Hi, welcome to my little corner of the Internet! I run a small (one person) tech company called L. F. Web Productions LLC(LFWebPro.com), located in St. Louis, Missouri, where I spend the majority of my time providing network and server installation and support, with an emphasis on Linux servers for file sharing and data backup. I also provide local companies, artists, and others with personalized, one on one web development services. So, if your interested, I can offer a complete solution for your web site needs, from domain registration and hosting, to site design and development (hint, hint).
A while back I decided that it was time to actually do some work on my own site, which I had not done for what seemed like forever. I wanted to set up a little free download system to share some of my open source type code, and possibly let people comment on it, and maybe a simple blog to voice some of my random thoughts.
In the past, I had been creating sites from scratch in PHP, usually using some class libraries for such things as email and database functionality, but the rest always seemed like I was rewriting code that I had written before. I had looked into using one of the popular PHP Frameworks such as CakePHP or Zend, but there seemed to be a pretty big learning curve to them and I just did not have time to figure them out. Then I tried CodeIgniter, and found that it was extremely intuitive and easy to use.
So, my first remake of this site was done using CodeIgniter 2.0, and just to throw in a little bit more fun, I decided to use Doctrine 2.0 for the database layer, and Smarty 3.0 for the template engine. I also integrated the Geshi code highlighting library to boot. This worked out very good and was extremely educational. The downloads section of this site was created during this endeavor.
Then I heard about PyroCMS 1.2, which is built on CodeIgniter 2.0, and wallah! My second remake of this site. It has all the other pieces I was looking for. It is modular, so I was able to turn my downloads section into a custom module, and it was easy as sin to convert my templates into a custom theme. It has a blog module, a comments module, supports plugins and widgets and once your look under the hood, very easy to extend and customize.
So, check back often. This is an ongoing project and as I have time and inspiration, I will add and extend features to this site.
P.S. Be sure to check out my downloads section for some useful stuff.