Web design and web designers are subject to fads. The proliferation of ready-made templates and themes (adhering to the latest web design fads) encourages shoe-horning content into presentation models that often don’t address real-world needs of business websites.
You’ve seen the ads and you’ve seen the websites made with Do-it-Yourself web builders: Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, and several others. There are even a couple of WordPress themes that come pretty close to turning WordPress into a DIY platform, Divi being perhaps the best-known.
With a project I’m working on, I need to make sure site editors can add categories as needed, then automatically allow visitors to use those categories to filter posts on the front end. That means a custom taxonomy is the way to go.
Periodic, ongoing website maintenance is critical to your website functioning properly and warding off attempted website hacks and attacks (which continue to increase). Just as important, as your business needs evolve, your website needs to evolve to support them.
If you think of your website as an expense, and not as an investment in your business, it’s quite likely it has one or more of the following issues. A well-designed and well thought out website can give your business or organization an edge that can be the difference between thriving and surviving (or not).
WordPress is an amazing success story, worldwide powering 38% (as of this date) of all websites built on a Content Management System (CMS). There are some good reasons for this: ease of use, a rich ecosystem of plugins and ready-made themes, ease of use, a committed and accessible development community, and ease of use.
I was asked the other day why I use WordPress as my development platform. Even though WordPress dominates the web with approx. 23% of websites using it, there are other other platforms.
I recently wanted to add a feedback form that would be available on every page. Putting a feedback form in the footer would have been awkward, so I went looking for a popup (modal window) solution. Since we were already using Gravity Forms, I wanted to use it in the modal window, rather than one of the all-in-one solutions out there, like Popup Contact Form.
I was recently called on to allow user filtering of custom post results. WESST’s new website lists all trainings (custom post type) for all six regions, sorted by date of training. We needed to allow site visitors to show trainings for only the region they select from a dropdown menu.
There are so many designers and developers with WordPress skills (at all levels) freelancing; sometimes it seems the old saw, “can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one” applies. But…