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Geek Build 2012 – Revisited

geek buildGeek Build 2012 began over one year ago as an attempt to build a real estate website from scratch using input from the GeekEstate community and industry experts. We had excellent momentum and participation in the beginning, and then, as happens to many a project, things became complicated. (See this post to catch up on where we left off).

Problems with the project primarily came down to two areas:

  1. Lack of participation: The first setback came soon after actual development began when several participants decided to take their websites in different directions. We then asked for, and added to the project, three new participants. Of these three, one became unresponsive and one decided to go in a different direction. That left only Sam DeBord and myself.
  2. Developer issues: What began initially as a two-week development schedule became five-months of never ending change requests. I spent countless hours sending probably over 500 rounds of communications with the developer, trying to fix problems and get the theme dialed in. There were times when I asked as many as ten times to get a particular problem solved, and there are still a couple of minor issues I never could get fixed. The process was frustrating to the extreme.

Where did that leave us? The test/development site is live at TheClearwaterBeachLife, and the search is set to dump into my primary website for testing purposes. In addition, Sam DeBord set up a test site himself at BellevueHomes.com, and also helped a great deal with the theme documentation.

The good news is that we ended up with a very flexible child theme for the Genesis Framework. All rows in the theme between the search box at the top and the footer are optional, and you can turn them on and off in the theme’s control panel. You can also choose whether or not to display the optional rows when the home page is loaded, or to give the user an option to display them with a prompt such as “See more from our website.”

The not so good news is that in the current condition the theme is quite technical to set up and work with, though we do have installation documentation. We also never got to the point of actually integrating the theme with Real Geeks IDX, as was the original plan.

Where to from here? If anyone is interested in the theme we can certainly discuss it.

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About Daniel Bacon

Daniel Bacon is a Florida real estate agent and licensed broker specializing in waterfront and luxury homes in the St Petersburg - Clearwater Real Estate market.

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  • http://SeattleHome.com Sam DeBord, SeattleHome.com

    That was a lot of work, Daniel, nice job. The finished product on http://BellevueHomes.com blends fairly well into my RealGeeks back end. It was a learning experience, I guess, right?

  • Robert Andolina

    Was this developer based in the United States or India? That can have a huge impact on deadlines being hit!

    • http://ohheyworld.com/ Drew Meyers

      They were abroad.

      The project would have cost a lot more if we worked with a developer in the states. But, I’m sure the result would have been better – assuming the developer we worked with was good.

      • Robert Andolina

        Totally understandable Drew, most companies you work with abroad just have communication issues unfortunately : / At least in my experience!

        • http://ohheyworld.com/ Drew Meyers

          Mine too

          • Robert Andolina

            Actually just emailed you Drew :) Let me know what you think!

  • http://ohheyworld.com/ Drew Meyers

    Dan – really appreciate all the work you did on this. Bummed it didn’t work out quite as planned. Certainly a great learning experience, I hope..

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