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Three New Websites – An Auto Shop, A Short Film and A Dance Troupe

I’ve been really busy the last 2 months, bringing on new clients and working on a lot of new projects.  I just finished posting on Facebook about the latest website that I made live and realized that I have two others that I haven’t posted on my own blog!  So without further ado, here they are:

Scott’s Automotive Inc

The customer wanted it to be slick, clean and SEO-friendly. I’ve been working on it for a really long time. It’s the biggest site that I’ve built yet where I had to generate all the content myself.  Features include:

  • 2 types of custom slider
  • Custom page layouts for “Top” pages and “Parts & Services” pages
  • 220+ Entries on car repair and body work with text and pictures on each
  • 35+ Pages including “Top” pages and categories for Parts & Services
  • 40+ Categories
  • 600+ Metatags
  • Music on the home page with access for visitors to control the volume or turn it off
  • Social media links on every page

Childish Dream Chronicles the Mess Up Room

This site was built for a short film shot locally in Tampa, Florida.  The purpose of the site is to publicize, showcase and eventually sell the movie.  They really went all out with a full crew, professional cameras and professional actors.  It’s a really impressive project and the site I built currently has a lot of behind-the-scenes content while the actual film is being put together.

The site is built to evolve with the project, from post-production to trailers and film festivals and the eventual release and/or sale of the movie on the site itself.  Features include:

  • Custom sliders
  • Custom slide show galleries
  • Video preview and customer-only pages (coming soon)
  • Social media links and social media sharing options

Philippine Performing Arts Company Inc

I’ve been a member of the Philippine Performing Arts Company since before it’s founding.  Filipino dance has been a huge part of my life and I only stopped being an active member a few years ago after family and work really cut down on my extra-curricular activity time.  They’re having a big show this May at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.  This will be the first big show that I haven’t been in.  I channeled my feelings into something positive and decided to create a new site for them to celebrate the new show.  Features include:

  • Front page slider
  • Individual pages for the types of Filipino dance
  • Individual sliders for each dance style page
  • Video page with YouTube video links
  • Social media links
  • Mailing list subscription

My Favorite WordPress Themes

I’ve been developing websites for customers for 3 years now and actually building them myself for the past 6 months. After years of trying out different web development platforms; everything from raw html, to FrontPage, to DreamWeaver, and various PHP and online development programs, I’ve decided on WordPress as my platform of choice. With it’s wide range of templates and plugins and the active community of WordPress developers who’ve created code and tutorials, WordPress can do almost everything that I need to do in a website.

With that in mind, here are the tools that I use everyday when building websites.

The Builder Theme from iThemes

iThemes Builder WordPress theme I literally use Builder for 90% of the websites that I create.  Builder offers:

  • Completely customizable layouts
  • The Style Manager, which allows you to edit CSS on the fly
  • 38 child themes on which to base the look of your site.
  • Built-in SEO options

Some of my favorites child themes are:

Among the non-Builder theme, I really like Magazine Basic from Themes by Bavotasan.  I use a no-frills basic install for an article website that I put together.  I was looking for something simple that would allow me to display my most recent posts in an article/magazine format.  It actually has a fairly powerful back-end editor that allows you to control things like page width, headers, footers, sidebars and SEO options.  This version doesn’t have the versatility of Builder, but you don’t always need that much complexity.  If you’re looking for more options, they offer upgraded versions: Magazine Flow and Magazine Premium.