I’ve just finished turning the band website into a WordPress site. Well, when I say ‘finished’, I mean I’ve put it up live because it’s in a place where I’m comfortable that the theme is pretty close to the original look.
Over the last few months I’ve taken a liking to WordPress and have used it more and more for various projects. There may not always be a plugin to do exactly what I need, but it’s pretty easy to pull something together yourself.
I didn’t want to change how the band website actually looked – I just needed a way for us to be able to easily add photographs, gig dates, and videos. Since the site itself has always looked pretty simple, I spent a while looking for a stripped down theme that I could customise before settling for Blank Slate. You can’t really get much more stripped down than a full CSS reset and the bare minimum markup!
The total time taken to convert the website from pure hand-written HTML to a WordPress theme with content, (including figuring out the plugins I wanted and customisations to those) was about a single day, and most of that was eaten up by me trying to decide which events calendar plugin to use.
I still need to do some SEO stuff and re-do the social media links, but all in all I’m pretty happy with how the conversion went. The site looks pretty much exactly the same, but we now have a real back-end that will allow us to manage our photos, videos, and gig dates far more easily.