This week I looked at:
As discussed in my Needs analyses for my WordPress themes, the first theme I’m working on is intended to be useful for a small to medium-sized public library that is looking for the following things in a website:
- an online space for community updates (more than likely through a blog format)
- emphasis on a calendar of current events
- a place for other current events/announcements
- easy-to-find hours
- incorporation of images into blog posts
- clean and minimal (while still fun) design
Using the work I did last summer on the group project redesign of the Sutton Free Library’s website as a base for my mockup, I created some starting points for the design of my first WordPress theme.
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Codecademy was a nice counterpoint, providing the more detailed explanations of the language and its particular syntax and rules. I’m not done with the Codecademy tutorial yet, and plan on continuing it into next week.
The goal at the end of this independent study is to have created two distinct, custom WordPress themes that were developed with libraries in mind.
Theme 1 Analysis
Intended Library: Small and public
For this theme, I want to create something with a small, public library in mind. I am somewhat basing my idea of the expected needs of such an institution on my project from last summer, where I worked on the re-design for a small public library’s website with two other grad students. We conducted a needs and analysis report based off of our interview with the client, and eventually created a mockup of a site for our client. My hope is to create something similar to this, but with the features of a WordPress theme that will make it all the more manageable (and suitable) for a small organization like this library.
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1. WordPress foundations continued
This week I finished up watching WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores on Lynda.com. I feel much more confident about my approach to creating a WordPress theme after going through this video course, and am looking forward to beginning work on my own themes in the upcoming weeks.
I also took a look at Pro WordPress Theme Development, which covers a lot of similar topics as the Lynda.com video course. I appreciated the tips on theme testing and some further info on the review process once a theme has been submitted to the WordPress theme directory. I think this will be another source that may be useful to return to in the next few weeks if I have specific areas with questions/concerns.
2. Libraries using WordPress
Switching gears a bit, I’ve been looking at some case studies and examples of libraries currently using WordPress as a CMS.
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