Explore Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard

The four Explore websites were built as umbrella sites to contain the Baltimore Sun’s many community newspapers sites. Containing the publications for their respective counties, Explore Baltimore County, Explore Carroll, Explore Harford, and Explore Howard share 95% of their code base while still allowing flexibility between the four sites.

As co-developer on the project, I helped to plan the database design, template system, and the interaction between programming and markup while also programming large portions of the site. Meeting our deadline, we managed to build and launch Explore Howard (the initial Explore site) within three weeks.

I was primarily responsible for all blog aspects, the weather forecast widget, the ad tag system, the Omniture (site statistics) tag system, and the original user registration, log in, and commenting system.

This project was completed while employed by The Baltimore Sun.