About

DavidBennettDev.com is the professional website of David Bennett. It includes examples of my professional work, files and examples for public consumption, and a blog of my developmental endeavors and snippets for future reference. As a place for exploration and sharing knowledge, please feel free to comment and share any helpful comments pointing out a best practice or better way of doing things. The views in the blog are mine alone and do not reflect the opinions of my employer or any individuals to whom I might link or otherwise reference.

If you’ve come seeking David Mcmasters, you’re in the right place. With my marriage, my wife and I legally changed out last name to Bennett rather than complicate things by trying to hyphenate our names or have one of us take the other’s name.

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This site was developed using open source tools and runs on WordPress using MySQL. The WordPress template is Rachel Baker’s Twitter Bootstrap theme with some additional customizations and styles. I maintain a local development site and migrate content, custom components and files using MySQL imports and exports along with FTP (my preferred tools being either FileZilla or WinSCP – connections over SSH being preferrable).

The primary site development tools I use are WAMPServer, Notepad++ and Photoshop. WAMPServer is used to run and develop the site since it gives me the full stack of Apache, MySQL and PHP. I hand-code my pages and components despite having tried various IDEs like Eclipse, PHPStorm, and Dev-PHP2 since I haven’t found anything that really works well without hogging resources or getting in my way more than it helps.

The site is hosted on Dreamhost along with other domains I manage. They’ve been a great host and I really appreciate all the development tools available including the ability to host unlimited MySQL databases.

Here’s a short list of the tools I use or have tried: