Fixd Repair: A Vue-Powered Home Repair Website

2018 November - Ongoing
Goals
  • Redesigning the look and feel of an older WordPress website
  • Optimizing load times, refactoring the code base, writing clean reusable code
  • Utilize modern technologies such as Nuxt, Vuex, Router, and Webpack
  • Working effectively with a team under fast-moving business deadlines

Project Overview

Fixd Repair needs an older WordPress site updated for 2018. What’s a hot framework that certainly lives up to the hype? Vue.js to the rescue! My job was to work with a team, and fulfill my role by building out a performant front-end for the new site. Utilizing modern technologies such as Nuxt, Vuex, and Vue Router, I was able to build a scale-able front end for this fast-growing home repair company. Overall, the site is designed mobile-first, with a responsive design that works across all screen-sizes and browsers.

Process

Getting Started

I was provided assets, mobile and desktop designs, and a general sitemap with a game plan. My job now was to bring the designs to life. When I approach a site, I usually do it page by page all the way through, then move on to the next. This made sense when approaching the redesign, so that’s how I started.

Always Working On Something

After a full page is good to go, I’ll take revisions/feedback while moving on to the next. For time crunches, it’s ideal to always be working on what you can. For example, if a page is done, there’s no need to wait for reviews to come in if you can be working on another page. Since there was a time crunch, that’s the approach I took.

..And Beyond

Page by page works for a while, but real world requirements eventually kick in. After the first few pages were built out, the process turned into changing current designs, adding new features, and optimizing the overall site as much as possible. Changes from there involve a mixture of new designs/pages and tweaks to current ones.

Technologies Used

The build

Fixd utilizes not only the bells and whistles of Vue and its single file components, but also their third party libraries such as Vuex and Vue Router. The build uses a mix of Gulp.js for deployment to AWS and Webpack for building and generating static files(Nuxt).

Styles and SCSS

SCSS compilation and auto prefixing is built in on top of the overall build, allowing a large folder structure on top of some mixed-in scope styles. This is usually how I prefer to work, since I utilize global and reusable style rules where I can.

Other Libraries

This site also utilizes smaller libraries to carry out things like API calls(axios), form validation(vee-validate), and general helper functions(_scores, vue-smooth-reflow, etc).

Want to check out some code demos?

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Demo 1
Defining Reusable Column Extends with SCSS

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Demo 2
Discord Bot: Reddit API Ask Feature

The Purpose Some Discord bots have a feature where you can “chat” with the bot(i.e: Cleverbot integrations). I decided to take a spin on this concept and utilize the Reddit API to answer common questions. A user from the server asks a question using the b!ask command, then the bot gives a random answer from […]

Demo 3
React.js Modal Using The Hooks API

Modals are a classic piece of application functionality, made even easier with libraries like React. You could go with a library, but you can often make your own with less than 100 lines of code. Using the hooks API, you don’t even need a class based approach. This example is going full functional! Defining The […]

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