One of our favorite web clients, the Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center, LLC, has become very creative with the WordPress Ajax Event Calendar plugin. This plugin is beautifully written and allows detailed entry of color-coded events. It allows links, images, and maps in the event detail, which show in a modal window. But because the Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center’s calendar is jam-packed, they needed an adjustment for their clientele.
There is always something happening at the Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center. On any particular day, the calendar may have six or seven entries. That means that their calendar extends far down on the web page. And when you are in the middle of the calendar, it’s easy to lose track of where you are.
To improve their user experience, Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center has created a header category to show the day of the week as well as the day number. We suppressed the date numbers that would show in the grid by default to avoid redundancy. The result is a kinder cleaner experience for their dancers.
Take a glace at this Ajax Event Calendar. With the color-coded categories, the extensive detail available for each event, and the clarity of presentation, the calendar is working well for the Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center. And their customers are so pleased they are doing the happy dance.
Nothing is more satisfying to our team of web developers than the launch of a new website. Just as with our graphic design services, our website design efforts are original and customized each time. Translating business objectives into a functional, optimized, and graphically organized website is a unique challenge each time. It requires a meticulous attention to detail and the requirements of the client. It further requires our web developers to think outside the box and come up with effective solutions to seemingly impossible problems.
Some of the web design challenges we faced and overcame in this project include:
Organizing a website with many different components
Creating an easy to use navigation bar without sacrificing design or functionality
Designing stimulating graphics that convey the message intended by the client
Coding of advanced custom features, i.e. a calendar that can be easily modified, and a side bar that “floats”
Making sure the website functions properly on several different browsers
Word Wizards would like to congratulate our client on the successful new launch of this website. We invite you to explore this web page as an example of our extensive capabilities as a website development firm. If you reside in the DC metro area and you would like to learn how to dance, or rent a big space to host an event, we strongly recommend that you stop by The Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center and take a look around.