Kiteboard Minnesota

Gaining empathy by owning an entire website process.

What I Did

  • Design
  • Copywriting
  • Theme Development
  • Gutenberg Development

Tools Used

  • WordPress
  • Cloudinary
  • Serverpilot
  • DigitalOcean


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One of my main hobbies in life is kiteboarding. It gives me a thrill like no other sport and it is the closest thing I have ever experienced to flying. Here in Minnesota, we have a wonderful community of kiteboarders that care for the places we frequent and support each other while participating in a dangerous sport. The being said, we didn’t have anything on the web that could support our community and share what we learned with outsiders or visitors. To solve this problem, I set out to build something for the community I love. That something would be called Kiteboard Minnesota.

Whenever I take on a side project, I try and do it in a way that will expand my skills. Sometimes this means trying a new web technology, and sometimes this means performing completely new job responsibilities. For Kiteboard Minnesota, I decided to stretch myself and do both. I wanted to complete a web project from start to finish all by myself which would include branding, design, copywriting, development, and finally SEO. Beyond all that, I choose to take this opportunity to learn how to use the new Gutenberg editor in WordPress.

Even though I bit off quite a bit, in the end I was very happy the way it turned out. Throughout the process I gained a large amount of empathy for the talented people I get to work with in this industry. Finally, I couldn’t be happier to contribute something to the kiteboard community I love.

The homepage of Kiteboard Minnesota on a large screen.

The map of kiteboard locations at Kiteboard Minnesota on a large screen.

An example of the user experience at Kiteboard Minnesota on a large screen.

An example of the gutenberg experience at Kiteboard Minnesota on a large screen.


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