Website Tour: My Theme Park

My Theme Park was the most ambitious project I ever took on. I believe it was a month into it where I felt like it was just too much for one amateur to take on. My Theme Park was supposed to be a detailed theme park manager where you could buy and sell rides, control staff and set wages, and handle emergencies such as weather storms or accidents.
1This was actually the last thing I worked on before giving up on the project. Whenever I make sites and complete the first release, I immediately find something I want to add that would have me adding a column to a table. That’s why I wanted to make the registration as detailed as possible without making it too long. My plan was to have basic setup, and then nagging notifications to get you to fill in necessary things to get started once you first log in.

2I took the registration and log in system from previous projects, but I also added a confirmation email that sends at the end of the registration which was something that was new to me. That’s still my first and only time doing such a thing (sending emails with PHP). And just so you know, the “use the golf cart” thing was just a link to let you skip redirection wait.

3This was the main page of the portal once you logged in. An example of the detail I wanted was that weather would have been affected by the location you chose your park to be in when you registered.
4The Park Analyzer was your park profile and operations panel. Another example of details is that the more hours you had your park open, the more earnings and expenses you’d get and higher ride maintenance costs.

5The administrator panel was also taken from previous projects but this one would have a lot more things to manage. This is an example of adding rides to the catalog where park managers would be able to pick up new rides.

The biggest challenge was setting up the PHP script that would run daily that would automatically tally up numbers throughout your panel (such as expenses, revenue, total ride operating times, etc). It became a lot to handle and I couldn’t get it working reliably. That was the point where I gave this project up, though I don’t regret working on it at all. It was a big project and I got to experiment with many new features that I’d love to add to future sites. You’ll see some of the things on the last two sites I have left to showcase. Stay tuned!

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Website Tour: Electronics Engineering Toolbox

The Electronics Engineering Toolbox was my first attempt at making a website using PHP and MySQL databases. The highlight of the site were the calculators that helped you convert between number systems (like binary, hex, octal) and figure out values of your components.

v1The first theme of the site wasn’t the most polished, kind of like the¬†first version of my personal website. The focus at that time was the functionality of the site. PHP has functions to convert between number systems so that wasn’t much work compared to the component calculators. Those didn’t take all that long either.

v1pageI could never get the colors to work together… There was something just off looking at the entire page.

Before a redesign came, I tried implementing a user system. I wanted to make the site more interactive by offering quizzes and allowing people to favorite terminology pages or save calculations. I did get the user system up but none of the features that would use it were completed. Obviously it was a bust, so I went ahead with a redesign and threw out the user system.

v2This was my first site that actually looked decent. I was really proud of it.
v2pageThe pages and content remained pretty much the same while everything around it changed for the better. This is definitely a layout I would reuse again for a resource website.

So that’s the story for the Electronics Engineering Toolbox. It was a great project to work on as I got a good taste of working with PHP and MySQL. Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the next website tour!

Website Tour: My personal website

In my return to web design a few years ago, I came back with the goal of learning PHP which was something I always wanted to learn. With that goal, I also expanded my use of CSS and different HTML techniques to come out with a better looking final presentation, in most cases.

v1The first version of the website was kind of cheesy-looking but certainly better than the bland square tables I used to use before. After getting a hang of PHP and opening up the Electronics Engineering Toolbox website, I felt a redesign was in order.

v2_0The redesign came back using more techniques I was experimenting with. With some more CSS research, I could achieve rounded corners (which were done with graphics before) and shadows. With the PHP and MySQL knowledge from the EEToolbox, I built myself a simple blog system. Soon after, I added More Than Starlight to my web portfolio. The blog thing also got a little tired. The next version (numbered as 2.1) was moving toward a static portfolio. v2_1The site was stripped of the blog and it was back to mostly HTML as I got my fix of PHP working on the other two sites. Around the time of the redesign, I was midway through my electronics engineering training and I was starting to work on other projects. I wanted a place to gather and present them all so the next changes were made (version 2.5) to create a portfolio that expanded past my websites.

v2_5There were some more CSS and PHP techniques thrown in again. As you hovered over those four menu items seen in the screenshot above, the opacity of the image would change, thanks to CSS. All of the content was thrown into one file and the appropriate content was displayed using info from the link, grabbed by PHP. Otherwise, I would have created separated pages for everything, although there’s not much of a downside for a site this size. It was just because I could.

It’s always satisfying seeing a website grow in stages. Luckily for me, this was not the only site to do that. Next, we’ll be taking a look at the Electronics Engineering Toolbox. Stay tuned!