Retro Portfolio: Simply Floor Coverings

The Simply Floor Coverings site was originally designed by ikandy interactive and was one of the handful of projects that ikandy shared with O6.

Together with ikandy, we decided to use the osCommerce software package as a base for the SFC store. We installed the software and updated the skin to match the rest of the site. Many customizations would be required, which is where O6 really came in.

The most important update was to add a module that allows SFC to create promotional codes. Users who enter a valid promotional code are given either a percentage or a fixed dollar amount off of their order’s total (depending on what value is assigned to that code).

We then updated the software to allow for products to be flagged as featured. Featured products appear on the home page and in a “Featured Product” box on lower-level pages.

Finally, we modified the site code to force an SSL certificate to be used, keeping each user’s information secure.


The above text and images were copied directly from the portfolio of my former development company, O6 Web Services, as I imported it over to this blog. It was not updated for re-publishing. This project launched in March 2006.

Retro Portfolio: SportsLogos.Net

The SportsLogos.Net project is an ongoing project that O6 frequently consults on in cases where the site owner, Chris Creamer of Chris Creamer Design, needs a more technically-minded approach.

In February 2006, we reorganized their server setup to make it more managable for someone unfamilar with Apache’s server configuration files.

Over a span of two busy days, the existing server was wiped clean and rebuilt from a set of backups. After the server was wiped clean by SportsLogos.Net’s hosting team, we recreated each domain inside the available but previously-unused WHM/cPanel system. This made it easier for site administrators to manage things such as email accounts, databases, and FTP access on a site-by-site basis.

With the sites recreated but empty, we reloaded all of the previous content from the backups we had made before the server was wiped, all the while providing updates to their waiting message board community.

Prior to the server wipe and reinstall, O6 had been responsible for managing the software of the SportsLogos.Net forums, first using Perl-based IkonBoard before migrating to the PHP-based Invision Power Board. We also developed an IPB add-on for SportsLogos.Net that allowed users to ignore each other, before that functionality was a standard part of the Invision software.

Since the server work, the SportsLogos.Net team has been able to more-capably manage the server software on their own.


The above text and images were copied directly from the portfolio of my former development company, O6 Web Services, as I imported it over to this blog. It was not updated for re-publishing. This project launched in February 2006.

Retro Portfolio: Like Yesterday

The Like Yesterday, LLC, Website and logo were originally intended to be unveiled together but they liked the design of the logo so much that they began using it as soon as it was completed.

O6 was originally hired to develop the company’s site but we were having a difficult time as there were no existing graphical elements to use. We began developing a logo for Like Yesterday so that we would at least have a brand to work with on the site project.

Like Yesterday’s first ideas were simple to use the colors blue, green and fuchsia. They also wanted a logo that looked “fast.”

Not having any images in mind that both conveyed speed and represented the company name, we began with an interlocking L and Y, adding a wing to the L.

The shape was quickly approved but we couldn’t make their color scheme work. Just to present an alternative option, we created what ended up being the final logo.

We enclosed the logo in a circle featuring a white-to-grey gradient. The circle was outlined in white and then black, giving it the look of a mid-twentieth century automobile hood ornament, finally combining the name with the need to look “fast.” The “Winged LY” was given a white outline and filled by a blue gradient that matched the outer one.

To make the L in the LY look less like a Z, the white outline was extended to cut between the wing and the L, breaking it up enough to show the correct letter but remaining unified to keep the image intact.

The Website design was then based off of the logo, with the gradient used across the site header. The white page background was set on a black border, like that used on the logo.


The above text and images were copied directly from the portfolio of my former development company, O6 Web Services, as I imported it over to this blog. It was not updated for re-publishing. This project launched in December 2005.

Retro Portfolio: Holiday E-Card System

On this project, Graphic Visions Inc. handled all of the design aspects of the Flash-based project while O6 contributed a combination of Flash ActionScript and PHP programming. While GVI was responsible for the look and feel of everything, we handled functionality.

GVI had already created a system for creating E-Cards, our challenge was to develop a system that would allow those cards to be saved and then opened by the recipient.

We used ActionScript’s LoadVars functions to pass a series of variables from the Flash movie to a PHP script, which saved the appropriate information to a database and sent an email to the card’s recipient informing them how to view the card.

When the card is viewed, ActionScript makes sure that a valid card ID is available. If it’s not, it redirects the user to a frame of the movie where they can re-enter the card ID. If no ID is available, it take them to the frame where they can begin work on a card. If a valid ID is present, it opens the card.

Opening the card is accomplished with another LoadVars object. The card ID is passed to a PHP script that finds all the related info and returns it to the Flash movie. ActionScript then takes the supplied variables and rebuilds the card from them before displaying it to the user.

The site was named the Adobe/Macromedia Site of the Day for December 21, 2005.


The above text and images were copied directly from the portfolio of my former development company, O6 Web Services, as I imported it over to this blog. It was not updated for re-publishing. This project launched in December 2005.

Retro Portfolio: Tree’s Wings & Ribs

The site for the now-closed Tree’s Wings and Ribs of Greenacres, FL, was the first project that O6 Web Services collaborated with ikandy interactive on, as they built the user side of the site in Macromedia Flash while we handled the construction of the site’s administration tools.

The user side of the site was developed in Flash, making it difficult for the site owner to update content when needed. To solve this problem, we built administration tools that allowed an admin to make edits to the page content and store the changes in a database. When a user visits the site, the content is loaded into the site from the database using Flash’s ActionScript “loadVars” function and a PHP script.

The system was fairly simple and solved the problem of editing content in a Flash-driven site.


The above text and images were copied directly from the portfolio of my former development company, O6 Web Services, as I imported it over to this blog. It was not updated for re-publishing. This project launched in July 2004.

Retro Portfolio: KingdomPros

The KingdomPros.com project was a relatively small one, dealing mostly with installing third-party software and training.

Our programming work consisted of two contact forms which allowed visitors to the site to email the KingdomPros team directly. The scripts were simple PHP email scripts using the mail() function.

We also installed two third-party sets of software. The first was the phpBB forum software, to which some slight modifications were made and a custom skin installed. The second was the Calendarix calendar software, which was customized to match the look and feel of the rest of KingdomPros.com.

After doing this, O6 trained the KingdomPros staff to use the administration tools for phpBB and Calendarix, and trained them to use Macromedia Contribute 2 to manage the content on the rest of the site.


The above text and images were copied directly from the portfolio of my former development company, O6 Web Services, as I imported it over to this blog. It was not updated for re-publishing. This project launched in January 2004.

Retro Portfolio: Jackson Public Schools Career Prep

The Jackson Public Schools Career Preparation System site was a fairly short, simple project involving web design, development, and some graphic design.

The graphic design was the easiest part. The only logo files that CPS had were old, discolored, pixilated JPEGs that simply were no longer suitable for use. We redrew the logos in Adobe Illustrator to create vector versions of the logos that could be used on both the site and in print applications.

The design of the site was focused around the idea that the site would operate as a brochure but would need to be expandable as the program grew. Because of this, the navigation was designed with the ability to add and remove items in mind. The navigation was given enough space to support up to eight links and could be reworked to fit a ninth in if needed (although this likely wouldn’t happen as it goes against the “Rule of Seven”).

Also as a result of this, the non-essential items on the page were pushed to the edges, so that the content has center stage.

A small programming piece was included to allow for a set of rotating images across the top of each page. This allows CPS to highlight the students that they work with and makes the page seem new each time it’s visited even if the content has not been updated.


The above text and images were copied directly from the portfolio of my former development company, O6 Web Services, as I imported it over to this blog. It was not updated for re-publishing. This project launched in August 2003.