me cringe now just thinking about it. I even did one site in English, French and in Inuktitut. I used Dreamweaver templates to wrangle these mountains of static html pages. This really sucked.

On the other hand, doing the UI design for the database applications was really fun. Having all of the content in a database and pulling it out for display in various contexts was definitely the way to go. I did a project for the Learning and Instructional Development Centre at Simon Fraser University. This application ¡hola-canada<.a> had a very beautiful Flash front end but they needed an html version as well I designed this UI.

Doing large multilingual sites now is very easy now. Here is a Drupal site testbkk.org that is in English and Thai. The laplumeverte.ca site is a bilingual e-commerce site built with WordPress.

Over the years, have worked as a university AV technician, film projectionist, photographer, tree planter, webmaster and a website developer.
I am interested in history, social justice and travel.