My notes from this month's "WordPress Sampler" meeting of WPJax at Modis. Folks in our group range from business owners and students to advanced developers. Here are some of their recommendations and insights, primarily from Elizabeth, Clint, and Jonathan.
Themes and Development
What WP Theme is That? is especially useful when dissecting what other webmasters have done in building their themes.
BluChic has WordPress themes for sites, intended for a more feminine look.
Creative Market is WordPress themes: Hundreds, nay thousands! At reasonable prices.
The Avada multi-purpose, responsive theme. Comes highly recommended as being one of the most easily customizable and dependable. This is Theme Forest's best-selling theme.
Canvas, WooTheme's "flagship" theme. Somewhat pricier than the other themes we discussed, this one is just as easy, but a little better for folks who aren't afraid to write just a handful of PHP statements to tweak the perfect theme's functionality.
Stock Photos and Shopping
Death to the Stock Photo sends you free, royalty-free photos. you receive an monthly email. Or subscribe to their entire library for a small fee.
The Dollar Photo Club has High-resolution and vector images, royalty-free, always $1.00 USD each.
Embed items in your marketplace from "Square" (using an
Cafe bon Appetit is a site partly coded by Jonathan, showing how something built for large institutions like a university can still be attractive and appealing. The main page operates several sites inside, each catered to a college or corporation cafeteria. This ties together databases, design, and working through procedural and regulatory challenges.
Jonathan also showed us the behind-the-scenes operation of a new site for a major office furniture designer/manufacturer. The site's theme and plugins enable functions in the WordPress admin screens that permit building nested database-driven detail boxes in the post/page composition process without any coding whatsoever.
Jonathan also shared his experience finding, tracking, and repairing a bug in the WordPress Core that has existed for years.
Good questions and a bunch of tips from everyone else attending rounded out this excellent session. We've got a great group going, and much talent on the move here in the "Bold New City of the South!"