jake zeitz web designer and developer

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Guitar Seeker

I built Guitar Seeker to help people understand the differences between the various types of guitars. This site was a push on myself to design a more interactive and functional website.

The video to the right highlights the various actions a user can take on the site. I also encourage you try it for yourself: guitarseeker.com

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Why I Made This Site01-09-15

Build a website from scratch. That was the challenge I set for myself.

I had recently graduated from college and had been applying to various companies hoping to land a web development job. I hardly got any responses as my lack of experience and unrelated degree (Marketing) made my resume an easy one to disregard. I quickly realized I needed something that would make me stand out in some way. So, I stopped applying to places altogether and put my focus on creating an online personal portfolio. I spent the better part of 3 months researching, designing, and coding everything that you see on this site. It was definitely the biggest challenge I had ever set for myself. It seemed that everytime I came up with an idea and pursued it there would be countless bugs and errors appearing left and right. I can, however, say with certainty that these were the times that I learned the most. I had to learn PHP, an entirely new coding language, just to build this blog. Creating tables in databases and reading/updating them on the fly was something I had never tried before. I learned tons of new CSS tricks as well as better ways to write Javascript. I worked through every detail even how well the code looked at a glance. Go ahead and look at the source code, it should be as legible as possible.

When I finally completed this site it suddenly was easy to get interviews. I still believe this site is the reason I have the job that I do now. It has been nearly 3 years since I first started building this and I'm just now coming back to it. Hopefully, I can make some good improvements now that I have gained more experience. I'm probably going to start looking for new work opportunities soon and I hope this site will be as persuasive as it has been in the past.

I'm glad I took on the challenge.


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Jake 2015-09-04

Woah cool article! I know... I wrote it. Joking aside, this comment section is totally built from scratch. Go ahead and try it out.

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