Robert Spangler

UI/UX designer & front-end developer

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New Blog Posted: Creating a Checkout Progress Bar

I just posted a new blog over on the “eCommerce Blog”:http://www.groovecommerce.com/ecommerce-blog/ at Groove. So if you’re interested in “creating an accessible progress bar”:http://www.groovecommerce.com/ecommerce-blog/featured/creating-an-accessible-checkout-progress-bar/ for your checkout process this is for you!

Hot and Fresh Out The Oven!

Our latest redesign over at “Groove”:http://www.groovecommerce launched today!

Mr. McGroovy's Box Rivets

The site is for Mr. McGroovy’s Box Rivets, a very unique products with plenty of potential. Mr. McGroovy was originally running on a PayPal shopping cart but quickly outgrew it, we came up with a custom solution that will really take his store to the next level.

My role in the project was designer and front-end developer. So I did all of the design and front-end coding (xHTML/CSS/JavaScript).

More to follow on the Groove eCommerce Blog.

How to Waste Your Money on AdWords 101

I recently purchased a microsuede/microfiber couch for my new apartment. (similar but darker than the couch below)

!http://www.rmspangler.com/images/8.jpg (My New Sectional)!

I love it, and the price didn’t break my bank; however, when the sales person asked if I wanted to pay an extra $100+ for a stain guard treatment…I just really couldn’t justify it, I was pretty sure I could find a way to do that myself (for a lot cheaper).

So of course I started at Google, I ran a search for ‘stain protection for microsuede’ the first sponsored link was at Target.com…

I Forgot To Share…

My favorite part of my daily work is when I get to slice and code a great design using some great markup (xHTML) with smart styling (CSS).

At work I’ve recently been given the opportunity to solely act as the front end developer for a few different projects we launched over at “Groove”:http://www.groovecommerce.com/

* “La Prima Catering”:http://www.laprimacatering.com/
* “Corporate Baskets”:http://www.corporate-baskets.com/
* “Don’t Know Tavern”:http://www.dontknowtavern.com/

_Note: Not my designs, just my code_

New Redesign – Epic Dental

The fresh new look for Epic Dental has officially launched! Epic Dental sells Xylitol Gum which I can briefly describe as a sugar alternative that is also a cavity fighting agent. The new site was built off of our optimized version of the AspDotNetStoreFront and features a sleek and feature filled 1-page checkout. My role… Read more »

Amazon Launches WebStore

I’ve been an Amazon fan for quite some time now, it was the first place I’ve ordered something online, and recently, the last place I’ve order something online.

Today I received an email today from Amazon about their new service called “WebStore.” Which is basically a build-it-yourself eCommerce Storefront, I’d imagine that it’s very similar to “Yahoo! Merchant Solutions”:http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/ecommerce/.

Magento, The Freshmaker

!http://www.rmspangler.com/images/3.jpg (Magento)!
If you’re into eCommerce platforms than I’m sure you’ve heard of “Magento”:http://www.magentocommerce.com/. They just launched a “live demo”:http://www.magentocommerce.com/demo of both the “storefront”:http://demo.magentocommerce.com/ (front-end) and the “admin panel”:http://demo-admin.magentocommerce.com/admin/ (back-end) The username is _admin_ and the password is _123123_.

Redesign Launched for A Touch of Brass!

Today, over at “Groove Commerce”:http://www.groovecommerce.com we launched our redesign for “A Touch of Brass”:http://www.atouchofbrass.com. I really like how the site came out–plenty of graphical/styling done as well as a lot of work under the hood, more to follow later on at the Groove “eCommerce Blog”:http://www.groovecommerce.com/ecommerce-blog/.

WiiCommerce (Wii Shop)

Well I finally got my hands on a “Nintendo Wii”:http://wii.nintendo.com! I have to say, I haven’t had this much fun on a video game system since I was a kid.

It really is amazing. One thing that I’ve really grown to love is the Wii Shop area and I figured that since I’ve been specializing in eCommerce based sites I would comment on Wii’s eCommerce Section (Wii Shop).

About Robert

I work with clients ranging from local small businesses and non-profits to large Fortune 500 companies.

If you think I'm the right guy for your project, please feel free to give me a shout.

I am a full-time freelance website designer and front-end developer from Baltimore, Maryland, currently living in Nairobi, Kenya.

I design and code for user experience on the web with special attention on mobile devices. I come from a background in eCommerce and lead generation, which I'm very good at. I spend most of my time personalizing and creating customized WordPress themes for clients. Other than designing websites I spend time with family, study, occasionally tweet, and rarely +.