Robin Sparks needed to show off her photography and upgrade her old-school HTML front page. With WOO Themes Canvas and Background Manager, we're rolling.
This is going to be a whole lot less painful if we could just switch it to Canvas. We just wanted to make a few tweaks. Mostly, we wanted to add a blog. Seems simple enough, right? It is WordPress, after all, so adding a blog is like adding a screwdriver to a tool chest. [...]
We needed a quick "pre-launch" site up for an event. We can do that. That's what makes Canvas so easy to work with. I know that I can get up a temporary site in a jiffy if need be. We have a logo, something of a color scheme, some content, we're ready. Logo in the [...]
Should you build a site for one of your products? Scott R. Kline's Headshot Day "product" was a huge success. He set up a day for shooting, rented a studio, and you could sign up for your session. Flat fee, straightforward deliverables, on schedule, done, thank you very much. So when do you just build [...]
Huge background photos, e-commerce, oh my! So this was fun: great photography, fun products (and lots of 'em), and a sleek look. WordPress + Canvas + WOO Commerce and we are rolling. I'm going to quote the owner of the shop here: [quote]This is so fun! I'm editing products, changing copy, adding new photos. This [...]
We built the BOOM site a few years ago with another theme that is now ... broken. Something about a PHP upgrade and something wasn't working. Sure, we could dig and see if we could fix it (we did dig, but couldn't find a long-term solution), but why bother when we could convert the old [...]
Beautiful photography artfully arranged with smart headlines. Done. It's not just the nice photos, it's how they're arranged, selected, sorted, laid out. Who chooses which images go where and with which headlines? Working together with pro designer Paschal Sabatella, we put together a professional site with a character of color through the imagery.
Ooh, what's that shiny new thing? Step away from the window, son. This was a great case study of being wowed by shiny and glittery themes, but then coming back full circle to what we know works. We started off toying with Salient, an awesome looking theme that wowed our socks off. We dug deep [...]
The San Francisco Sentinel needed a bit of liveliness. We got them that. The site was one of those old text-based, 3-column functional sites that held loads of content and was very readable, but didn't really have any character. Now it has character galore. Together with the ever-popular Lauren Deane Evans of Good Looking Ideas, we [...]
Custom background images, home page slider, Google calendar, forums, Eventbrite, oh my. Together with the uber-talented Querido Galdo, we turned out a beauty of a site for Kol Shofar. We have on-site photography from the congregation to the point that we have custom-background images on an almost per-page basis (using the powerful Background Manager plugin). [...]
Keeping things stark, clean, and lean for this architect's site. Using the power of the architectural work and leaving the design minimalist lets visitors to W+ Design Studio's new site focus on their work (not the website's fancy features). In fact, we're keeping "fancy features" out of the way with this site and only using simple [...]
So now you DO have loads of beautiful artwork to display. What now? Especially with colorful artwork, let the work show for itself, and subdue the background palette. Let the beautiful work do the heavy lifting and back off with background colors and too much getting in the way of the art. Together with Querido [...]
What can you do with your book cover? Lots. You have a book and, let's see, the book, the front cover, the back cover, the insides, OK, that's good. We have enough. It doesn't take much to make a "brand" out of a book for an author. Just a book cover with a title and [...]
Together with a graphic design pro, a site can quickly look professional with just a few simple changes. I often get the question, "So do I really need a graphic designer?" It's the same if you're going to design your house or kitchen: sure, you can do it yourself, but you probably know what you're [...]