In 2010, drsketchy.com needed to grow to a new CMS-based website with user profiles for all of our 100+ active branches. I led as project manager and front end developer for the site's design and have continued adding new features as the site grows to keep it up to date.
The team included a visual designer who designed the wireframes and a back-end developer to set up custom plugins and searches, and a QA tester upon completion. I selected the CMS ExpressionEngine and was in charge of front-end development and on-boarding new members.
Front end Development
Member Onboard Training
The original drsketchy.com was a PHP-built website that listed all active branches, and hosted a blog and event listings for the NYC branch. With the company reaching nearly 100 licensed branches operating worldwide, it needed a dedicated hub site where fans and local members could visit to find out more information about their branch through individual profiles as well as advertise what was going on across the world with a shared blog.
I was handed this project after it was already behind schedule, with the idea of building an original CMS. I scrapped this, and, after a period of researching and comparing existing software, settled on the ExpressionEngine CMS, due to previous security issues we had with Wordpress's standard platform. ExpressionEngine featured all the plugins required for handling event listings, ticket sales, mailing list generation and multi-user profiles, and its PHP-based design made it easy to adopt and learn its internal language.
Since then, small updates have been performed both for an easier backend for users as well as front-end improvements such as individual branch sponsor listings, a new photo gallery and condensing informational pages on Dr. Sketchy's.