WordPress Websites: Show and Tell
What theme are you using, and why? Is it a custom theme or off the shelf”?
- Rely on the KISS principle / easy Administration
- Easy to delegate to the future webmaster
- Allow “anyone” to easily change the background, header, colors, etc.
- Widget-friendly, allowing “anyone” to rearrange elements on the site
What plugins are you using, and why?
- AdRotate by Arnan de Gans – used for sponsorship (AustinChildfree.org)
- Events Manager – used for RSVPs (AustinCanes.com & AustinChildfree.org
- Twitter Tools by Crowd Favorite
– Tweets the instant a blog post is published.• All In One SEO Pack by Michael Torbert – sets titles, descriptions, and keywords for search engines; blog titles can be clever or simple (instead of keyword rich)
- Mobile Theme Switcher by Jeremy Arntz
– sets which theme is displayed on types of mobile devices—particularly the iPad
- Tumblr Widget by Gabriel Roth and WP Tumblr by the Greek WordPress Community
– embed & incorporate your Tumblr feed into WordPress (instead of sending WordPress posts to Tumblr); great for “reblogs” & other Tumblr-specific sharing.
What’s one thing you might do differently if you were to build the site from scratch?
- Eliminate the in-house “program” from scratch. Since it “broke” during neglected server upgrades over recent years, we should have put it out of its misery.
- Looked for money for a graphic designer or an “intern”. The message is difficult to convey in the positive.
What’s a cool thing you want to show off?
- “free for commercial use stock images” on flickr flickr > Search > Advanced Search or: flickr.com/search/advanced Type in terms at the top, choose other preferences, and click the 2nd/3rd CC boxes at the bottom. [Hat Tip to @SheilaS for this nugget!] EX: keywords “Bollywood Clay Pit” with all three checked results in one image of the band; “Bollywood Clay Pit” with only the first two checked results in all nine images uploaded to flickr from the event.
- semi-custom repeating background from bgpatterns.com