Te Aka Māori Dictionary Website

Te Aka Māori Dictionary Website

This is the online version of Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index

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Benek Lisefski

Laravel, TailwindCSS, AlpineJS

I essentially ported this website from ColdFusion/MSSQL to Laravel/PostgreSQL, while making significant improvements along the way. The main issue with the old site was the relevancy of the search results, so I used the power of PostgreSQL full text searching to dramatically improve this. I also managed to get a 280-500% increase on the search result response times, thanks to some strategic Redis caching and the fact that Laravel is pretty quick out of the box. I also built an entirely new admin panel for managing the dictionary.

I approached the design of the system as an API-centric one, which means both the frontend website and mobile apps are hitting the same API calls, so no duplication of logic needed.

The latest design refresh (2021) uses TailwindCSS and AlpineJS.