Much later than planned, here’s a short write up of the sites that were presented on the 23rd May’s meet up. For those that don’t know, the concept is that each person has up to four minutes to present a piece of WordPress related work, inspiring awe and praise from the rest of the group. Everybody gets the opportunity to ask questions and then (starting from this month) it gets recorded in a blog post so anyone can have another look at the work they liked and promote it on their blogs, twitter, Facebook etc.
Hazlitt Eastman kicked off proceedings, by walking us through the site he built for Microzone, a company producing molecular biology products, the details of which go way over my head! However, I do like the animated GIF in the top right, and the site’s design brings a fun element to what could otherwise be fairly dry content. Hazlitt explained the site used custom post types, some jQuery for hiding and displaying tables of product information and the WP-Blocks plugin to create editable sections of content on the pages in a similar way to Drupal or Joomla.
David Pomfret presented the impressive looking site for Simple as Milk, a graphic design agency David founded. Although James (Simple as Milk’s web designer) admitted to preferring to use Ruby on Rails for client sites, he’s done a great job of developing this bespoke theme. Sporting a number of satisfying little features, the theme includes a navigation bar appearing when the user scrolls down the page, custom web fonts and CSS3 techniques like text shadow and animations when rolling over a member of the team’s profile picture.
We had a last minute cancellation, so after giving his presentation for the first half of the meeting, our guest speaker John O’Nolan stepped in to show us all around the redesign of his site. Based on the Show Off theme, available from a project that John is involved with called Bio Themes, it uses custom post types for the various pieces of content and he gave us a look at the heavily tailored admin area used for selecting layouts etc.
If you like this work, please promote it in any way you can. If you’re blogging, it’s best that you link to people’s sites directly rather than client work, just so they get the credit from the search engines. Feel free to tweet about it, post a link on Facebook, chat down the pub, or write a letter to an old school friend. It’s important that people realise the great work you are all doing with WordPress, and that you hopefully get a little recognition for it!
Also, if you’ve read this and think you would like the opportunity to present some work at the next meeting, then we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch and we’ll discuss the details.