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Elko County Courts

In Hosting, Joomla, Websites by henry

Around 2013, we were approached by some Elko County judges who were impressed with a site we built for the Sixth Judicial District Court here in Winnemucca. They asked us to put together a single website to serve as an information clearinghouse for all eight courts in Elko County, Nevada. It was a labor-intensive project initially, as we worked with a large group of clients to pull together all the media and information needed. After several weeks, we launched on Joomla 2.5. Distributing costs among the various courts helps keep costs low for Elko County taxpayers. We migrated to Joomla 3.x in 2017, and the site serves an impressively high volume of users. It features an advanced download manager that serves up the self-help legal forms preferred by each court, custom logo branding, judge bios, courthouse maps and photos, links to third-party ticket payment gateways, and SSL encryption for a handful of domain names that point to the site.

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DFS West Safety Signs

In Hosting, Joomla, Websites by henry

We developed this site around 2011, for a pair of local entrepreneurs who came up with an innovative work-site signage solution for mines and other industrial operations. The ecommerce component was enhanced with custom javascript that allows customers to type signage text, and see how the words would look when printed on the company’s custom signs. Unfortunately, the idea did not really take off, and so the site has not been migrated from its original Joomla 1.5 platform. In order to keep it running, we moved the site to its own virtual server running an older version of Linux.

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Belinda Bell Art

In Websites, Wordpress by henry

We first launched this art portfolio site in 2011. Cost was a factor, so we used the excellent GalleryScript javascript library to build a simple collection of static HTML pages. As time went on, the artist achieved more commercial success, and she wanted a platform she could update herself. After a few false starts with Joomla, we got the formula right with WordPress and a beautifully simple theme developed by Minimal. Since then, Belinda has been able to photograph and upload new work, and even add new gallery sections with very little help, despite the challenges of a slow Internet connection.

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Northern Nevada Gold

In Hosting, Joomla, Websites by henry

We built the first version of this site in 2004, using a custom e-commerce platform I wrote from scratch in MySQL, PHP, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. It served ably for six years, allowing an avid metal detecting enthusiast with limited computer experience to sell many thousands of dollars worth of gold nuggets and other mineral specimens found mostly at abandoned, historic mine sites around Northern Nevada. In 2009, I ported the site to Joomla 1.5, after discovering the excellent Hikashop component, which had just achieved its first stable release. A decade later — and several hundred thousand dollars worth of transactions later — the site is still going strong. It has migrated through several templates and Joomla releases, and currently runs on Joomla 3.8, along with the latest release of Hikashop, which has become a leading e-commerce solution for Joomla.

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JR Builders

In Hosting, Joomla, Websites by henry

This site uses custom photography and advanced Google Maps techniques to showcase the work of a local building contractor. It also features a catalog component showcasing the builder’s sideline in fine furniture. It began life in 2010 on Joomla 1.5, and was migrated to Joomla 3.x six years later. During the migration, a new template was implemented, as the old one was no longer maintained. Additional features include spam-protected contact forms, mobile-clickable phone numbers, and Google Maps with custom info bubble and printable driving directions.

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Humboldt Museum

In Hosting, Joomla, Websites by henry

This site launched with a new, custom logo design, and an extensive catalog of the museum’s attractions, photographed by us and described by museum founder Pansilee Larson. Several years later, we added an online store offering memberships, historical publications, and event tickets. Winnemucca Web Works is proud to donate the hosting and maintenance for this site, and even more proud that, with a little help at times, museum staff have largely been able to add and modify content by themselves. Over the years, the site has migrated from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 and finally to 3.x. These migrations entailed a full template replacement, along with the replacement of several essential components.

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Tilman Hilbish

In Custom, Websites by henry

This site, though dated and due for an update, shows the enduring, high-performance value of a site built solely with static HTML. I built it in 2009, after my artist friend Matthew Tilman Hilbish told me he had worked with another builder for months, but had not achieved his vision of a simple, uncluttered site that would quickly show visitors the various facets of his work. I did some research, and found the GalleryScript javascript library, which seemed to do what Matthew described. The site uses server-side includes to enforce code orthogonality, and the javascript elements were assembled by bash scripts from image filenames. It was completed in a day or two, and has been live for nearly a decade — a good run for any website. We are discussing a possible update to bring the site into the modern era of mobile devices.

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Teddy Swecker

In Custom, Websites by henry

I built this portfolio site for a local artist in 2009, using GalleryScript, a javascript library popular at the time. It features a 3D rotating moon logo created with the GiMP, and animated by custom javascript, and style elements borrowed from one of Teddy’s books for children. Several pages feature playful javascript animations written from scratch. It features photographs of Teddy’s paintings taken at local gallery shows, and has a very simple PayPal shopping cart system for those wishing to buy Teddy’s books or paintings.

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Great Basin Arts & Entertainment

In Hosting, Websites, Wordpress by henry

This site was originally built on WordPress 2, by Bill Sims, director of GBAE, a non-profit aimed at bringing quality musical entertainment to Winnemucca. Around 2010, I migrated the site to my hosting platform, added a direct email system built atop PHP-List, and have donated hosting and maintenance ever since. The site’s aging template required several minor surgeries to keep it running on more modern versions of WordPress. So, in 2019, I convinced Bill to let me migrate the whole site to a more modern template. To ensure our new template provider would never go out of business or loose interest, I sellected WordPress 5’s built-in “TwentySeventeen” theme, which was more than up to the task of recreating Bill’s original website vision with good mobile device support and great speed. Oh, and I also added a simple online ticket sales system based on Event Tickets from Modern Tribe, and a new “Past Performances” page that presents historic show information in a succinct and aesthetic way.

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DerbyKing Wheels

In Custom, Websites by henry

Here’s a blast from the past! I built this site in 2002, entirely from scratch, using MySQL, PHP, HTML, CSS, and a smidge of C. Until 2016, the site enabled a retired bicycle shop owner with little computer expertise to run an online store featuring vintage bicycle gear. The shop closed when the owner passed away. I have left it up as a tribute, after disabling the “Buy” buttons. It still gets a lot of traffic, in part because of the moon calendar, which provides moon-rise and -set information aimed at helping people plan moonlight mountain bike rides, a passion of the site’s former owner. The moon calendar calls custom-compiled C binaries based on phoon and gcal. Over the years, the code was ported from BSD Unix to Linux, and from PHP3 to PHP5. It is due for another facelift, from function-based PHP5 to object-based PHP7, and to responsive display code, if anyone is interested! DerbyKing.com’s homepage and product pages have the distinction of earning a perfect 100 on Google’s PageSpeed ranking, while the category pages rate 99 or higher!! This feat is more astonishing when you consider what this site is NOT doing: No page or code caching No minified code No page compression PHP5, without speed enhancements of PHP7 No high-end hosting… it’s just DigitalOcean What’s the secret? Carefully optimized SQL queries that hit the database only a time or two per page load One .css file per page Loading .js files only on pages where needed. Dead-simple DOM. Only ~300 nodes! The administrator backend is pretty fast, too. As noted, if any readers have time and interest in hacking on this, let me know, and I’ll set it up a github and release it GPL2.