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26
Aug

How to Run Multiple ExpressionEngine Websites from One Set of Core Files

At Rocket Media, we use a git submodule and lots of symlinks to separate the ExpressionEngine core files from the rest of the site-specific files. Then when it's time to update, we check out the newest version branch and follow the appropriate EE upgrade steps.
21
Aug

Can I Convert My Current Website to a Responsive Design?

Because of all the attention responsive design has gotten recently, we’ve received many questions about it. One of the most common is, “Can I just convert my current website to responsive design?”
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Rocket Media is an all-in-one web design and internet marketing agency established in 2003 and located in Gilbert, Arizona. With 10 years of experience helping businesses of all shapes and sizes make their mark on the web, you can count on Rocket Media to help you grow your business.

As a team of individuals with diverse backgrounds, we have the experience in and knowledge of just about every form of online marketing, including web design, search engine optimization (SEO), content development, social media marketing, email marketing and much more.

Whether you're a small startup, bustling enterprise or somewhere in-between, Rocket Media can provide unique and effective solutions to help your business not only survive, but thrive.

Ben Kalkman
CEO / Founder
Curtis Bowman
Developer
Brittany Byers
Project Coordinator
Ashley Dodge
Office Coordinator
Garrett Henderson
Lead Developer
Aaren Hofferth
Designer
Heather Irwin
Search Marketing Strategist
Lindsay Kalkman
HR & Office Manager
Erica Luoma
Accounting Manager
Corey Milstein
Account Executive
Bryce Propheter
Content Manager
Chase Roberts
Web Copywriter
Preston Rayhons
Lead Designer
Eirlyse Sollars
Designer
Matt Spaanem
Developer
Sara Taylor
Project Manager
John Weeston
Social Media Strategist
Rex The Pinata
Candy Management
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  • Ben Kalkman
    CEO / Founder
    Ben Kalkman is the CEO, founder and owner of Rocket Media. When he has down time from running a successful company, being the father to 6 kids, running half marathons and purchasing every new Apple product that comes to market… eh who are we kidding, Ben has no down time.
  • Curtis Bowman
    Developer
    A few quick things about Curtis: 1) If there was such a thing as a Netflix Aficionado, Curtis would qualify. 2) The amount of Spotify playlists he has created number “at least a billion.” 3) He claims he’s from Boston, but we’re a little weary because he doesn’t have the accent to prove it. Of course, at Rocket Media these have little bearing as he can code and design with the best of them. (And isn’t that what really matters?)
  • Brittany Byers
    Project Coordinator
    Brittany lived in Arizona then moved away then moved back. (Fascinating, no?) She wrote the book on how to market Rocket Media to other businesses. Literally. (It’s in its second edition.) She is proud of the fact that she has never had Chicken Pox and claims she makes the best macaroni and cheese on either side of the Mason-Dixon line.
  • Ashley Dodge
    Office Coordinator
    Ashley is responsible for keeping Ben on task (a full-time job by itself) and answering the phones at Rocket HQ, among other things. When she’s not doing that, however, you may find her (literally) skating through life. She loves rollerblading and she’s always got her inline skates in the trunk of her car.
  • Garrett Henderson
    Lead Developer
    Although he’s never attended Oxford University and has only a vague sense of its location, for some reason Garrett is one of the largest proponents of the Oxford comma (much to the disdain of many of his Rocket Media peers.) And don’t let his baby face fool you, he has been coding sites since the birth of Google. (Remember life before Google?)
  • Aaren Hofferth
    Designer
    Aaren has been a designer at Rocket Media for almost 8 years – that's 56 in dog years! His favorite part of the job is creating simple solutions to complex problems (and free Diet Coke.) Outside of work, he loves to travel and has ridden a roller coaster in the Bavarian Alps, swum with Angel fish in Maui and petted a baby jaguar in Mexico.
  • Heather Irwin
    Search Marketing Strategist
    If you need help with Google, online ads or really anything search related, you want to talk to Heather. But besides being our Search Executive, Heather also loves playing soccer and hanging out with her family. Oh and we can’t forget Rookie, WG and Sookie (her dogs), who she says would be hurt if they were left out of her bio.
  • Lindsay Kalkman
    HR & Office Manager
    With 6 small kids, we don’t know if Lindsay is creating a basketball team made up entirely of her own offspring or just trying to land a new reality TV show. However, we do know that she is in charge of HR, and helps with billing and accounting at Rocket Media. (We’re not sure how she does it either, but we have our suspicions.)
  • Erica Luoma
    Accounting Manager
    Erica used to live in Northern California (until she realized how much better Arizona is). She is our Accounting Manager (which, as we understand it, means she does all the stuff with numbers.) But don’t let the job fool you, she’s serious about sports (especially volleyball) and spends most weekends shuttling her kids to sporting events and cheering them on at said events.
  • Corey Milstein
    Account Executive
    Corey has lived as far east as New Jersey and as far west as Eugene, Oregon (where his love of waterfowl originated.) But he currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona where he works at Rocket Media and helps businesses find the right online marketing mix to grow their business. He’s also responsible for making sure everyone knows he went to the U of O.
  • Bryce Propheter
    Content Manager
    Bryce was born and raised in the Arizona desert and has never called anywhere else home. That may be why his definition of a lake or river is likely much different than yours. At Rocket Media he leads the Content team (and hates writing about himself in the 3rd person.)
  • Chase Roberts
    Web Copywriter
    Yes, ladies, that southern drawl is authentic. Chase hails from a small town outside of Montgomery, Alabama. He loves sweet tea and all the bacon. But in between consumption of these favorite treats, he works at Rocket Media where he helps Bryce plan and execute content strategies. He has a way with words, as they say.
  • Preston Rayhons
    Lead Designer
    If you follow along with us on the Facebook, you may already know Preston as the man with way too many shoes. But there's more to him than just shoes, Preston is a traditional artist turned digital designer who claims his most useful tools are simply a pencil and paper. He is responsible for most of the design work turned out by Rocket Media.
  • Eirlyse Sollars
    Designer
    Eirlyse (that’s with a long “i” sound like Ireland) thinks that of all the sandwich ingredients, mustard has it the best because it has a nice hue. And curiously, she likes orange’s color best but prefers apple’s juice. She is also an avid photographer and when she’s not designing websites, banners and other awesome things for Rocket Media, you might see her out with her camera.
  • Matt Spaanem
    Developer
    Matt is a brewmaster. You name something that could be made into a beer and there’s a 90% chance he’s already done it. On average, there are over 10 gallons of beer in his home at any given time. His passion for homebrew is unmatched at Rocket Media, where he’s one of the magicians that turns designs into code and makes sure websites look good and work well on your computer, tablet, phone or anything else with a screen.
  • Sara Taylor
    Project Manager
    Sara has been at Rocket Media for almost as long as there has been a Rocket Media.  And if you’ve worked with us, you already know her. Sara is our Project Manager, which basically means she keeps the rest of us on task and lets our customers (you!) know how the project is moving along. It’s been theorized that without her, Rocket Media would descend into chaos.
  • John Weeston
    Social Media Strategist
    Whatever you do, DON’T ask John how he broke his leg or what happened to his bike (separate incidents), they’re sore subjects. If you do need a discussion topic, ask him where he’s from –  he’s lived in so many places, we’re not sure he knows that answer anymore. But he’s in Arizona now where he is Rocket Media’s Social Media Strategist. (That’s a fancy way of saying he knows the Facebooks and Twitters.)
  • Rex The Pinata
    Candy Management
    The first time the Rocket Media team met Rex, a string was tied around his neck and he was hung from a tree where the team took turns bashing him with a bat in an attempt to get at and eat his insides. Such is the life of his kind. However, afterwards he was rescued, carefully taped together and is now a permanent and loved fixture of the Rocket Media office (and website.)
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