I had a great time working with a non-profit in Maryland, called Bach In Baltimore. The task: WordPress design and development (what else?), with a bit of js timeline animation on the side.
I’m lucky to have had a deep love for the music of J.S. Bach since I was a child; it was some of the first music I heard as a child, thanks to my mother, and the music I most frequently recite on guitar during my free time.
I love attending performances of Bach, naturally, and one of the groups I came to love was Bach In Baltimore. They give frequent free concerts, and the organization is funded, primarily, by patron donations, and with a grant by the Maryland State Arts Council.
So one day, while I was looking for directions to attend one of their events, I made my way to their website.
I was saddened to see the type of WordPress template we all dread. The old-school ‘freemium’ template, with base64-encrypted spam links in the footer, numerous jQuery issues, and more.
It was so bad that I’m not going to post a before picture here. (If you’re really curious, check out the wayback machine, of course).
Once or twice per year – whenever time allows – I like to offer free WordPress services for an individual or company that’s 1) Brilliant, and 2) Likely would not have the budget for boutique web design and development services.
So I reached out, and was lucky to get a response from the Founder, Conductor, and all-around great guy T Herbert Dimmock. The rest is now history!
Here’s a look at their new site:
This was an entirely pro-bono site. Luckily, I have developer licenses for some pretty great plugins, so back-end stuff was largely trivial. I paid for one thing out of my own pocket – which is the theme I used as a framework. Can you guess what it is without peeking?
It’s by the awesome Mike McAlister, a theme called Radius.
A few essential plugins also power their site. So a huge shout-out to these lovely, brilliant works of art:
- Gravity Forms
- Yoast SEO
- Event Espresso
- and to push from the stage, the amazing WP Migrate DB Pro
From there, we have some json api stuff to post activity to Constant Contact, and a few non-profit software suites. Doesn’t get bigger than, say, a typical Salesforce web-to-lead form setup, though.
Aside from some light design work after that, I made a short animation explaining the origin of J.S.Bach’s self-designed logo, using the Greensock Animation Platforms’ tweening library.
Certainly nowhere near the most complex WordPress site I’ve had the pleasure of building, but it was a whole lot of fun.
It was great working with (some) of these folks!