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Organization: Streeter's Electronics (formerly Streeter's Treasure Hunting Supply)

George Streeter
307 Main Street
Marlborough, NH  03455
(603) 876-4443

Programs: PostNuke (Open Source PHP CMS), OsCommerce (OpenSource PHP Cart)
Work performed:

George had been left with an outdated web site and old Miva Merchant store that he could no longer update because his webmaster had disappeared. I offered to help by building a dynamic web site, easily updated, and integrated with an e-commerce solution that would better serve his business. Because budget was an issue I decided to take a look at open source software.

PostNuke was chosen for content management at the time because of it's popularity and large base of community support and contributing developers as well as it being able to provide a membership based web solution. George also publishes a small treasure hunting newspaper so the system also needed to provide easy news and article managment. After learning enough PHP to fix buggy modules and even modify others to fit his needs, he finally had a functional community site for his clubs and friends to participate in. In the process I also managed to integrate a better html editor control and was able to provide this integration to other members of the PostNuke community.

The next step was an e-commerce solution that would be separate from the magazine and community site, but able to be integrated enough to allow the magazine traffic to be directed to the storefront. For this OSCommerce was chosen, and again after some bug fixing and customization, the store was ready to use. I was able to fix a broken module for PostNuke that allows random products from the store to be featured on the site as well as a dynamic list of product categories available.

The combination and partial integration has worked quite well, resulting in increased store sales as well as greatly increasing the exposure of his store, his clubs, and the events that he organizes. I am still the active webmaster for these sites and soon George might have me set up a forums only web site.

Dates: January, 2003 to present

As non-technical types, we were apprehensive about the prospect of doing a new website. However, we were extremely lucky to be connected to Forrest Mahannah to design ours. We found ourselves in uncharted waters and Forrest helped us avoid all of the rocks and shoals. He was extremely patient and helpful in our learning process. His explanations of the possibilities, his knowledge of what is available, his ability to find or “make” software do exactly what we wanted to accomplish was exceptional. The result is a website that our customers really love. It is easy for them to navigate through the website, and because ordering is so easy, we are getting more purchases than before. Forrest was able to get the ambiance and “flavor” that we wanted for our business. Visitors compliment us constantly now on our colorful, interesting, and interactive site. It has certainly increased and enhanced the productivity of our business. We were amazed how quickly Forrest responded to all of our questions. It was as if he were providing us with 24/7 service. We couldn’t be more pleased, and look forward to working with him on a continuing basis.

Carolee and David Snyder
Carolee’s Herb Farm
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