I love working with WordPress! I like the ease of managing my sites whether its blog or an static website. My skills have grown with every new WordPress project that comes my way. Prior to hiring me, I tend to get asked, “What is WordPress Customization?”
This is why I have started to refer to what I do as WordPress Customization. I can take a theme and tweak it to fit my clients needs. I do everything from designing custom graphics, changing the color scheme, to arranging the menus and sidebars by using plug-ins. So today, I would like to show you a visual of what I can do.
gift for you coming up a little later in the post.
Let’s start with my blog which currently uses The Daily Dish Pro Child Theme.
If you take a look around you can see I have change the following:
- added a custom design header graphic
- swamped the primary navigation to the secondary and change the roll over and current page stage to match my color scheme
- swamped the blog layout for the home page for a static page with sidebar
- choose not to use the four footer widget areas
There are other CSS changes that you won’t immediately notice because they minor things like change font size or reducing some of the white space. I am pretty sure in the new year I will have improved upon the look of this blog once I get some new headshots done. I truly enjoy learning and working with WordPress. There is so many things you can do with it. You can go the traditional blog route, where your blog is the first thing you see. Or anything your heart desires. WordPress is very flexible and there are tons of themes out there to get your started.
Here’s another example using another Studiopress theme called Metro Pro.
This theme is pretty good right out the box and is a great foundation for a business website. Here’s a little background on the Metro Pro theme. It’s a mobile responsive magazine layout. You can have a custom header, background image, and custom menus. There are six different page layout options, five color styles, and landing page template.
I have create a business website for a fictional Life Coach name Tee Jay. Take a look.
Every website need four basic pages – Home, About, Services, and Contact. Then you can start building out from there. And this is what I did here by creating those four pages with images and Dummy text for placement. I opted for a color background instead of an image because I didn’t want the headache for creating an image that wouldn’t slow down loading time. I also change the footer section. In the demo you see there is a separation from the three footer widget and the main content section and the actual footer is full width. I combined everything together for a more steamline look. My favorite part is the custom home page. I didn’t use any widgets to create it, just a little bit of code that will be easy for anyone to change.
There is a whole lot more that I can do with this demo site. I have found the Genesis framework very easy to work with and it have definitely speed up my workflow, allowing to focus more of the graphics needs of my clients.
If you have been thinking about getting started with WordPress I have something to get you moving. For my DIY Gals and Guys, you can sign up for my new eCourse, “Launch on a Budget” which will take you through creating your own WordPress Website for under $300.
Or if you are too busy with the holidays or just in general and prefer to have some one do it for you, then check out my WP Quick Starter Kit service. Using the template above (Metro Pro child theme), I will create a customize website just for you. The investment for you, just starting at $79 with the option to add on additional requests. This is a limited time offer and is first come, first serve. I will only take on 7 new clients for this service. So do not delay, claim your slot and let get on a strategy call today.