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Andrea Herrick of Herrick Design selected the Infinite theme as a starting point for the new site development. She then provided the graphic design for a customized look and feel using the theme as a base. Andrea also created a new logo as part of the rebranding effort. Once the design mock-ups were available, I created a child theme to handle to custom features.
After we started planning for the site we got a surprise from the client. While we knew that the site was based on custom PHP with a database for a back-end, we were surprised to learn the the client area of the site was maintained via phpmyadmin. This meant that RK&A went into phpmyadmin to manage their list of clients. Custom code pulled items from the database and presented it on the website. So, we had to plan how we would integrate clients into the new website.
At first, I thought of just pulling in the data from an exported CSV file but that proved quite messy as it was full of HTML code and would be a difficult fit with the theme. And I really wanted to create a solution that fit in with the Infinite theme structure.
The infinite theme incorporates a page builder to aid with layout. It also has two plugins to handle custom post types for portfolios and personnel. In keeping with this concept, I built a client custom post and added the appropriate page builder layout. The new custom post also includes a taxonomy so we can pull the clients into the correct pages.
You can see the clients pages and front-end implementation at https://rka-learnwithus.com/clients/.
Along with the the re-branding and custom client area, we also migrated a WordPress.com blog and integrated it with the rest of the site.
FlatBike is a custom WordPress theme using WooCommerce as the website storefront. This responsive theme allows site visitors purchase bikes on phones, tablets and computers. The full-size performance bicycles available on the site collapse easily into a car trunk.
The graphic design for this site is by Horsepower Design.
While the single page design was unique, as the site grew and more products were added, it became a bit cumbersome to navigate through the thumbnails. Sometimes customers became confused by this style of navigation which is way less than ideal if you are trying to sell something! Plus, the site owner wanted to focus more on the problems that a CHANGE bike could solve for the consumer. At this point a site redesign was in order.
The redesigned site has the added advantage of being more SEO friendly with the separate product URLs. The updates also include more videos so customers can see the bikes in action and the ability to gain from other customer’s experience via integration with http://www.shopperapproved.com/.
The Society of Professional Journalists – Western Washington Chapter (SPJWASH) had an old WordPress site in need of an update. The site was not responsive or mobile friendly. To keep within budget, we decided to use the Bridge theme and build a child theme from it. The new site meets new WordPress standards as it runs under https.
The Society of Professional Journalists has been dedicated to encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced more freely and fully, stimulating high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism and perpetuating a free press.
Fitness Mule is a custom WordPress theme using WooCommerce as the website storefront. This responsive theme allows site visitors purchase this unique product to help simplify workouts. The graphic design for this site is by Horsepower Design,
Let Fitness Mule carry the weight of your workout for you!
Washington Wine Industry Foundation is a custom WordPress theme featuring the foundation’s work and scholarship opportunities. The new website replaces an outdated static site with a responsive layout that looks great on multiple device types and screen sizes. Graphic design for this site is by Gravity,
Finovate is a custom WordPress theme. It features conferences demonstrating cutting-edge banking and financial technology. Horsepower Design provided the graphic design for this website.
The site makes use of the WordPress Theme Customization API to give each conference a unique brand while enable the site owner to update the look and feel without a web designer or developer.
Quest Coffee Company had slow performing website that did not look good on tablets or phones. Matt Quest, one of the company owners, came up with a fresh, new design that reflects the company’s brand. Kool Kat Web Designs turned Matt’s vision into a responsive website where customers can buy their distinctive coffee.
Quest Coffee Company offers an engaging coffee experience via direct trade and profit sharing with coffee farmers of small sustainable estates.
Pillar Product Design, designed by Horsepower Design, is a custom WordPress theme. This responsive theme allows site visitors a view of the information on phones, tablets and computers. A unique home page showcases the vast portfolio of Pillar’s product designs by presenting a different product each time the page is viewed.
Pillar Product Design offers a full suite of product development services combined with personal guidance and support.
West Seattle Junction, designed by Horsepower Design, is a custom WordPress theme. This responsive theme allows site visitors a view of the information on phones, tablets and computers. Icons are retina-enabled to look sharp on high resolution devices.
The West Seattle Junction serves as a neighborhood business directory, providing information and location of eateries, shopping and services
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