So, I’m curious. As a developer, most of my CI projects have a tendency to be larger-scale projects that would have been difficult to do with a standard CMS. They include things like user profiles, custom content-type, etc. But I have no clue if I’m in the minority or not.
What type of projects do you tackle when you’re using CodeIgniter?
Currently I’m working as lead developer at one of Swedens largest youth communities, for teens between 13-18 and we’re in the progress of rewriting the entire site (a couple of 100k lines of code) into Codeigniter. It contains a community portal (profile, guestbooks, photoalbums, visitorlogs, facts, dairy and the likes), forums, flashgames, articles/news, chatservices, sex/relationship-panels, php-games, an extensive administration panel with filters to catch groomers, pedophiles and such. It’s a huge project and CI fits into the equation perfectly =)
I’ve been building a custom authentication framework server that securely blowfish encrypts data and decrypts it sent from software installations. A system that does kind of what Windows does for its licensing component for activating windows.
I orignally wrote it using straight up OOP PHP code, but moved to Codeigniter to simplify things and trust me it was worth the code rewriting. Wish my work would move to Codeigniter we use Zend for small-scale websites that receive 10,000 hits a week or so which Codeigniter would handle better in my opinion and in less code too.
I’ve just developed a CMS targeted towards adventure travel companies. It lets you create pages for and and set relationships between destinations, trips, accommodations, activities etc. as well as post press releases, newsletters and media coverage to the site. It also has a simple blog, photo albums and videos and has a tool that lets you create custom google maps to attach to each trip or destination page.
It only exists as a backend tool to add content to the database with a custom front end created for each site I use it for. It’s pretty handy to demo to a client when bidding and saves a lot of work when developing a site. Any new features created for a specific site get rolled into the base version and are available for new projects.
I’m in the middle of rewriting my application framework to make it run on CI. It is used for SAAS based sites, Intranet applications, and other custom applications that would need much more functionality than a standard CMS can provide.
since my job is building desktop apps, the only sites I get to work on are my personal sites….
I have one for the model rail road I haven’t worked on in a few years (that includes the site and the layout)... I built one for family genealogy (currently being used to house some recipes of mine so I could share them) and one for an internet streaming radio station I’m hoping to re-launch later this year or early next. The RR site was build using MS’s Publisher, the family site is built with WordPress and the radio one is a home-grown site, and is the one I’m converting to CI.
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Since I started working as a web programmer (around 7 months ago) I built several CI-powered websites for different things , mostly custom CMSes for small companies .
Now I am working on a webapp that will be used in schools as some sort of educational tool , it has 4 userlevels , will have a forum , it already has events , personal and shared calendars , groups and such.It will also have articles (aka some sort of blogging system) and its fun to build so far.Users have avatars and such , and did not decide if I will build a forum or just use PhpBB.
I used to focus on traditional desktop development (VB, VBA for Access, SQL Server) but have moved over to web development over the last four years or so.
After a floundering around for year writing my own straight PHP sites (standard CMS and basic shopping cart sites, all custom built), I discovered CI and haven’t looked back (actually I came across CakePHP first, but didn’t like its restrictive, overly-disciplined nature).
Since CI, I’ve created a CMS/resource portal community site for a national smoking quitline, a restaurant on-line ordering and CMS site, and several other custom-built CMS sites.
Over the last 12 months, I have built my own ecommerce shopping cart framework (based on CI) and have begun using it to develop bespoke solutions for clients. This came out of frustration of the currently available open source solutions (ZenCart, OSCommerce, Magento, WP based carts, etc) where it was very difficult to develop sites that actually looked different from each other. Magento is the best out of the bunch (I based a lot of my framework on it) but it is still a pain to customise/skin and has some key features missing (check their forums).
My sincere advice is to spend a reasonable amount of time building your own shopping cart framework (it took me 8 months for my first version) rather than going for an open source solution. You will know your own site much more intimately and have full control over customisation and extending functionality.
Same as op, I only use CodeIgniter when Drupal, Wordpress, etc. can’t do what I need. But I would be interested to see anyone’s custom made CMS’s. The Questioner does raise a good point with ecommerce software.