Website Development
By building a website with HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3 and PHP, just about anything is possible. From straight development to customizing open source package like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal, I am experienced to make your visions a reality.

Cyber Security
Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace. Cyberspace and its underlying infrastructure are vulnerable to a wide range of risk stemming from both physical and cyber threats and hazards.

Mobile Development
Mobile websites feature striking mobile web design and fast load times so that your business is sure to impress potential customers who visit your site on their mobile devices.

Who I Am

I’m a web developer living in Syracuse, New York. I’m available for smaller, interesting projects during evenings and weekends.

I spend my days with my hands in many different areas of web development from back end programming (PHP) to front end engineering (HTML, CSS, and jQuery/Javascript), user experience and visual design.

I’m extremely passionate about web development and design in all it’s forms, as well as helping small businesses and artists build and improve their online presence. Aside from web development, I enjoy spending my time with my wife and sons, playing video games, and watching sports.

An experienced Software Engineer specializing in Object Oriented Programming and Analysis, as well as an accomplished Web Developer and Programmer specializing in e-commerce and security with over 13 years professional experience.

I am currently working on my Masters Degree in Cyber Security at Syracuse University in New York. I have a growing passion and fascination with all aspects of Cyber Security on both sides of the coin.

Summary of Qualifications

• Possess expertise in web based programming including Adobe Flash, PHP, ASP, HTML, CSS, and XML.
• Skilled at progressing from problem statement to well-documented design.
• Strong knowledge of Adobe Flash with experience ranging from action scripts, video integration, and animation. As well as web service connections.
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Operating systems (Windows 95 – 7 Ultimate), Linux systems (Red Hat Professional, Gentoo, Fedora), OS X and mobile OS (apple and android).
• Solid experience using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create and modify images and logos.
• Strong knowledge and experience in CMS Made Simple, WordPress, and Joomla.

Technical Expertise

Languages:
Flash, C++, PHP, ASP, AJAX, JQuery, JavaScript, HTML, DHTML, XML, CSS
Software:
Adobe Flash 8 thru CS6, Dreamweaver 8 thru CS6, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher, Project Professional, Visio Professional, Adobe Photoshop CS2-CS6, Adobe Illustrator 7 thru CS6, pgAdmin

Systems Hardware:
Windows (95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, NT, 7, 10), OS X (Tiger thru Siera), Linux (Red Hat, Fedora, Gentoo, Centos, Kali), PCs, peripherals

Professional Experience

Emerald Expositions
Web Developer
2014 – present
Lead WordPress developer that in change of back-end and front end development. I have also become responsible for maintaining and monitoring our Red Hat web servers.

Local Flair, Stroudsburg PA

Senior Web Developer

2014 – 2015
Lead website developer and server engineer. Responsible to creating websites from submitted designs to meet and exceed client expectations. Where requested I created mobile formatted version of the websites.

Consolidated Service Distributors/Candy Central, East Hanover NJ

Senior Web Developer/IT Manager

2013 – 2014
Developed and maintained ecommerce based websites for the B2B and customer sides of the business. Integrated the shopping carts with the internal AS400 system for processing orders.
Responsible for all computer systems and internal servers in the office. Oversaw the updating of all systems and the day to day operations and security within the systems.
Also managed interns that where hired to handle our social media and online marketing projects.

TSK Interactive, East Stroudsburg PA

Senior Web Developer, Owner

2009 – 2012
Ran day-to-day operations. Creating custom website and applications for clients based on individual needs. Utilizing PHP programing and MySQL database servers. Websites varied from custom to using frameworks such as WordPress and Magneto. Managed time frames and expectations as well as consultants work inside and outside of the company.

Purple Communications, Rockland, CA
September 2011 – March 2012

Senior Web Developer
Created custom website services for product Clear Captions and ezLink. Using PHP framework and Java to allow for IPRelay based services. Created custom iPhone and Android 4.0 applications used by end users and 3rd parties to compete calls through custom web services.

Fort Group Inc, Ridgefield Park, NJ
February 2008 – April 2011
Interactive Web Developer
Manage development within the Fort Interactive Group. Lead developer for flash interactive and co-developer on all PHP based sites.
CBORD Group, Ithaca, NY (March 2006 – January 2008)
Systems Engineer II/Senior Web Developer and Programmer
Managed Flash kiosk development within the Webfood group. Created self order kiosk systems for hospitals, college and university and retail. Assisted with both Project and Product management.
• Developed initial version of a flash based kiosk systems. The system uses action scripts, payment API, database communication, video integration and custom graphics using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
• Assisted with Product and Project management. Working directly with customer to gather requirements, review applications, and schedule and manage time to make sure that the product was completed in time frames determined by the customer.
• Developed kiosk interfaces for Cornell University, Temple Hospital Systems, Wendy’s, General Motors, and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

Education

Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
Masters of Science; Cyber Security Fall 2017

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, NJ
Masters of Science Computer Science September 2016 thru May 2017

Capella University
Masters of Science, Information Technology, January 2011

Concentration: Information Security

Franklin University
Columbus, OH
Bachelor of Science, Information Technology, May 2006 (GPA: 3.1)

Concentration: Web Development

What I Do

Most of the website development I do is accomplished through PHP programming. I have completed hundreds of web development projects of various sizes coded with PHP. By building a website with HTML, CSS and PHP, just about anything is possible. Some examples of the type of web site development I can do for you.

Wordpress Development

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Cyber Security

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Website Development

Most of the website development I do is accomplished through PHP programming. I have completed hundreds of web development projects of various sizes coded with PHP. By building a website with HTML, CSS and PHP, just about anything is possible. Some examples of the type of web site development I can do for you:

  • Custom PHP Form Scripts that can do things like send emails, upload files, ftp files, take payments online…
  • Content Management Systems – Custom PHP CMS for you to be able to update your website.
  • PHP Ecommerce shopping carts like Zen Cart, Joomla – Virtuemart and even WordPress can be used as a shopping cart.

Depending on your needs, I can custom code your website, or can modify open source solutions that will best fit your project scope.

Most of the small PHP projects I work on are not listed in my programming portfolio. You can view project details and provider reviews of some of the professional web programming projects I have worked on here.

PHP Development

I offer many web development services to build entire websites. First and foremost though, I am a PHP programmer. PHP is a scripting language that allows you to dynamically generate html. PHP allows you to connect to a database to generate content. PHP allows you to process input from a form. PHP enables you to add an incredible amount of functionality to your website.

I have written many custom PHP applications such as classified ads websites, project managers and eCommerce applications. I have modified existing PHP code in numerous custom, open source and commercial applications.

Whether you need a contact form to email you data, or a full website developed, I can do this for you.

Contact me if you need a reliable and experienced PHP programmer to develop and/or manage your website.

eCommerce Solutions

There are many commercial and open source eCommerce solutions available for you to be able to create your online store. There are many things you’ll need to consider when building a new eCommerce website.

What to Consider

  • From the technical standpoint, have you thought about the following?
  • What is the best shopping cart software for your eCommerce store?
  • What considerations do you need to make for eCommerce web hosting?
  • How will you collect credit card payments online?
  • How will you get your product data into your online store?
  • How will you market your online store once it is built?

Get Help

I can answer and offer suggestions to all of these questions. Besides building a new eCommerce store for you, I can take care of other aspects such as setting up a secure certificate and help you to understand about merchant accounts and payment gateways Contact me if you need a professional PHP programmer to develop and/or manage your eCommerce store.

SEO Services

How To Optimize Your Website

Search Engine Optimization is the process of continuously improving your website. This in turn improves your ranking in search engines. The closer you show up on the top of the search engine results pages (SERPs), the more likely a user will click on the link to come to your site.

I focus mainly on “on page” search engine optimization. This means modifying website code (ethically) to make it more efficient. Also, offering suggestions to improve the text on your website.

With my PHP programming experience, I have the skills to make on page optimization easier. Some things I can do to improve on page optimization through programming are:

  • Rewrite URL’s to include keywords in the file names without having to physically rename each file.
  • Build title and meta tag tools so you can manage this content through a web tool instead of having to edit code directly.
  • Dynamically generate site maps so they don’t have to be rebuilt manually when you add new pages to your website.

I will customize a SEO package specific to your marketing budget. Contact me for a customized SEO quote here.

Social Media

Why Should You Care About Social Media?

Your wife is on Facebook posting pictures for the grandparents, the kids are on YouTube watching funny videos and your neighbor keeps sending you invitations to join Twitter – so what does this have to do with your business? All those sites are part of the new wave of social media that now dominates the internet. If all these people are using social media, don’t you think that is where your business should be? Social media includes many types of sites arising from the “Web 2.0” phenomenon.

These sites have a high level of interactivity and rely heavily on user-generated content to continue to grow. The precursors of what we now think of as social media would be the early bulletin board systems and IRC chats. As technology advanced, platforms developed that allowed for the discussion forums and blogs that we see all over the place. These sites began the “Web 2.0” craze because they allowed communities to develop. The new social media sites take that to a whole new level.

While blogs and forums are technically part of social media, social media the two main types of sites that most people think of as social media would be the social bookmarking and social networking sites. With these sites, not only can you discuss things with others, you can add other people’s content and share it with the world. On the bookmarking sites, you can categorize your bookmarked sites. You can add comments about them, share excerpts from them and even share them directly with social media sites. The social media sites also let you share content, including photos and videos, while creating connections to other users.

Connections on the social media sites are made in a variety of ways. To begin with, you have a profile where you can share many details and find others who share those same details. For example, on the social media site Facebook, when you put in what high school you graduated from, it will offer to locate others who graduated with you and easily reconnect with people you may not have seen in years. Each of the social media sites allows you to follow other people or them to follow you, although they all call these followers by different names. Anyone choosing to follow you is saying that they want to hear what you say and see what you share – getting any ideas for harnessing the power of social media for your business?

It is important to plan out your social media strategy with care. That starts with first knowing your market. Who is it that is the ideal customer? Once you determine that, then it’s a matter of finding out where the majority of those customers and prospects are spending their time. Each social media website has a unique demographic. Sure, they all attract a few people from across the spectrum but each one will be more attractive to a core group. Years ago, MySpace was the dominant player in social media. While they still have a good marketshare, the core userbase tends to be younger and heavily into music. If that’s your target audience, then you should be focusing on that site. If that’s not your core market, your time will be better off spent elsewhere.

Once you’ve determined which sites are the best ones to reach your target market, then you need to plan even more. Your content needs to be focused towards that same core audience in order to attract their attention. Those most likely to be in your customer’s network are also most likely to be in your target market. Most people tend to be friends with people of similar ages and interests. Of course, there is going to be a variety of people in your customer’s following but the majority are most likely to be a part of your market.

Your social media strategy must include a plan for expansion of your network. Once you’ve begun getting people into the network, it will grow exponentially but it’s very important to choose these first people according to your company’s image, values and market. Most sites will have many ways for you to find new people to add to your network, such as search by interest capabilities or groups that you could join.

As you can see, there is a lot of thought that goes into developing a social media strategy. The benefits reaped, however, are well worth the time and effort to to plan your social media strategy right. With help from us, you can plan your social media strategy right.

Full Service Web Hosting

I offer fast and reliable web hosting and development packages to my clients with several packages that range from web hosting only, to monthly website maintenance and even ongoing SEO reviews. I will gladly customize a package to fit your needs. Contact me with your web hosting requirements and I will respond with a customized quote promptly.

MySQL Database Web Development

In conjunction with being a PHP programmer, I offer mysql database development to build dynamic websites. Most small business web hosting companies offer a MySQL database as a free service included in your hosting package. So, for most small businesses, MySQL is a logical choice to develop their database driven website.

I have been developing PHP and MySQL databases for the past 8 years. Whether you want to do something simple like store form data in a database, or build a shopping cart solution, MySQL has the features to set up a database driven website quickly and easily. Contact me with your web database programming request and I will respond with a customized quote promptly.

Debugging PHP

I offer services to debug PHP problems to fix your website errors. This service can be a challenge. People contact me, telling me their site is broke, asking if can I fix it. Without knowing specifics, I can’t possibly give a quote or timeline to correct.

When contacting me with a request to fix your website problems, please include the following:

  • URL of the page with the error.
  • If possible, how to duplicate it. (Meaning, data you entered, link you clicked…)
  • Browser you are using
  • Type of error received. (meaning, error message displayed, white screen, no error, but something did not process properly
  • Any recent changes to web code or web server
  • Web hosting company you use.

By supplying me with information like this, it will help me get familiar with the problem quickly. Even still, finding and fixing programming bugs can be a time consuming process. Contact me to fix website errors and I will respond promptly.

Website Consulting Services

Many people contact me stating that need a website have no idea of what they need beyond “I need a website.” I can help answer your questions to make the best decisions for your project. I offer several professional web development services, including:

  • Website Development
  • PHP Web Programming
  • Web Hosting Packages
  • Organic Search Engine Optimization

In addition to this, I now offer phone/email/skype web consultation services in half hour or hour increments. I can answer any questions you have about the process of how to create a website, using custom, open source or commercial software options and a ballpark budget you should expect to spend to build your website.

What to Consider

Consider thinking through the following questions before scheduling a web consultation. The more prepared you are before we speak, the more valuable information you will get from our consultation.

  • What is the purpose of your site?
  • What is your general website budget?
  • How do you plan to market your site?
  • Do you want to sell products online?
  • Do you know who your competitors are?
  • Do you need web hosting, website development, website desgin, search engine services?

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Contact

Feel free to get in touch using this form or feel free to email me at info@masongrandusky.com. If you are inquiring about working with me on a project, please try to provide a few details about your project if at all possible (e.g. requirements, budget, timeline, etc.). I try to respond to all emails and calls as promptly as possible, but during busy times it may take up to a week for me to respond. If you don’t receive a response to an email within a week, please send another message as my spam blocking software may have grabbed your email.

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