I was inspired when I was researching statistics and learned that small businesses make up most of our society and economy, and they are fading away because people are worried about their health procedures and are worried to try something new. So I made PLUTO for people who want to support their community by going to local businesses and for the businesses themselves to create a name for themselves.
What it does
PLUTO allows small businesses who don't have websites or don't have much recognition to build a small portfolio including their star rating and their specialty. Then it posts the portfolio on a public page for only small businesses for customers to see, allowing them to find the right fit and try something new.
How we built it
I built it on Atom using HTML,CSS,PHP, and MySQL. I used the programs MAMP and AAMP for the database and downloaded it onto my computer. I made the database using PHP and MySQL through PHPMyAdmin.
Challenges we ran into
I ran into challenges when my portfolio builder wouldn't submit, it took me a while to find the source of the problem(which turned out to be a bug in the code) and fix it. I also had problem with the community page when it would show an error, but I managed to fix it
Accomplishments that we're proud of
I am very proud of being able to problem solve and work efficiently by myself this hackathon. I am very new to Databases and having only learned bits and pieces of it, so I was very proud to be able to research and learn new things while completing this project. I am also proud of not relying on coding platforms like Relp.it, and instead learning how to code it using programs like MAMP and AAMP.
What we learned
I learned how to use Atom, and how to connect a database to a HTML form. I also learned how to upload code and make my website appear in a browser.
What's next for PLUTO
If I had more time, I would want to add more features to the portfolio such as a restaurant's menu or a salon’s prices, I would also like to add a search bar onto the browse page so people would be able to search for specific businesses or filter the results to their liking.