About the Client
We had designed Reverend Dwayne Byerly’s father-in-law’s web site (www.JoeMelson.com) several years ago and recently revamped it. He was so pleased with what we’d done there, he asked us to port his ministry site to WordPress (from GoDaddy’s Web Builder program) and freshen the design.
As it looked before we got our hands on it:
While Reverend Byerly’s site was based on GoDaddy’s Web Builder, he was also using Blogger for the blog portion of his site. Having the site under one CMS roof would be a time-saver for him, and since he was already updating Mr. Melson’s site on his own, he was familiar with WordPress, so this was a no-brainer.
Since budget was a factor, we decided right away to port the site to a Genesis child theme with the WordPress platform. Reverend Byerly had a banner that he was using so all we did was match the site’s color palette to the silver and claret colors of the banner and add the features he wanted, including a Contact form, Prayer Request form, calendar of events, YouTube video feed and a few more Bible-and ministry-related extras.
Bringing it All Together
Plugins used include Gravity Forms (Contact and Prayer Request), Gallery Carousel, Simple Social Icons, eBible, Bible Verse of the Day, Events Pro by Modern Tribe (Calendar and Events), Simple eCommerce, Tube Press and Genesis-specific plugins Genesis eNews Extended (newsletter signup), Genesis Simple Hooks, Genesis Latest Tweets, and Genesis Simple Edits. Because a site redesign was involved which included porting the site from static HTML pages to dynamic WordPress-generated pages, 301 redirects were prepared and placed in the site’s .htaccess file.
The end result of our work is that Dwayne is now easily able to add blog posts to his site (before, he had been cobbling together a WordPress.com account with his GoDaddy Web Builder site), and to manage his events. I think you’ll agree it’s a major improvement.