Grace SLO: New Website

by Aaron 12/20/10

Earlier in the year we launched Christ Church East Bay using WebEngine.  I knew that my local church, Grace SLO, could use a similarly functioning site.  The previous site had many shortcomings that could be easily addressed with the functionality provided by WebEngine.

So I called up my pastor, Tim, and asked if he wanted help setting up a new site for our church.  He was very excited about the possibilities so we set an aggressive launch and got to work.  We looked a wide variety of other church sites and analyzed what worked well from an aesthetic and ministry perspective. 

Originally the goals for the new site where simple:

  1. Create an easy to use and informative Website
  2. Make it easier to find church resources (i.e. Sunday sermons, special event recordings)

As with most projects there was some feature creep as the possibilities where realized of how much a new Website would help the ministry of the church.

By the time we launched the new site we had accomplished the original goals plus:

  1. Consolidate event listings sign-ups using a combination Google Calendar & Docs
  2. Provide a dynamic place for every one of Grace's growing ministries

The Grace website is know seen as a dynamic extension of the church that is constantly being updated and tended to.  We plan to continuously add new features and functionality to meet the growing needs of Grace.

Category: Portfolio | Web Sites

Mazzarello Media And Arts: New Site

by Aaron 09/17/10

We are proud to announce the launch of Mazzarello Media & Arts.  The site design and concept was done by Bryan and Stephanie (the husband and Wife team that is Mazzarello Media & Arts) is implemented using WebEngine, our awesome CMS tool.

We really took the site to the next level by fully utilizing the integrated Blog and List Engine tools.  Notice that the home page includes featured projects that pull in directly from their portfolio listings and their three most current blog post are displayed as well.  I really think this is one of the best creative professional websites I've seen, please visit and let me know what you think.

Cool Technical Features (for people who make websites)

  • CMS driven website  (very easy to edit and make changes to the website
  • List Engine tool used for portfolio section of websit
  • Dynamic home page pulls in a featured project and blog entries (no need for Bryan or Stephanie to repackage thier content).
  • Image cropping and resizing tool used to maintain consistent image sizes and quality for portfolio images
  • Random style selection on home page (try it by refreshing the home page)
  • Each section of the site: Look, Learn, Collaborate, Connect; uses a seperate style
  • Dynamic navigation menu uses the WebEngine site mapping tool
  • Friendly urls (not
  • Cross Fade slide show on detail sections of the site like here:
  • Next/Previous navigation for portfolio (look at the bottom right: ready for more):
  • Blog Feed:
  • Portfolio Feed: http://mazzarello.local/feeds.aspx?cat=21
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Project: Delicias Salvadorenas

by Aaron 08/20/10

New website:

Designed by: Mazzarello Media And Arts

Technical: implemented using WebEngine

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Project: Tap Time

by Aaron 07/08/08

One of my first IT/IS jobs was implementing a Time and Attendance system and the interfacing it with the payroll system.  This sounds easy but it involved integrating home grown system developed in Access by the warehouse manager and implementing 3 new timeclocks at two different facilities and over 400 employees during the busy season.  Through this project I learned much about Time Keeping systems and told myself I could create better system that was accessible via the web.

Fast forward a couple of years and I was looking for side work and I found a posting on the Cal Poly Help Wanted Forum requesting a timekeeping system for a small Bay area Landscape Company.  I eventually bid and got the contract for the job and implemented the first version of what I now call Tap Time.

Tap Time is now in its third version and is actively being used by a Local San Luis Obispo Based government agency and other local businesses.  The program has grown to include many project management/budgeting features that are key for Government work.  It is entirely web based and includes payroll export features and numerous management reports.

Provide acurrate and easy to use web based time keeping with advanced budgeting project management features.


  • Developed in 2.0
  • SQL Server 2000 backend
  • Advanced Budgeting Features
  • Ability to Bill hours to a project
  • Customizable for individual clients
  • Available as either on on site install or hosted solution
  • Export to Payroll feature

Project: POSimple - Point Of Sale using Microsoft Access

by Aaron 07/08/08

This is a project that I started over a year ago and have continued to make numerous small improvements to.  The database is currently in use at one Chinese restaurant based in the Bay Area.  They have two terminals each with receipt printers and one printer for the kitchen.  Prior to using this software the restaurant took all of their orders manually with pen and paper and added up totals using a calculator.  Implementation of the software also included installing 2 computers and touch screens (done by Cortex Computer). 

I'm thinking about releasing a version of this database as a sort of Open Source project as I think many other small restaurants could easily alter the program to fit their own needs.

An easy to use Point Of Sale Program (Unicode compatible - meaning it will display and print Mandarin Characters) for a small resturant.  The program is capably of printing reciepts applying discounts, free drinks (and still apply the tax) and many other features.  Since it is implemented in Microsoft Access is relatively easy to alter it or build off of.


  • Microsoft Access Database (2000 Format)
  • VBA Code for all events
  • Unicode Compatible
  • Ability to Manage Items
  • Screen design done by editing Access forms
  • Touch screen Compatible

Update! POSimple released as open source:

Download Here

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Project: John Balfanz Homes

by Aaron 04/07/08

New Website:

John Balfanz Website Background
John Balfanz Homes wanted a complete remodel and fresh look for their new website.

The new website showcases available spec homes, the bella-vista development, and custom designer homes.

This website uses the latest and greatest .net framework 3.5 and SQL Server 2005 back-end.  There is an admin section of the website that allows the client to update their listings of spec homes.  Smooth gallery is used to showcase housing pictures.

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Project: Chamblin-Landes

by Aaron 02/09/08

New Website:

Background Chamblin-Landes Website

Chamblin-Landes Construction of Paso Robles, California wanted a new website to highlight their varied projects.


The new website showcases construction projects based on specific categories.


This website uses the latest and greatest .net framework 3.5 and SQL Server 2005 back-end.  There is an admin section of the website that allows the client to update their listings of spec homes.

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Project: California-West

by Aaron 12/15/07

Website Remodel:

Background california-west website

Three and a half years ago I created a website for San Luis Obispo based  Their website is contains database driven property listings with advanced features such as searching, email updates, and info about the company.  I was recently asked to give the site a fresh look and add additional content to the site.  We decided to keep all of the core functionality including the powerful property listing features as they have worked as intended.


To give a facelift and update content on the popular and sucessful California-West property management website.


This website is is done in PHP with a MySQL DB backend.  Most of the code is from an open source project called Open Realty, but it has been heavily modified by me to fit the specific needs of a property management company.

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