New York Photographer Goes to Avada Theme

New York Photographer Goes to Avada Theme

Showing off his work with sliders and portfolios.

If you have excellent photography, let the images do the work–not the WordPress theme.

Michael Radassao displays his beautiful work effortlessly with easy-to-use sliders for the home page as well as a portfolio section, a space for a blog and customer testimonials.

His previous site worked well in WOO Themes Canvas, but with the Avada WordPress theme, we’re taking it to the next level. The home page has parallax effects, scrolling long page where we can introduce Michael and his work and then lead off into sub-sections to dig deeper into the photography.

Northern California Enamel Guild

Northern California Enamel Guild

Have loads of beautiful photos you’re ready to show off?

Together with Querido Galdo, we created a polished site that lets the artwork shine through. The Northern California Enamel Guild now has a site that they can update themselves, add more artwork and even use the events plugin for their upcoming shows and exhibits. Check out their work at enamelguild.org.

How’d they do that? A tricked-out site demystified.

How’d they do that? A tricked-out site demystified.

There seems to be quite the bag of tricks that went into building David Henry Sterry’s new site. Well, there is, but I’ll tell you what’s inside.

The more I use WOO Canvas, the more I think, “Well, that wasn’t so complicated.” With a smart collection of powerful and reliable plugins and Canvas’s own overflowing chest of power tools, what might look like a complicated and technical site didn’t have a smidgen of code … unless you count the RGB color numbers for the semi-transparent background for the content. (Update: and the bit to get the search bar into the nav.)

Did we customize this site so much that it’ll be rendered useless at the next WordPress upgrade? Uh, no.

The video walks you through the steps and here’s a list of tricks and plugins used in David Henry Sterry’s wizbang new site:

  • Justified Image Grid: posts in a grid just like Pinterest or Flickr. Add featured image to your posts, it’s ready.
  • Background Manager: a powerful background tool that lets you have multiple sets of images for different pages on your site. Easy to work with. Unbelievable that it’s free.
  • Semi-transparent backgrounds: check out #8 on WOO Canvas CSS Tweaks: Semi-Transparent Colors in WOO Canvas Elements. You can do wonders just knowing this little bit of CSS trickery.
  • Business Slider Template: a WOO Canvas standard, but it all depends on the photos you use.
  • WOO Tabs: these are always a favorite … especially if you have popular content with great imagery.
  • Search bar in main navigation: yup, a little code in the right place and your search bar is out of your way–but useful.

Check out davidhenrysterry.com to see for yourself what Canvas, a few plugins, and some wild photography can do.

There's a bag of tricks that went into building this site. But they're not secret.

There’s a bag of tricks that went into building this site. But they’re not secret.

Muza Kids

Muza Kids

What can you do with a few colors and a few photos? Lots.

We put together a nice site for Muza Kids, A Year in the Arts. It sports a clean navigation, clear logo and tagline, and they can use their home page slider to add featured projects. The home page is divided up into easy-to-use columns (easy for the user and easy for the visitors to the site). Nicely embedded Facebook widget in the right sidebar. PayPal donations is set up so they can collect funds for future projects. They’re ready to roll.

Muza Kids

Gelberg Variations

Gelberg Variations

Sarah Gelberg (gelbergvariations.com) found a beautifully pixellated image of one of her favorite paintings and we incorporated that into her by blowing it up and using it as the background for the site.

We’re taking her latest writing and making it available front and center on the landing page. She searches out some interesting art and graphics to use as her featured images and they shine through and bring life to the feel of the site.

Gelberg Variations

Flagstone Pantry

Flagstone Pantry

I can’t wait to see what Kristen Desmond does with Flagstone Pantry. She already has big plans in the work for later this year, so she wanted to get her website born.

We got her into a flexible space (Canvas) where she’ll have plenty of room, power, and tools to build what she needs to build. She’s already getting press (Wrangle a Cowboy Cookie) and she’s just getting started. Head over to her site and subscribe to her weekly recipes.

My favorite: Breakfast Granola.

Flagstone Pantry, Inc. was launched on a hunch that the opportunity to bake dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free goodies for a local coffee house could turn into much more.

Flagstone Pantry, Inc. was launched on a hunch that the opportunity to bake dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free goodies for a local coffee house could turn into much more.

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