This site was a whole lotta fun. I’m a creative person myself, but to be dropped into coding a site for an entire troupe of creatives… it was the most fun (and hardest work) I’ve ever done.
I was brought into this site – to code the PSD comps into WordPress – and make it as dynamic a site that the theatre could have dreamed. They had ideas of what could be done with WordPress as far as content management went – and then they had a “wish list” of stuff that they thought would be nice to have, but not only didn’t expect it, they didn’t think it could be done.
I got to use a date-based system to help them easily set up showings on the front page of the site. They would simply write a post, set it into a “season” (for the internal “Season Listing” pages), use a few custom fields I put in to set the date the show would begin its run, and when it would end. My code did the rest of the magic. Where, previously, they had to manually go in every night after a show was over and update the site to the current status of the shows’ run, the site now does it automatically for them.
It also has groupings, internally, of the specific shows, the cast, and any posts in the site that are related to the page of the show you’re looking at. press releases are also nothing more than a click or tow away – the section not only serves as an area the press can go to and pick up the information for the local paper, it also serves as a gallery for the general public.
These are only a few of the amazing customizations I got to put into this site, and they couldn’t be happier, because they got more than they expected.