Double Ace Design

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I've been doing freelance work along with my full time job to earn a little extra money, the company was setup way back in 2007 however I've recently started working a compressed 4 day week so that I can spend more time doing my own stuff.

One of the big things on my todo list was the company website and I've finally gotten round to launching it so without further ado I present Double Ace Design, read on for more info on how it all came about.

Company Name

The name comes from poker which I used to play quite a bit, nothing crazy with loads of money but a few times at the casino but mostly with mates at the pub. Two aces are the best possible starting hand and when coming up with a company name this came to mind and Double Ace Design was born.

Techniques Used

As mentioned in my last post about responsive images Responsive Web Design is quite a hot topic at the moment and I've used the Skeleton boilerplate framework to get the design in a grid and use media queries to modify the layout depending on what device the website is viewed in. Testing on an iPhone 3GS & iPad2 the design works really well both in portrait and landscape views.

The site is built using bog standard PHP, no framework is used. Considering this site is mostly geared towards CakePHP I though it would be overkill to use it in this situation. I've used a htaccess file to get rid of the file extension so the URLs are as friendly as possible, code is below.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}\.php -f
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ $1.php
# Replace html with your file extension, eg: php, htm, asp

As I wanted to get the site up and running as quickly as possible I've used a design template from the popular Theme Forest marketplace, I sell quite a few scripts on the CodeCanyon sister site and I'm really impressed with the quality of work on there so I went for the Solid template which I've modified quite heavily to get rid of any unwanted stuff and also integrate the Skeleton CSS mentioned above.

Wrapping Up

There's still quite a lot I want to get done on the site, like use my previous post to optimise the images that are served depending on the device, but I wanted to get it out the door as quickly as possible to get the search engines crawling the site so I'll be making changes as I go on.

Any feedback or suggestions on the site or if you want to hire me on a project of yours then don't hesitate to get in touch either by commenting below or use the contact form on the Double Ace Design website to get in touch directly.

Posted on 12th June 2011
3 years, 2 months, 2 weeks, 5 days ago