OHF31: orchestra's website
This is the website that got me started with web development. I actually reworked it 3 times to learn, improving it each time!
This website is a showcase site for my orchestra, l’Orchestre d’Harmonie du Frontonnais. Nothing complicated, it made of a few pages : home, about the orchestra, its story, upcoming schedule, medias and contact.
Check out the website!
Purpose and Goal
At the end of 2019, I was getting involved more and more in my orchestra’s online presence. Indeed, I was filming concerts with several cameras and editing videos to publish on social medias (nothing crazy, only fades in and out). But one thing was still not looking great: the website.
Made with an old Drupal template, I was looking for a solution to make the website look better and more professional. So I thought “Why not learn HTML along the way?” and I got started.
This website is important for me because it’s really what got me started in web development.
1. HTML and CSS
I never really coded before, I mean I coded in Unreal Engine 4 with blueprints
but it was a visual editor, not lines of code. So to start I followed
this tutorial from Traversy Media
and it taught a lot of thing. I wasn’t understanding the half of the CSS I was
writing (and I was using
float…) but still, I managed to get this first
I remember deploying this website over FTP using FileZilla on OVH around Christmas.
So definitely a great way to start!
The musicians space
Like a lot of devs out there, I decided I wanted to build my own CMS instead of using WordPress. Why would I use a really popular CMS since I know everything to build a full custom one on my own? (Spoiler: I wasn’t ready)
So I started to learn PHP, I mean not a framework but really procedural PHP. The code was an absolute mess, absolutely not secure, duplications everywhere and so on. To be able to refresh some parts of the Ui without the whole page, I used AJAX with JQuery so I a way, I was building some kind of small APIs. BUT I was returning HTML, not JSON, stored in a string. It was an absolute nightmare to debug.
But still, I learned a lot along the way, especially about MySQL and CSS.
2. Bootstrap 5 and PHP
I didn’t manage to find a screenshot for this one.
As I was coding the musicians space, I discovered Bootstrap 5 and was really enjoying it. So, to train and because the first version of the website wasn’t looking that great after all, I decided to rebuild it from scratch. I was still using PHP for imports (html meta tags or stuff like this) but in retrospect, it wasn’t useful.
3. Nuxt 3 and Tailwind CSS
The 2nd version had been released for more than a year and then… “We need to add an announce now that we can do concerts, and the next one is in 1 week and half. Could you add it?” Sure I can but… My tech stack has changed a lot since last year, I was only beginning learning web development and I don’t have the right setup nor the will to get back to such tech. So guess what… 3rd version!
The deadline was the 10th of November and at the time I was looking for a way to try out Nuxt 3 now that beta was released since October. Well, it was instable and I had quite a lot of issues (of which HMR which is really painful) but eventually I managed to get it working. That was also the opportunity to try VueUse motion for animations.
Apart from the technical side, I didn’t really change the whole layouts or content.
Since then, I updated the app to use the
3.0.0 release, improving stability
The website is working pretty well and I haven’t planned any further development for now.
However, it’s not that visited right now but this is because of a marketing issue: no many people are even aware of the orchestra’s existence. I might work on that in the future, establishing a digital marketing strategy etc…
I’m also considering plugging in a CMS for people to enter data (like future concerts), I need to investigate.
This project has taught me a lot of things, web development at first and new techs then, each version allowing me to learn more technologies.