Around 2013, we were approached by some Elko County judges who were impressed with a site we built for the Sixth Judicial District Court here in Winnemucca. They asked us to put together a single website to serve as an information clearinghouse for all eight courts in Elko County, Nevada. It was a labor-intensive project initially, as we worked with a large group of clients to pull together all the media and information needed. After several weeks, we launched on Joomla 2.5. Distributing costs among the various courts helps keep costs low for Elko County taxpayers. We migrated to Joomla 3.x in 2017, and the site serves an impressively high volume of users. It features an advanced download manager that serves up the self-help legal forms preferred by each court, custom logo branding, judge bios, courthouse maps and photos, links to third-party ticket payment gateways, and SSL encryption for a handful of domain names that point to the site.
This site uses custom photography and advanced Google Maps techniques to showcase the work of a local building contractor. It also features a catalog component showcasing the builder’s sideline in fine furniture. It began life in 2010 on Joomla 1.5, and was migrated to Joomla 3.x six years later. During the migration, a new template was implemented, as the old one was no longer maintained. Additional features include spam-protected contact forms, mobile-clickable phone numbers, and Google Maps with custom info bubble and printable driving directions.
This site launched with a new, custom logo design, and an extensive catalog of the museum’s attractions, photographed by us and described by museum founder Pansilee Larson. Several years later, we added an online store offering memberships, historical publications, and event tickets. Winnemucca Web Works is proud to donate the hosting and maintenance for this site, and even more proud that, with a little help at times, museum staff have largely been able to add and modify content by themselves. Over the years, the site has migrated from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 and finally to 3.x. These migrations entailed a full template replacement, along with the replacement of several essential components.
This site was originally built on WordPress 2, by Bill Sims, director of GBAE, a non-profit aimed at bringing quality musical entertainment to Winnemucca. Around 2010, I migrated the site to my hosting platform, added a direct email system built atop PHP-List, and have donated hosting and maintenance ever since. The site’s aging template required several minor surgeries to keep it running on more modern versions of WordPress. So, in 2019, I convinced Bill to let me migrate the whole site to a more modern template. To ensure our new template provider would never go out of business or loose interest, I sellected WordPress 5’s built-in “TwentySeventeen” theme, which was more than up to the task of recreating Bill’s original website vision with good mobile device support and great speed. Oh, and I also added a simple online ticket sales system based on Event Tickets from Modern Tribe, and a new “Past Performances” page that presents historic show information in a succinct and aesthetic way.
Here’s a blast from the past! I built this site in 2002, entirely from scratch, using MySQL, PHP, HTML, CSS, and a smidge of C. Until 2016, the site enabled a retired bicycle shop owner with little computer expertise to run an online store featuring vintage bicycle gear. The shop closed when the owner passed away. I have left it up as a tribute, after disabling the “Buy” buttons. It still gets a lot of traffic, in part because of the moon calendar, which provides moon-rise and -set information aimed at helping people plan moonlight mountain bike rides, a passion of the site’s former owner. The moon calendar calls custom-compiled C binaries based on phoon and gcal. Over the years, the code was ported from BSD Unix to Linux, and from PHP3 to PHP5. It is due for another facelift, from function-based PHP5 to object-based PHP7, and to responsive display code, if anyone is interested! DerbyKing.com’s homepage and product pages have the distinction of earning a perfect 100 on Google’s PageSpeed ranking, while the category pages rate 99 or higher!! This feat is more astonishing when you consider what this site is NOT doing: No page or code caching No minified code No page compression PHP5, without speed enhancements of PHP7 No high-end hosting… it’s just DigitalOcean What’s the secret? Carefully optimized SQL queries that hit the database only a time or two per page load One .css file per page Loading .js files only on pages where needed. Dead-simple DOM. Only ~300 nodes! The administrator backend is pretty fast, too. As noted, if any readers have time and interest in hacking on this, let me know, and I’ll set it up a github and release it GPL2.