This is another political site that was done using WordPress. Gary manages the campaign of the last political site I did. The background employs very wide (1400 px) jpgs that have a fabric texture, and a little CSS3 for those of you that use a real browser like Firefox 3.5 or Safari (in case you [...]
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This site is yet another WordPress implementation making heavy use of template files and custom scripts per page. WordPress seems ideally suited for political campaigns and political websites for it’s simplicity and ease of maintenance. The idea with this site was to make it look professional and make use of social technologies which politicians are starting to realize are necessary and smart.
As per the way business has gone lately, it’s a WordPress blog theme. I love working with WordPress, and so do my clients. They get up and running fast with an elegant looking design, and they can put whatever they want on it with a very shallow learning curve. If you are paying someone for updates, you owe it to yourself to look into WordPress.
I’ve developed a lot of websites over the years, for a lot of people. I’ve developed them for people who were serious about making them work, and I’ve done them for people who were just dipping their toe in the Internet pool. What I’ve learned is, people with no goals when it comes to the on-line experience won’t last long. I’ve done some spectacular work for people who lost interest after the fact, not because I wasn’t there to help them along the way, but because they didn’t know what they were doing there in the first place.
For some reason my clients always have weird requirements for pages. Thankfully, Wordpress has a way. I remember reading a post on a forum recently where a user asked the question, “I created a Page and on that Page I want to list all posts in a specified category. How do I do this?” Naturally, one user decided to tell the guy it was impossible and that he should just stick to the status quo. This post is more for that doofus than it is for the guy who asked.
There are several more plugins I find indispensible, but these three are the post edit powerhouse I use to keep things tidy and user friendly. Two of them require API keys, but all are free, like most other WordPress related plugins. Give them a shot. I can’t blog without them.
We started with a wood grain photo (from my old house) and faded it to a bright brown, then laid some graphics on it with a translucent content pane. He is actually a very good writer, and he also does a lot of legal work with animals and animal related organizations. He’s actually helping the state of PA write anti-abuse and anti puppy mill laws.
We took a few backend items in this site and made them work together, so there is an underlying membership (continuity) component, as well as a payment gateway and newsletter function. It has an auto-responder and a few other nifty gadgets, all on a simple, almost minimalist substrate. The whole thing involved a great deal of education so that the client could manage the site himself.
I enjoy sites like this. They’re a-traditional, mildly grungy, not dark, but not light and use completely non-standard colors. I have to hand it to the client on this one. She had a vision and made me realize it. I love working with clients who know exactly what they want and wring it out of [...]
I made heavy use of golds, oranges and yellows in this design, with reds as accent colors. Probably the only non-offensive color in the whole mess is the blue text. It’s something to behold. His current wifesaid, “It’s pretty!” when she saw it. Whatever you say, sweety…