How I started with web development
In the first semester of my university studies on the FIM UHK I learnt more than just common HTML I knew before. I added CSS (Cascade Style Sheets) into my knowledge and that was the first step. So I created my first simple static website (which has already been redesigned and rebuilt into GetSimple CMS, still running at http://ubytovanisetek.cz). I started to love website creation - I enjoyed every hour I spent with my project. I wanted some more.
During my exam period I had a chat with Petr Jiránek from WebPrezent company. There was only a little step missing to get a job in web development. It all ended up well, so you can see some of my work if you scroll down here. I made my place in WebPrezent's office in Nový Bydžov and I studied all I needed to know for my future job. Ever since the end of the second semester, I have been creating websites and all it belongs to it for full-time until the 3rd semester. During school time, I work whenever I can.
Such job gives you a lot - you learn a lot in your branch and you get a view of how it works in IT companies. I had just basic HTML and CSS skills, and now?
- HTML a CSS3 - just a cornerstone of web creation
- Content management systems - my favourite GetSimple that power this website and also powerful Joomla! with T3 Framework and VirtueMart component for lesser e-shops
- PHP - no chance a chance with web forms without it and overwhelming majority runs on PHP - everything you touch is usually PHP :)
- PhotoShop - for web designing and preparing the design for implementation into a website, absolutely essential for graphically very nice websites
Some projects I worked on
My first minisite I've ever done in WebPrezent. It's a web about crane works. It's powered by GetSimple CMS and my job was all the coding, styling according to a PSD draft and putting there the content.
One more supporting GetSimple minisite. It's all about EGR (Exhaust gas recirculation) valve - an expensive part of exhaust system in all modern diesel vehicles. So, why not to remove it? ... I did my usual stuff here, coding, styling, adding content.
A onepage web about WebSimple which is our stable GetSimple product (with many features) developed by myself. In this website, I did everything expect the design draft and adding content. Coding was a bit more demanding this time because of all the complicated structure of the content.
My first contact with Joomla! CMS. A lot of work and this nice portal was the result. I did a lot here - redoing JA Mitius template by JoomlaArt, recoding and completely setting up the website. Installing all the modules, plugins and components needed, all that I had to do. Also, I still write articles for this magazine sometimes.
A beautiful Joomla website with huge ambitions about a dress rental company. I was alreadly a friend of Joomla when doing this website, so it was a pleasure. I had to completely redone K2 component template but all the work turned out to be a pretty good job. I did the whole template, coding, styling, pretty much anything you think of expect the content and the design.
A nice little web full of transparency. It should only inform locally about these special carts/scooters for disabled and old people. The carts come from the UK. This time, it's only a GetSimple website with a unique template.
Pretty web about a local Zoo at the suburb of Hradec Králové. It's situated in Stěžery, so not many people know about it, though. What takes your attention first are bright colours and animals everywhere. It's a GetSimple site as well and I did all the usual stuff I always do.
A nice website as well, this time about construction works of Izotrade company. Very nice graphical design takes your attention pretty soon I guess. Powered by GetSimple. I did all that coding stuff and cuts in PhotoShop this time.
A bit more extended, therefore, Joomla website about a cosmetic, relax and massage saloon Mandala Spa in the centre of Prague. Very nice unique template, a very pleasant place to go to :) During coding, I had to take care of a bit more complicated form for all those massages advertised.
My personal projects - completely my work
My first public version of my personal website. At first, it was only a way to study and practice GetSimple CMS, but it turned out that I like playing with it. So I started writing some articles and adding and adding features. This was a bit of too overembellished design, so I did another version when I got more visitors.
The third version of my website, but only 2nd published. I tried to simplify the design and get rid of all that useless graphics around the content. I still wanted to keep the design pretty, so I decorated it a bit. Despite the fact that this version brough many new features like comments and multilingual system, I sitll have plenty things to work on (semantic HTML5, responsive webdesign).
A little website about a nice and cheap vacation apartment situated in the heart of Bohemia paradise. To be exact, it's in a village called Žehrov. It has been providing a comfortable shelter to many people from all over the world for years. It's all my work including the design, powered by GetSimple.