The Collage Gallery (collage-gallery.com) needed a site they could update easily but also show off the beauty of the work. Working together with John Muldoon (thewatermarkgroup.org), we gathered up Delisa’s best shots from her gallery, stapled on an easy-to-navigate framework, glued it all together with a bit of WordPress and we were open for business.
Julie Gorton (juliegortonsart.com) needed a simple site to show a gallery of her work. WordPress + SimpleViewer and done. SimpleViewer creates a beautiful slide show of images that are easy to update. It does a nice job of using a simple backend to still create a Flash slide show.
Lee Foster (fostertravel.com) was looking to overhaul his travel writing and travel photography site. He had quite a complex set up with CNAME entries leading to custom URLs at PhotoShelter, a custom shopping cart that worked with PayPal, 250+ articles with loads of text, images, slideshows, and a blog at TypePad? Whew. Ready?
WordPress handles it all and now everything is in one place. His shopping cart has prices, sales, shipping settings, all within WordPress. He can add SEO tags to each post individually just by using the WordPress admin. He creates slide shows at PhotoShelter and just pastes in the (embed) code so the slide shows show up nicely on his site. Using the redirection plugin, we can handle the old URLs and redirect them using 301 redirects (that Google likes) so visitors still linking to the old site can come right into the new site without a glitch. For pages that don’t have custom redirects, we created a friendly “404” (error) page that welcomes the visitor and gives them a nice table of contents to quickly find what they were looking for.
So go have a look at Lee’s travel writing and photos at fostertravel.com. Enjoy.
Ugo Baldassari needed a professional site for his real estate practice. With Paschal Sabatella at the creative design helm and WordPress in the engine room, we together came up with ugo4homes.com. Ugo wanted a fading slide show of properties and those slide shows should be dependent on the page of the site. Using conditional statements in WordPress to show NextGen galleries inside of a widgetized header it’s working. And not only is it working, but it’s easy to change the images in the galleries, easy to show Gallery X on Page Y and so on.
Bay Area Travel Writers (batw.org) had been using a custom-coded website for many years and worked very well … until the custom coder was too busy to help. The code was, well, custom, so that made it hard for anyone (namely me) to help out behind the scenes. But they needed some fancy features behind the scenes: complex member management, event registration, management, payment, and RSVPs, and some document printing from databases of member information. Sure, WordPress could probably piece all of that together, but we found MemberClicks and they did it all out of the box. But then they wanted to add content. Lots of content. Regularly. Easily. With multiple authors in multiple categories. And events, and newsletters, and comments, and … hello again WordPress.
So their admin site is still run by MemberClicks, but the “main” information site and the site for the public is running on WordPress. Multiple authors are now adding dozens of articles, news items, photos, and whatever else they want to the site on a regular basis.
So we set them up on WordPress (yptmtc.org), kept the look and feel of the previous site and voila! Now anyone with a login name and a password can get in there and change show dates, links to tickets, add photos, and edit text most everywhere on the site.