D1O started as a little girl’s fascination with horses. In 1998 CEO Greta “Jade” Krafsig wrote a book about a young girl and her trusty steed. Following the book’s completion she decided she wanted a game to go along with it.
In 1999, at only 13, she started designing what would become her very first online game. White Oak Stables officially debuted in September 2001, running on her home laptop and only accessible for a few hours each day. Since then it has grown to over 100,000 members from more than 150 countries.
Today Jade Krafsig has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and is still programming the games she loves. D1O’s countless years of experience and unique insight can be attributed to the young girl who decided to write a story about a horse — and unknowingly creating a company geared towards quality games for women of all ages.
Today D1O has expanded to incorporate many other games, almost all of which center around animals. In total D1O has had the opportunity to work on over 26 games, several of which are still running strong today.
White Oak Stables, D1O’s largest game, is rated as one of the top online horse games in the United States. It has been featured in the Fredericksburg, Virginia Free Lance Star, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Animal Chatter Magazine in the United States; Mizz Magazine in the United Kingdom; and Horse Power Magazine in Australia.
Great looking site. How did you create the links and header? Did you pay for the upgrade to allow you to save your CSS changes, or is it possible to do this for free by downloading the WordPress tool?
Hey, glad you like it. I used one of the pre-made schemas called Blix that comes with the standard wordpress setup on the free version. Then I created a custom graphic that I uploaded for my banner at the top of the page. You can do that for free. You have to be upgraded to save the changes to the CSS unless you host wordpress on your own website.
If you have wordpress on your own website then you can chmod the layout files 777 and edit them directly from your wordpress admin panel. You can also find a lot of really great layouts that you can download for free until you have the skills to create your own.
I’ve made custom layouts for wordpress before if you’re interested. Go to my website http://www.design1online.com for more information.
So glad to see that you are doing well and obviously very productive. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future.
Hey Mrs. Zaidman! How have you been? Yes, I’ve been doing very well. Been working on bigger business deals, advertisers and sponsors. It’s been a challenge and a wonderful experience at the same time. Trying to juggle that and working full time has been tough but very rewarding.
I wanted to say thank you Jade for this wonderful website with so many useful tutorials.
Hi Jade, I am glad to see you love horses and dogs! Check out the UC Davis equestrian club website, I just put it up.
I want to start implementing the use of AJAX in my sites, so I found your scripts. Thanks you for posting and for this great site!