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Daniel Bacon is a Florida real estate agent and licensed broker specializing in waterfront and luxury homes in the St Petersburg - Clearwater Real Estate market.

Geek Build 2012 – Revisited

by Daniel Bacon on 1:00 pm August 12, 2013

Geek Build 2012 began over one year ago as an attempt to build a real estate website from scratch using input from the GeekEstate community and industry experts. We had excellent momentum and participation in the beginning, and then, as happens to many a project, things became complicated. (See this post to catch up on where we left off). Problems with the project primarily came down to two areas: Lack of participation: The first setback came soon after actual development began when several participants decided to take … Read More »

Geek Build 2012 update, child theme up for testing.

by Daniel Bacon on 6:05 am September 6, 2012

After four weeks in development the first iteration of our Geek Build 2012 test site is live at http://www.TheClearwaterBeachLife.com. This is a child theme built on the Genesis Framework for WordPress. I sent a first round of questions and changes back to the developer today, and will continue to test the theme this week. Once we get the theme dialed in, the site will go to Real Geeks for integration with their IDX, except for one participant located in a market not served by Real Geeks. … Read More »

Geek Build 2012 developer chosen, Opportunity for 3 new participants

by Daniel Bacon on 4:16 pm July 19, 2012

After a bit of a delay we are moving forward with development of our custom child theme for the Genesis Framework. We did have some trouble finding a developer for the project. Apparently it’s a great time to be a WordPress / Genesis / PHP developer, because after approaching more than ten individuals and companies we only received one actual quote. As a reminder, we are basing the theme on the final design below. We will be able to customize all elements of the design … Read More »

Geek Build 2012 – ClearwaterBeachLife.com Semi-Final.

by Daniel Bacon on 6:30 am May 16, 2012

If you have followed Geek Build 2012 you know we had a designer working on TheClearwaterBeachLife.com home page design, which will be used as a template when building our custom theme for the Genesis Framework (affiliate link). Last week the designer finished up her work and sent us the final Adobe Photoshop .psd file. The total cost for the work was $280, including a $30 bonus for additional work to the search box not included in the initial quote. Once we had the .psd in hand … Read More »

Geek Build 2012 – Design Concept for TheClearwaterBeachLife.com – Comments Requested

by Daniel Bacon on 6:47 pm May 1, 2012

Geek Build 2012 is moving along nicely, and we now have an initial design concept ready for public comments and suggestions for revisions. We chose to use TheClearwaterBeachLife.com for our initial design, which will be finalized in Adobe Photoshop .psd format. Once this is complete we will hire a developer to turn the design into code, and that code will be used to create our custom child theme for the Genesis framework. We submitted our job on elance.com and ended up receiving twenty bids between $110 … Read More »

Geek Build 2012 Update – Moving forward to design…

by Daniel Bacon on 6:45 am April 18, 2012

A lot has happened with Geek Build 2012 in the past month, and we thought it would help to summarize what we have accomplished and explain where we are in the process. About one month ago we got the steering committee decision recommending  www.wpengine.com for hosting, at $29/month. After that Drew put up a great content checklist for a real estate website. Next up was the IDX choice. IDX being arguably the most important decision we saw a lot of posts on the subject, and … Read More »

Geek Build 2012 IDX Review #1 – Diverse Solutions

by Daniel Bacon on 9:19 pm March 20, 2012

This is the first of several posts relating to the IDX solutions that are on the table for Geek Build 2012, and focuses on my experience with Diverse Solutions. This post is meant to start a dialogue relating to the pros and cons of their products as contenders for the Geek Build 2012 websites. I have used Diverse Solutions’ products for over two years now, both their dsSearchAgent and dsIDXpress products. dsSearchAgent is their primary product and is a map-based search tool. dsIDXpress is an … Read More »

Geek Build 2012 Site #1 – Clearwater Beach and Sand Key

by Daniel Bacon on 9:00 am February 27, 2012

This post outlines the market, my vision and thoughts about branding regarding the new site I will build for Geek Build 2012 to cover Clearwater Beach and Sand Key. I’d love to get your feedback so please feel free to comment. Market: Clearwater Beach and Sand Key is a highly competitive market of high-end, waterfront sub-divisions and condo developments. Clearwater Beach consists mostly of single-family homes and hotels, with the exception of the luxury condos of Mandalay Beach Club, Sandpearl and Belle Harbor. Sand Key … Read More »

1st Website Participant for Geek Build 2012 – Daniel Bacon

by Daniel Bacon on 5:30 am February 15, 2012

My name is Daniel Bacon and I have been working in residential real estate with my wife Christine for about nine years now. Prior to real estate I spent five years in the tech industry as a software engineer, db programmer and web developer. In between the career change I spent some time developing custom websites for agents and brokers. My first six years in real estate were spent in the Washington, D.C. suburbs of northern VA, and at the start of 2009 we relocated … Read More »

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