What I do, and how I can help your small business off the ground.
Affordable web deveolpment
Even I was a newbie at one time. Since 2003 I have been running my own websites, and helping people get their sites and businesses online. Whether it be choosing a host, Setting up your Domain, Installing your favorite website script or modifying it to make it your own style.
Small Business web hosting
In an effort to be a one stop shop for your web development needs, I can host your website as well. This helps with future support by not having to wait for third party hosts to get around to assisting you. Best of all our server is local to us (Ontario hosted), which results in a faster web experience.
graphics deisgn & publishing
Once again, I want to help your business grow, and be the only place you need to look. As long as I have been building websites I have also been doing graphic design. Although maybe not as quick as everyone out there, I have had many customers business cards, fliers and branding projects.
website maintenance & updates
Not everyone who has a website has the time to keep it updated and secure. I offer affordable solutions to keep your site updated, secured, and backed up. If you need some help adding / changing some content I can help with that as well.
Since 2003 when I created my first website, a local car club. I have been hooked on building sites and have been helping people get online ever since. That website was called Idol Creations and I actually still own the domain, It may be currently sitting and doing nothing, but I can't bring myself to let the domain name go.
Skip forward to around 2005. I initially launched IdolizedHosting.com, which unfortunately flopped out of the gate, I choose a poor re-seller for my hosting services and got a bad taste in my mouth. I also got ripped off on that deal but lesson learned.
In 2008 Quast Tech Solutions was created, this is a home based computer repair business that I run in my spare time. In 2011/2012 I began hosting some sites for my friends and some customers, which initiated the re-launch of Idolizedhosting.com in 2014.
Now in 2016 I have decided to start doing web development and graphic design more rather than residential computer repairs. The break/fix computer game was getting tiresome and in all honestly not steady work.
Getting your site online. Setting up your hosting, databases, software and emails
In all honesty, designing a website from scratch is not what I'm best at. I will utilize professionals and get you a look you want rather than wasting days designing a website with my crayons. Plus how do I upload a crayon? I can however modify, tweak and customize the heck out of your chosen template to fine tune your desired look.
This ones tricky. I may not have the artistic eye to create something from a blank canvas. I have in the past however, my skills are better used tweaking professional designers work to suit your needs. Let me make this part clear I do not rip off professionals I'm talking about sub contracting them or purchasing templates and layouts for projects and then going from there.
Now this is where I shine. For many years this what I did. I can setup your computer system, networks, emails, point of sale system, invoicing system. You name it and I can help.
Our 6th Planet
Huntington Park Tennis Club
The Traveling Newf is a Blog for a Newfoundlanders traveling experiences.
Originally I installed Wordpress and a very basic theme to get the site up and running. The owner really just wanted a place to document his travels around the world. Once the site took off a bit I suggested a site re-design and we choose a better layout that better suited a website that could potentially have other content rather than just the Blog.
The Traveling Newf Logo was one of my first logo creations from 100% scratch. I incorperated the Newfoundland flag colours into the text, and the "A" is actually the shape of Newfoundland. It adds a nice touch of home to anyone who see the logo.
Business cards were also created as a way for advertising the website while abroad. Photos of the cards will be added soon.
Idolizedhosting.com is my site created for hosting customers websites that do not currently have hosting. Its Simple and to the point, Built with PHP and HTML, its straight to the point and gets the job done.
The backend is handled by Clientexec, which handles the billing, re-curring billing, and custom invoices I use.
Customers can login at anytime and update their info, Hosting packages, and buy new domains.
The site is planned to get a re-development shortly. It's not really a public web host so I'm not too worried about the general public viewing it, only existing customers and new Web development customers through Quast Tech Solutions. This keeps the server load smaller and websites running quicker.
The Logo was created using a mix of a couple free templates and my own work. This allowed me to get a logo on the site and invoices very quickly. A potential logo design change may come at a later date, if this one doesnt flow with the site re-development
Our 6th Planet
Our6thPlanet.com is an automotive club based on Saturn Automobiles.
Originally is was actually run by myself, and moderated by a group of enthusiasts in the club. in 2009 General Motors* received a Bailout, and soon after closed the Saturn brand of cars. Around 2011 we noticed a huge drop in the site and it was not worth pursuing anymore for us. However in 2015 a member asked to have the site resurected.
Since it had been a few years since shutting down, there was a slim to null chance of bring it back. However I located an old backup of the database and got started It required a new updated install of the software and a template installed. We located a template that very closely resembled the site from years ago so old visitors would see a familiar place when they returned.
Since the original files were all lost or not findable at the time I re-created a logo from scratch to brand the new site. the Font used is a font that Saturn used on their cars, and the ring around the 6 represents the planet Saturn (6th planet from the sun)
When the club was running I also used our old logo and created window stickers for members to advertise the club, It involved converting the image to a vector image and having it cut on vinyl.
*Our6thplanet is not affiliated with General Motors
Huntington Park Tennis Club
The Huntington Park Tennis Club website was built so the members could signup, pay for memberships (yearly and re-curing) and even book court times online
With a few WordPress plugins the site can now have content only visible to paid users ie: court time booking, special notices for members only.