Website Sportiek Spins

January 2007 to August 2012

It all started in January 2007 when I followed my first Computer Science course and had to make a website. A very basic HTML website, it didn't even have to be valid. Because it was my first website ever, it contained a lot of elements that are bad and deprecated by now. E.g. (nested) frames. Below is a screenshot of the website. Keep in mind is was my first interaction with HTML & CSS.

In September 2007 I asked the board if I could become the webmaster because the website hadn't been updated for 2-3 years... They approved and I started building a new website, that had a bit more functionality. But since it still was only HTML the calendar, results and news had to be updated manually every time.

To reduce the time spend on updating the content, I create my first PHP website during the summer of 2008 and the result was satisfactory. I still had to update everything manually because there wasn't a MySQL database available and I didn't know anything about database at that time. Once we had a new host and access to a MySQL database, I started experimenting on how to put everything in and get it out of the database.

In the summer of 2009 I created a new backend for the website that was much more efficient and had a lot more functionality. As you can seen on the image below the admin menu gave the authorized user the change to create, edit or delete content without any knowledge of PHP, HTML or CSS. Because a new backend had to be build I also created a new template, that was more readable for most people.

At this time (February 2012) we are sill using this backend and template, with the necessary tweaks and updates to improve performance, accessibility and functionality. The website is mostly only used as a information portal (with news, the game calendar and game results) but we also use it to coordinate the selection of the officials for every home game. Recently I added a RSS-feed and an iCal function so people can easily keep track of the calendar and the results of the games. The next Sportiek Spins website will be a Drupal, but since I have a lack of time, it is postponed until further notice.

If you want to find out more about Sportiek Spins or about Inline Hockey in general, feel free to check out the Sportiek Spins website or the website of the Royal Belgian Ice Hockey Federation.