WordPress isn’t just for blogs. In fact, 18.9% of all websites use WordPress, because it is a powerful content management system. What this means is a developer, like myself, can customize the look and layout of the site but the client (or user of the site) can easily load images, add information, post events or write posts. Galleries and online stores can be incorporated to market products, and a WordPress site can be completely devoid of a “blog” section.
As an example, I recently created this custom WordPress site for a local artist, Kyle Banister. His site does technically have a “blog” section, which in this instance is a series of posts about upcoming events or pieces he is working on. I stripped out some of the other “bloggish” features, such as categories or archives. Additionally, the content on the pages focus on featuring his artwork and events that he is involved in.
To keep his site looking completely custom, I created the portfolio page myself, using my own code to make individual fade out rollovers for each of his gallery sections. Being an artist, Kyle wanted his site to represent his own unique style. Standing out and not looking “cookie cutter” was a valuable quality.
When you click on one of the image thumbnails you enter a category feature page. I removed the sidebar on these pages to focus on the artwork being displayed. If you resize the browser (window) while looking at one of these pages you will see that the image thumbnails resize to fit the screen size being viewed.
The “About” page was another page that I wanted to look unique. I added some CSS code to size any YouTube videos that Kyle decided to add to his site, which was especially helpful as he had some interviews that he wanted to feature at the top of the page.
We both wanted to minimize the need for scrolling on his pages, so we decided to place his bio, artist and mission statements in a tabbed panel.
I love WordPress. There are other content management platforms that are also very powerful and popular, such as Joomla, but they take more time to alter and often times are more expensive to have developed as a result.
This particular site was a lot of fun to create. I love the challenge of creating a completely custom site. I love creating practical art, websites and designs that will help grow my clients business. It’s also pretty sweet to be able to have a job that allows me to be home with my little men.
Enjoy, and I hope you enjoyed reading this article, which also happens to be posted on a WordPress site.