Internship Week8

For Thinkbigger, we ran into a problem where just some new uploads weren’t registering on the new site. We both research the issue which turned out to be a small PHP change.   She launched the site live yesterday, and we met earlier today to admire our work (mostly hers)! I got my timesheet approved, and I informed her that I wouldn’t be available, except for emergency, since I needed to shift gears to Kowata Tree. I agreed to let my bill float until mid May, since I might still do some work for her. She also needed to get paid for the project.


I met with the owner of Kowata Tree as planned to gather typical client information and discuss the general internship agreement. Note to self: I really need to make a big checklist of items if I’m going to be doing this regularly. As follow-up I researched some hosting pricing options to compare with his current plan.

This morning I wrote up the majority of the Internship Agreement, first consolidating my notes, and then making it look pretty. I plan to finish it this weekend and hope we can meet early next week to finalize.

Internship Week7

I continued helping ThinkBigger on the Woodlands School project. I stopped by her place to assist her in migrating her MAMP site to her hosting provider so that we could ‘work together’ on the site. She assigned me the contacts, events, and campuses pages, which I put together fairly quickly and made sure we weren’t working on the site at the same time.

I function tested all the completed work to date and ran them through four browsers and at five different @media sizes. I only found a few bugs, that she dealt with and tested herself.

My third, and largest internship project fired up this week. I called the client at kowata tree, as we had discussed earlier the later March would be best. We set a meeting for next Tuesday, the 24th.

Internship Week6

I got back to my ThinkBigger client right away last Saturday. I wasn’t exactly sure if I knew how to modify the WordPress site to make the home page change, but the other email issue would entail a call to the service provider. I figured that there was some risk to us, not so much about whether we could or couldn’t do the job, but that it might take us a while … even putting our heads together. Not to mention the time to get in driver’s seat, make sure we had a backup, and that we were clear about when they wanted the job done.

She called her contact and got the word that the original developer wanted $350 to do the tasks, and figured ThinkBigger could do it cheaper!   We discussed it, and because of our newness to the situation, and with limited experience, she backed out of the RFQ.

We met on Monday to look at my internship form and what I proposed. She wanted to make it flexible for both of us, so I re-wrote it and met again with her on Wednesday to have her sign it. In the mean time, she wanted me to research some WordPress templates that might be a fit for her larger project, a re-vamp of Woodland School’s site (Milwaukee) in WordPress. She also thought that developing on MAMP would be a good idea, which I’m growing fond of.

I fired up the MAMP servers, for me and at her place. She was doing the site layout and any design work, so I was to test theme features and plugins, and optimize images. When I couldn’t get the theme to deliver sticky menus, I looked into some plugin options on Envato to make the menus sticky. I got excited about the Ubermenu plugins, purchased and installed them.

I plan to stop by her place tomorrow to get my timesheet approved.

Internship Week5

I received a call yesterday from a friend of a friend, who’s a freelance web designer. Her business is She’s a schooled graphic designer, and a self-taught web designer. She is having too much work now, and got a request from a client referral to quote on a change to an existing WordPress site. She asked me to look at the email request and at the current site and get back in a few days.

I explained my internship program, and asked if she might have enough work to include me. She foresaw a few weeks, and wanted to discuss with me early next week. In the mean time I began looking at