WFU’s school of Business website was on an outdated content management system, and they wanted to move to WordPress. This was no small feat for a site full of custom user interface elements spread across nearly 300 pages and 2000+ posts.
Update They've since tweaked the aesthetics of the site but the core development work is still active.Beyond integrating three different APIs for two services, WFU’s site is a perfect example of my flexibility and scalability. Completed over six months and nearly 200 man-hours, this site was an exercise in planning, coordination and research. Combine advanced back-end functionality with comprehensive front-end data availability and you have the recipe for this site. Two main functions of the site — the calendar and the staff directory — were web-serviced based frameworks that had no less than three APIs between them that required full integration into WordPress. Add to that a myriad of large and small UI tweaks that required extensive custom PHP coding to integrate with WordPress and you have one heck of a concoction. The original site was based on the bootstrap framework, but for the sake of ease and less bloat, we moved them to the Foundation 5 framework. After re-building the original theme in PHP and WordPress, we began the content migration portion of the job. Moving nearly 300 pages and 2000 posts was no small feat, and ensuring that all data came over and maintained its original appearance was our first priority.
Site Features »
Fully mobile-responsive with multiple custom breakpoints
Exactly duplicate look and functionality of original site on WordPress platform
Custom event calendar section with calendar and list views, pulling from Localist event webservice, dynamically updated once daily with multiple views and one to many filtering
Custom faculty directory with one to many filtering pulling from two different secure webservices, updated regularly
Dynamically generated hierarchical drop-down menus on pages populated with page children, option to exclude page children and option to hide altogether
Custom call-to-action menus generated on parent pages and inherited by child pages automatically with the option to override
Multiple custom post types for Newsroom, blog, call to action footer and spotlight posts, all with custom formatting
Ability to dynamically add student spotlight and call to action footer posts to any page
Highly customized menu structure with different mobile configurations
Totally customized back-end using multitudes of custom forms and fields for ease of use
Too many interface customizations to reasonably mention