28.Jan.2011 @p2pu WordPress Development Course: Assignment 1
I signed up for the P2PU WordPress Development course to challenge myself in design and getting a little handle on php, WordPress development and other stuff like theming (thought it might help with my work at Moodlenews.com and beyond). Assignment 1 was to create a blog for a potential photographer client (in short order).
So after changing a spare domain’s name servers to my Bluehost account and installing a fresh WP via cPanel I was ready to go. It took about an hour’s time, which really is a testiment to the quality of themes available freely on the web and how great WP just is out of the box.
- Change nameservers
- Install WP
- Cleanup the default info
- Create the requisite pages (contact, about, gallery, services)
- Upload some media for use in the galleries and in posts (I just used the images that come default with Windows 7, they look nice and professional so it’s a good proxy for a professional photographer’s style/quality)
- Find a good theme: I settled on AutoFocus 1.0.1 by Allan Cole which I’m really digging. It creates a really snazzy landing page for more recent posts. Something I’d be stoked to see landing on a photographer’s website. After adding a few (10) posts to fill out the landing page it was on to the next step
- Creating/installing a nice “gallery/slideshow” type app for the Gallery page wasn’t necessarily required, but many of the peers in the course seemed to be adding some nice slideshow features so I figured I should take a crack at it too. I chose the Portfolio Slideshow which didn’t require any additional installation of code and could be configured right in posts/pages. It was simple to setup, though I’m not a fan of the way it requires each image to be listed if you don’t want to display all of them (time-consuming…) “[portfolio_slideshow include="sample19,sample18,sample17,sample16,sample15,...lastimagename"]” in face I couldn’t get that to work correctly so I just deleted the images I didn’t want in the show and voila. Mission accomplished: http://www.woople.org/gallery/
- That’s it! Check out the sample site I created at www.woople.org.
If one thing is obvious, I like really simple/spartan site design: