About the Client
Idylwood Civic Club has been online for over a decade. When I moved into the neighborhood in 2006, the web site was maintained by someone who was no longer an Idylwood resident.
When I volunteered to help with the web site (in exchange for carte blanche to experiment with the site and features), my offer was warmly embraced. The site, as handed to me in 2006, was a very basic site.
The group needed the ability to connect with residents, have a calendar of events and news articles. As with SheldonFD.org, I decided to base the redesign on CMS Made Simple. At the time, CMS Made Simple offered the most flexibility and ease of use for the site.
I knew I wanted some shade of green to be the basis for the rest of the color palette. Here is the first iteration of the CMSMS-based redesign. I was still using the original logo and font:
In 2010, I prettied up the design and made it more blocky with shades of gray but a lot more green and yellow. By that time, I was displaying the latest news items on the front page, still using CMSMS:
Bringing it All Together
By late 2011, it became apparent that Idylwood was outgrowing CMS-MS. They were now on Facebook, the officers and board members were very tech- and media-savvy, and we then decided we wanted some members-only features, such as an online directory and the ability to pay dues online.
I decided to port the site to WordPress to take advantage of its superior handling of social media. The only thing that I miss from Idylwood’s CMSMS days is that great Uploads module. I have found nothing that compares to it in WordPress, but I am making do with a couple of document management plugins.
Finally, earlier this year, once I had all my members-only pages and plugins in place, I decided to move the site to the Genesis platform (still WordPress, but using the Genesis framework). The new iteration of the site is using the Streamline Pro Genesis child theme.