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What We Do

We make websites that make your organization run better.

Not just brochure sites. People come to us because they want to communicate with their customers, sell a variety of kinds of things (subscriptions, event registrations, products, points, content), manage interactions with potential customers, securely distribute information in groups, clean up hacked sites, or fix challenging interface problems.

Our platform of choice is Drupal, which started as a Content Management System (CMS) but is fast becoming an EMS -- an "Everything Management System." We enhance Drupal by building rich interactive browser experiences using the Dojo Toolkit.

Wanna know more? 3 reasons to use Drupal and Freelock for your next project.

What We've Done

RevEquip create 3D documents and design for the food service industry. We worked in partnership with graphic design firm Eben Design to build a Drupal website for RevEquip.

Ply Interactive came to Freelock for assistance theming the Crossfit Games site, because of our Drupal expertise and the tight schedule for the project. This site was built from the ground up in Drupal 7, with integration to another application...

Booktrope's goal of getting online books to as many people as possible (for free!) was a project right up our alley, fitting nicely with our open source foundation.

When P5 Group was looking to create a dynamic website, they looked to Freelock Computing to help. Using Drupal as a CMS platform, we created a site with multiple access levels for their wide range of clientele, implemented the use of Panels to...

Freelock was approached to build a website focused on the “Top 50” Day Trips from Seattle, based on rankings and reviews from users.

Another large scale project by Freelock Computing, the Organic Materials Research Institute tested our abilities to work with a variety of sources and the Drupal system. The project brought their old public facing website built on PHP to the...

Robinson Papers hired us to build a centrally-managed web site with different personalities for each of their papers but shared control.

We built out a sophisticated system in Drupal, with extensive workflow rules, roles for freelancers,...

Freelock was approached by Seattle creative design agency Tether, to build a new website for their client IslandWood. The website included integration with multiple external services while keeping a brochure style site feel.

The folks at WSFZ needed a directory-based website that was easy to maintain and easy to use. WSFZ wanted a clean, simple design that allows for blogging, reader comments, and advertising.

LedgerSMB is an open source accounting and financial package. Freelock has used LedgerSMB for its bookkeeping since the project began and has customized it to maximize the User experience.

Freelock teamed up with Eben Design to build a new site for Totem Ocean Trailer Express. The website includes frequently updated maps, cameras and easy to update scheduling.

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Freelock built a website that facilitates and supports the community through membership, training, classes, and merchandising.

SeattleJobs.org hired Freelock to implement a system to scrape job listings from their customers' web sites. SeattleJobs.org lists jobs from about 45 member companies. In order for Seattle Jobs to automatically list these jobs, the listings have...

Freelock developed an informational website for Answers for Elders. Answers for Elders is an online resource for adults caring for elderly parents. We created a membership system for users to comment publicly on articles, a map-based decision...

The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), a non-profit collaboration between the University of Washington and the University of California, San Francisco. ITECH came to Freelock for help building an internal system to...

DanceSafe hired Freelock to perform maintenance and upgrades to their Drupal website. DanceSafe is a non-profit harm reduction organization promoting health and safety within the rave and nightclub community.

TerraBella Flowers & Mercantile specializes in European garden-style designs, using an assortment of local, organic, and sustainably grown flowers and is based in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. A...

The Lindbergh Gallery web site was created to list artwork- including descriptions, prices, and photos. Lindbergh also wanted the site to provide information on speaking engagements and philanthropic endeavors. The website was built from the...

We initially built an online based intranet for I-TECH and in this project we took their initial work and upgraded to Drupal 7 alongside drastic changes to interface and user experience to streamline the activities they have discovered are most...

Geocko builds powerful tools that save time and increase engagement for nonprofit organizations. Geocko hired Freelock to build a system that would pull in information from designated social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc) and...

What We've Learned

Everybody is writing about Heartbleed this week. The reason?

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Ha. Just got another message from a client who has been the victim of several comment spam campaigns:

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Why is it that there is no top-notch Drupal shop in Seattle?

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"My budget is really tight, can you get the project started and show me what to do to finish it?

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This is a collection of technical notes, tips, and tricks related to Freelock Computing's services and various open source projects. We document what sorts of things we do to get software to work, and keep it here for our benefit, but also for yours.

What We Can Do For You

Event management. Project management. Vendor management. ECommerce. We build sites to help you organize and get things done.

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We solve problems.

Lots of our business comes from people who have been unable to get the job done elsewhere.

The challenge with any web project is usually budget -- getting a polished, usable product to match a specific design can take far more budget than people expect. Our approach to addressing this concern is breaking down projects into Sprints, each sprint a focused group of tasks with a defined budget, starting with the things that will deliver the most business value as early as possible.

And then when the first sprint is done, we've delivered something of business value, we plan out the next one.

The launch of a new web site is the start of the project, not the end. You don't stop marketing when you've opened a new store -- marketing is an ongoing activity to keep the world aware you exist.

And even if a site is purely for internal use, organizations change and evolve over time. Most of our clients work with us on a monthly retainer basis, setting aside budget for steady work towards the current business goals.

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When you work with Freelock, you're not just getting a passive subcontractor. We bring opinions to the table. You hire us because we have decades of experience in a variety of industries, and knowledge of things that work and things that don't.

We partner with our customers to find the best solutions to help them succeed. And we're not shy about advocating some approaches over others, or pushing back when we think you're heading down a dead end.

We're not the cheapest shop out there, but with us you're getting more than just a developer -- you're getting a partner who can steer you clear of technology pitfalls, suggest possible new revenue streams or marketing outlets or workflow improvements -- we  deliver strategic value to your business along with our technical solutions.

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  1. When I first handed John an initial disaster- an unfinished website that had to be completely rebuilt, he took all in stride and developed our site from the ground floor up, with speed and expertise. In addition, John has continued to take initiative in making our site to be one that we are extremely proud of. John continues to be a collaborative partner in the maintenance and continued development of AnswersForElders.com. I highly recommend him and his team for all your open source web needs.

    Suzanne Newman, CEO
    AnswersForElders.com

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