New project is ready!

My last blog post was almost a month ago, within that time the new project came to existence. I had opportunity to work with my wife on her portfolio.

The whole website came out better than I expected it. There are things to improve and there will be more elements being added in the future but overall, this is good start point for a portfolio. Let's dive in! - here you can see the website!.

What do we have on the website:

  • Sortable, hashtagable gallery model with thumbnail system and front end JS gallery and lightbox and anti-image-save plugin.
  • Additional single gallery item pages for sharing and commenting as well as improved SEO.
  • Blog model with thumbnail and paginator.
  • Dynamic meta-tags for each url. Gallery item single pages inherit them from captions and blog posts have description field that gets pushed as meta tag.
  • Simple contact form- similar to what we have on this website.
  • Website miraculously works on IE
  • XML site map at /sitemap.xml for improved google crawling

Let's have a look on some screenshots from admin site:

Gallery sorting view, this can be done by drag-and-dropping single gallery items. JS plugin:

Gallery sorting


Gallery image upload view, read helptext for better understanding:

Gallery upload view

Blog post view:



I think that the whole thing came out great and we hit 600 views on second day and some emails from new clients, thanks to reddit promo I think: 

Going viral on reddit

I have learned a ton since this website was made, I will be posting more tutorials on how individual elements were built and implemented in upcoming weeks.

Merry Xmass !