Appgravity

The Smarter Way to Discover Apps

Based in Chicago, Appgravity is an app search engine for iOS and Android devices. From August of 2013 to July 2014, I worked as Lead UI Developer.

My first task was to rewrite a legacy adaptive CSS site layout, and convert it to a modern responsive, validating HTML5 / CSS3 site with a bit of jQuery throw in.  Although the site is only a few pages, the variance of data on almost 500,000 apps made for some unique challenges.

I brought on board an SEO specialist who assessed the site performance in Google Webmaster Tools, and implemented a series of changes to sitemaps and site structure that resulted in greatly improved results, and began to drive more organic traffic.

I implemented my code changes directly into the Ruby on Rails codebase, created helper methods, and interfaced with the more advanced Ruby developers to solve UI/UX problems. All code was managed through GitHub, and I also handled production deploys via Capistrano.

After designing a simple yet effective Blog in WordPress, I created a custom WordPress plugin that accessed their API via JSON.  This enabled them to display an app ‘widget’ right inside any post.  The plugin is also used to easily generate a monthly newsletter to users of the site, showcasing the latest apps for their iOS or Android devices.

I also spearheaded development of the App Rating and Review features, along with the OAuth Social Media login process that created User Profile pages that displays the rated and reviewed apps.

http://appgravity.com