I had to wear several different hats:
- hardware/software technician - researching datacentres and selecting rack server hardware; installing LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP), PostgreSQL, Darwin Streaming Server, OpenSSH, proftpd
- web designer - selecting just the right design templates and then tweaking the HTML/CSS
- web application developer - using Seaside/Squeak
- web master - setting up WordPress and Webs social network and Gmail accounts; using SSL certificate; Apache configuration and deploying Seaside (which is hardly a walk in the park)
- project administrator - backups; video transcription and encoding; transcribing medical articles
- SEO engineer and website promoter - creating links to our website; researching and then posting to our 'opinions' blog
Developing the web application was quite challenging. Still, it was easier than if I had chosen to do it in, say, Java or PHP.
My SEO efforts were probably the most frustrating. After much hard work, I was only able to draw, on average, about 30 visitors per day to our website.
Rebuilding the server after a server crash was also a great deal of work. All in all, I put in a phenomenal amount of sweat and tears into The Good Sex Network project. Not a problem because it was a labour of love.