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.
Dwayne already had a nice banner graphic he was using on Twitter and elsewhere so we incorporated that into the design and color palette. The site is based on WordPress and Genesis and is using the Outreach Genesis child theme. 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.
Joni Mueller has been designing web sites for hire since 2003, when she first blew up her web host’s server by insisting on running Greymatter. Since then, Joni has designed for Blogger and Movable Type, TextPattern, WordPress and CMS Made Simple. She lives with her cat and shoe collection in a bucolic old section of Houston called Idylwood. For some strange reason, Joni likes to refer to herself in the third person. When she’s not working on web design, she’s ordering lawyers around. And blogging about it. Or both.