Lime Kiln Theater is a live, outdoor performance venue on the outskirts of Lexington, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. In the spring of 2014, they were rising out of insolvency under new leadership. To minimize costs, they organized a large volunteer force with various skill sets. For their new web presence, they needed an approach that would:
- Allow a professional web developer to create an eye-catching website
- Allow volunteers with modest technical skills to incrementally update the website
- Minimize monthly hosting costs
- Integrate with Eventbrite for purchasing tickets
We are now entering our fourth year of collaboration with Lime Kiln.
Finite Wisdom constructed a solution using the following tools:
We selected Weebly as the core technology platform for Lime Kiln's website. It allows us, the professional web developers, to create a sophisticated website. It is also easy enough to use that the volunteers at Lime Kiln can make incremental updates on their own, without any support from us.
We selected our own Color Block app for Weebly in order to add blocks of background color to various user interface elements. Weebly does not support this out of the box.
Last year, Weebly introduced their own App Center, allowing third-party developers to create new apps to extend the functionality of the core Weebly toolkit. Finite Wisdom has created several of these apps. This second app, Color Block, addresses a long-standing limitation in Weebly: there has been no mechanism to highlight particular content by putting a solid block of color behind it. Inside the Color Block, one can insert any combination of content blocks - titles, text, images, etc., or even other Color Blocks.
We used jQuery for scripting in the browser for a few desired special effects not supported out of the box by Weebly.
We used CSS to refine the visual appearance of certain user interface elements when Weebly did not offer the desired variety of options.
We integrated with Eventbrite for the online purchase of the tickets to the Lime Kiln events.
Eventbrite is the world's largest event technology platform. They provide the technology to allow anyone — music festivals, venues, marathons, conferences, hackathons, air guitar contests, political rallies, fundraisers, gaming competitions — to easily sell tickets to their events online.
Take a look
You can browse through their full website at www.limekilntheater.org or take a look at two screenshots we've provided below.
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