You may remember, I’ve done a bit of fiddling around using WordPress Custom Menus to make lists of Social Icons. They worked but they were fiddly, relied on sprites which are a bit of a pain to deal with and furthermore also relied on users getting comfortable with the advanced settings of Menus and adding things like classes to the menu items. I am also aware that a lot of people use the Genesis Simple Social icons plugin to create a genesis social icon menu.
So, you’ve installed a brand spanking new theme and are starting to plough into the prospect of fitting it out with some sweet customisations. Your theme has a bunch of content editable areas for you, because the developer knows you’re smart and can find your way around their very clever structure. You have, what they call in the biz, intuition. So, you go to your Appearance » Widgets and have a scan down the right hand side of the page to decide where you want to put your content.
In this quick tutorial I’m using the Advanced Custom Fields (best plugin ever) repeater field to turn out an array of photos and text that link to PDF files (brochures)… and I’m using the genesis grid settings to lay them out nicely (class=”one-third”). The thing is, for the genesis grid to work you have to add a class of ‘first’ on every row… so I need to set up a counter to count the list items and add a class to the first and every third … Check it out.
There are a few blogs I follow pretty closely, and one of them predictably is Brian Gardner’s (predictably because he’s behind Genesis and I’m a bit of a fan). A while back Brian put together a tutorial about making a social media icon menu – I took it on board, I like rolling my own… [Read More]
I’ve spent a large block of time recently working on a project for a new client, intent on proving just how slick it is to build sites from a really solid, clean, FAST platform (Genesis – affiliate link). BUT I found myself stuck on an issue with the front page development and realised just how much of a handicap it can be when you get so welded to a ‘way of doing things’ that you forget just what else is out there.
Here’s the problem.
The site needs a paginated, slideshow for the front page (ok, not much of a problem, every site on the Internet*, has one of those…) whose images link to a specific URL and in which you can include a heading and descriptive text.
So now we get to play with some of the other cool functionality I used to extend the Wholesaler experience for both Sarah and the user.
4. Customising the Registration page to allow for custom fields.
I mentioned Gravity Forms in the previous post as an integral part of this process. Sarah was already using this plugin because it’s awesome and makes lovely, functional forms really easily. So I was stoked to find that the added functionality we needed was available as an add on and yes, I mentioned also that this add on is only available to users with a Developer license. (Seriously, it’s so totally worth it, as you’ll see below…)
It’s quite possible that there are other maintenance and ‘coming-soon’ plugins out there that are more up to date, slicker and better than this one, but for whatever reason I’ve used Simple Coming Soon and Under Construction for a number of years. Unfortunately, in more recent times I have found it not performing to my liking in that while it would display a splash screen when it was in ‘maintenance’ mode it was never my custom one.
As it happens this non-performance coincides with the advent of my diving into developing using child themes…
First half of this post is a recap of my WordCamp Presentation…. but follows up with resources…
First, if you want to make sense of the resources, you need to get Genesis… help a girl out and pick it up via this link StudioPress Themes for WordPress – or the one over there in the right hand column of the page… there’s a good chap! then, when you’ve got it installed, come back here…
…s’ok… I can wait…
Now, here’s where you go to learn all about it…
I’ve been spending a bit of time using the popular Genesis WordPress framework (produced by Studiopress) building a couple of sites on it lately, one somewhat more complex than the other. Genesis makes the basic deployment of new sites really, really easy but the learning curve to get used to how to manage things can prove a bit challenging.