Boutell.Com Consulting

What We Can Do For You

Thomas Boutell is the author of the WWW FAQ, the gd dynamic graphics library, the cgic C-language CGI programming library, the rinetd port redirection utility, the PerlMUD single-process chat server with integrated web interface, the book CGI Programming in C and Perl, the Wusage web server log analyzer, the Mapedit imagemap editor, and more.

His high-quality web development, PHP/Perl/MySQL/Linux, Unix and WIN32 programming skills are now available on a consulting basis.

Boutell.Com Consulting specializes in short-term, fast-turnaround "guru" projects, such as PHP/MySQL consulting, web server and/or web log analysis setup and configuration, advanced one-time system administration tasks and scripting, and customization of existing open source packages to meet your particular needs.

We also take on contract work to add new features to our shareware products on a subsidized basis. For instance, the major features added to Mapedit in version 4.0 were developed with the financial support of a major customer.

Consulting work is performed remotely, often via ssh/scp, telnet/ftp or Windows Terminal Services.

Mr. Boutell also offers search engine optimization services based on his extensive experience gained over thirteen years of editing the WWW FAQ.

Pricing and Payment Details

Consulting services are billed at $75/hr with a one-hour minimum charge. We will gladly bill Fortune 500 companies on a Net 30 Days basis. In all other cases we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express with a $75 one-hour minimum charged before work is begun. For longer jobs we will consider other arrangements after the initial "getting to know you" period.

When we first receive your inquiry, we will ask any questions necessary to determine the scope of the job, and then provide you with an estimate. In the event that the actual task requires more time, we will provide you with reasonable advance notice and give you the option of altering your request, paying for additional hours or completing the remainder of the work in-house after paying us for work so far performed. We typically require a signed contract for jobs estimated to exceed five hours.

How To Order Our Services

Just contact us via our secure message form. Be sure to include the following crucial information:
  • What company you represent
  • What type of work you need done
  • When the work must be completed
  • Your full name, phone number, fax number and billing address
Please do not include confidential information, such as your root password, in your initial message.

We will then email you a proposal. When you have consented to the terms and provided payment for the first hour, work can begin!