Professional Web Development with Drupal and jQuery

Amit Asaravala is an independent Web developer specializing in creating highly interactive content, community, and commerce sites using Drupal and jQuery.

Recent Client Projects

Berkeley Parents Network
Hoover Institution
Navis
SRI International
Home Power Magazine
Amma.org
University of California at Berkeley
SF Public Press
University of California at Berkeley
Gateau et Ganache
Cascade Gran Fondo
Digital Camera Resource Page
The FruitGuys
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley Parents Network
Tools for Community

Launched as a collection of email lists nearly 20 years ago, the Berkeley Parents Network has grown into the leading community resources for over 37,000 parents in the San Francisco East Bay region. As part of its transition to a self-sustaining nonprofit, BPN realized it would need to automate its processes and adopt a self-service model -- without losing its tight-knit feel. Working closely with the BPN team, we have rolled out a searchable databases of local daycares, preschools, and schools; a nanny-and-sitter matching service; and a marketplace -- and are seeing more postings than ever before. And there's more to come!

Project Type:
Community/Social
Organization Type:
Nonprofit
Hoover Institution
Organizing 20 Years of Research

Twenty years of content spread over dozens of publications with varying formats and publishing schedules? No problem. We can organize it, simplify it, and make it easy to manage and access -- and we did!

Project Type:
Content, Events
Organization Type:
Nonprofit
Leading Partner:
WebEnertia
Navis
Technology for Terminals

With press releases to publish, events to announce, and customers to support, the marketing team at Navis needed a website it could control. With the team at THEM providing the creative lead, and with me leading the CMS development, we built a Drupal-based system that let the team easily keep their site up to date from any location.

Project Type:
Content
Organization Type:
Commercial
Leading Partner:
THEM
SRI International
Unifying dozens of labs and centers working in 150 research focus areas

SRI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute with 17 locations, seven divisions, dozens of labs and centers, and nearly 150 research focus areas. As the Lead Drupal Developer for the WebEnertia team (in partnership with HotStudio), I helped bring together SRI's disparate publishing systems and thousands of pages of publications, lab descriptions, press releases, event notices, news clippings, research profiles, and other content under one unified CMS.

Project Type:
Content
Organization Type:
Nonprofit
Leading Partner:
HotStudio, WebEnertia
Home Power Magazine
Bringing green energy to the masses

The relaunched Home Power Magazine website extends the publication's print articles by presenting them in a compelling, interactive format. Working with lead contractor Culture Foundry, I helped implement a design that makes it easier to find articles on a given topic, sidebar overlays that provide charts and diagrams in a way that doesn't interrupt the flow of reading, and directories that allow readers to find contractors and services in their area.

Project Type:
Content
Organization Type:
Commercial
Leading Partner:
Culture Foundry
Amma.org
Inspiring Humanitarian Works Worldwide

Amma is a spiritual teacher who travels the world each year seeking to alleviate the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally. This project brings together over a hundred North American groups devoted to Amma's mission and unifies them under a single look and feel. The new site allows each group to continue maintaining its own content -- promoting local news and events, for example -- while benefiting from the traffic and resources available to the larger organization.

Project Type:
Community/Social, Content, Events
Organization Type:
Nonprofit
University of California at Berkeley
Department of Mathematics

Increasingly, websites are driving the first impression that prospective students, faculty, and funders have of an educational institution. To highlight its modern, forward-looking approach to research, the Mathematics Department at the University of California Berkeley completely rebuilt its outdated site on a new Drupal platform. Learn more about the services I provide for educational institutions.

Project Type:
Content
Organization Type:
Education
SF Public Press
A News Site for the 21st Century

Responding to the need for a closer look at issues affecting San Francisco, the not-for-profit SF Public Press launched in 2008 on a blog-centric Drupal 5 site. As the publication gained in popularity, the organization contacted me to help them create a news site for the 21st century -- one that would help them showcase their special reports and make their publishing process more efficient. The resulting Drupal 6 site features image galleries, audio, video, comments, aggregated news feeds -- and yes, multiple blogs.

Project Type:
Content
Organization Type:
Nonprofit
University of California at Berkeley
Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

The Department's original Web site had fallen behind on updates because making changes required a slow process of submitting change requests to busy IT staff who had to manually update the HTML in each page. Their new Drupal-based site allows Department staff to make changes immediately and without need for HTML training. Faculty members, too, have direct access to their profile pages which they can update as needed with their latest bio, CV, and publication info.

Project Type:
Content
Organization Type:
Education
Gateau et Ganache
The Online Home of Award-Winning Chocolates

As Gateau et Ganache began expanding its award-winning chocolate and marshmallow business, we worked together to keep its Web site in step. The complete overhaul more accurately reflects the luxurious nature of the company's French-style chocolates and makes managing online sales a breeze. Custom modules for electronic gift certificates, delivery date, and gift cards allow customers to send the perfect gift. Graphic design by Nina Samarguliani @ Moving Vision.

Project Type:
E-Commerce
Organization Type:
Commercial
Cascade Gran Fondo
Riding for a Cause

This cycling tour features Team RadioShack professional cyclist, Chris Horner, who will take riders through scenic Bend, Oregon. The site not only allows riders to register and pay their fees online, but also collects donations in variable amounts for four charitable organizations. I developed the backend with Drupal and Ubercart, while the site architecture and design was done by Island Pinnick of OneDotOver.

Project Type:
Content, E-Commerce
Organization Type:
Commercial
Leading Partner:
Island Pinnick @ OneDotOver
Digital Camera Resource Page
Simplifying the Publishing Process

With nearly 15 years providing unbiased reviews of digital cameras, the Digital Camera Resource Page recently made the decision to ugrade the underlying technology it uses to manage and serve reviews. Together we set up a Drupal-based content management system for reviews that integrates into the larger site and gives DCRP the flexibility to publish multi-page reviews and their corresponding photo galleries in significantly less time than through the old process. Plus, the system allows for future expansion.

Project Type:
Content
Organization Type:
Commercial
The FruitGuys
Custom Shopping Cart

Shipping fruit around the country and ensuring it arrives on-time and tastes just as fresh as the day it was picked is no easy business. When The FruitGuys needed a system that could handle the complexity of multiple product attributes, shipping restrictions, and seasonal availability -- and make it all seamless to the customer, they called on the great team at FivePaths to help. Working in partnership with that team, I customized Drupal's Ubercart ecommerce solution to offer an interactive AJAX front-end for selecting fruit delivery options.

Project Type:
E-Commerce
Organization Type:
Commercial
Leading Partner:
FivePaths
University of California at Berkeley
Program in Medieval Studies

The new site for UC Berkeley's Program in Medieval Studies better reflects the organization's emphasis and culture via a simple but elegant design that puts the beauty of medieval manuscripts on display. A calendar that integrates with UC Berkeley's master events site makes it easy for interested students and faculty to find relevant lectures in the area. And faculty listings that can be sorted by areas of interest make it easy for students and conference organizers to find experts in a given field.

Project Type:
Content
Organization Type:
Education