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The Ning's the Thing…

Author: JLB

Published On: February 26, 2008

You may not have heard of it before… but we have a hunch that pretty soon, everyone is going to know what a NING is.


Well, sit right back and you’ll hear a tale about pirates, publishing and a high seas online adventure…

Near the beginning of February, a group of Pirate Monks approached JLB WORKS and asked for our help in creating an online community, where hundreds of members from across the country could convene, meet each other, share their lives, fellowship and schedule their meetings accordingly. It had to be an interactive, dynamic site that combined the convenience of an online forum, the thrills of video and the bare necessity of blogging.

The catch? Team JLB had to develop the site within two and a half weeks.

samson societyAs the Pirate Monks explained, their Captain (a fine scalawag named Nate Larkin) had just published his first book, Samson and the Pirate Monks, with Thomas Nelson. National magazine, Christianity Today, was set to release a feature story on Larkin and his merry band, The Samson Society, at the beginning of March.

That meant Team JLB had to produce a graphic design, code the design with CSS and XHTML markups and then convert that design into a viable, functional site predicated on interactivity and supported by a dynamic database configuration. All within an 18-day window.

After scouring the Web for possibilities, our team chose an up-and-coming social network platform called Ning (which was co-founded by Marc Andreessen). Using the Ning as our launching pad, we implemented a layout based on our graphic design, and we utilized Ning functionality to add an array of components, including an Events section, a Members section, individual Member Logins and unique page control, a Blog, a general Forum and the ability to stream Videos. All in all, it’s a pretty nifty configuration.

And though we had to virtually memorize (or at least know very well) the more than 1,000 lines of Ning design/programming code, for Team JLB, the project was well worth it. Now, hundreds of men are able to connect seamlessly with each other from across the nation, within a matter of seconds.

Of course, we had other reasons. After all, nobody likes a grumpy pirate…

It’s remarkable working with the team that treats your business they would their own with drive, innovation, humility and a shared love of bringing great things to the wonderful Franklin & Nashville community.


RED DOG WINE & SPIRITS – Nashville Web Design


“In the search of looking high and low for a Ecommerce website design firm, we came across JLB. They are now like a part of our family and strive to do all they can to take our sales and growth to a whole new level. We recommend JLB to everyone we come across looking for a solution to their website needs.”


Chad, BOWADX – Franklin TN Web Design

“JLB has been the driving force  that has launched our company into the media spotlight, gaining us publicity through a broad cross-section of business related media including new apps and interactive activity for our clients. We are moving forward with our second web design with JLB and will continue to make them part of our team.”


John, The Perch – Brentwood TN Web Design

“I started with JLB when they first opened fifteen years ago, when they redesigned a website for me.  They are my go-to company for anything to do with web sites. These guys are professional, talented, creative and an energetic team. I will always go to JLB first for my web design work. Thanks JLB.”


Phyllis, Carneros Winery – Nashville TN Web Design

We were having problems with our online brand and digital marketing. JLB was great. Worked through it with us, created an amazing presence and business is great. The staff at JLB is fantastic too. Friendly and always there for you.


Life Line Repairs – Nashville TN Web Design

I and all of us at Sports & Entertainment Nashville TN have been thrilled with the website you guys did for us, and especially the professional service and communication you guys have shown.


Sports and Entertainment – Nashville Web Design

We interviewed several web design firms, but found that JLB’s talented team was the most creative, innovative, and professional. Choosing JLB has been a great decision! We are fortunate to have JLB be a part of the BMC Metalwork’s future as we continue to enhance our business.


Jimmy, BMC – Franklin TN Web Design

“There were a number of website design companies in Nashville that would have done an adequate job for our company. The difference was that JLB wanted to be our partner and has been for 11 years. STAR Physical Therapy has been blessed to have them as a teammate.”


Regg Swanson, STAR – Franklin TN Web Design