The more I look at WordPress sites I’m building now, the more I’m amazed at how they’ve changed from sites I built 2 years ago. Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies have changed the way we manage content in WordPress, and they’ve done wonders for our favourite CMS’ ability to work with more complex websites.
Here’s a quick list of 10 project applications I’ve worked on (or plan to work on) that use Post Types and custom Taxonomies to simplify WordPress content management:
Custom Post Types to build a business directory
Last month I worked on a site for a large agency with offices in the UK, the US and Australia. They wanted an easy-to-manage business directory that shows company offices and contact information for all 34 locations. A custom post type tied to Google Maps did the trick.
Reviewing products and collecting testimonials
I’m inherently lazy, so when it came time to add a review/testimonial system to my iPhone cases website, I wanted to automate the process of collecting feedback from customers and publishing reviews in strategic locations on the website. Gravity Forms collects the review and a custom post type displays it where I want. All I have to do is hit the publish button. Read More
Other than Amazon’s 1-click service, I can’t think of a single ecommerce platform that makes it REALLY easy to buy online. Clearly I’m not the only one.
Last night Steve Jobs, a real-life Tony Stark, passed away. I’m not naive enough to believe that he was solely responsible for the iMac that pays my bills at the end of the month, or that he hand-built each element of my iPhone. I’d like to think that my iPad was touched by him in […]
Since WordPress introduced the drag & drop menu system a few months ago I’ve noticed a major usability issue rearing it’s ugly head. I’d like to point it out so web designers avoid making the same mistakes. The problem occurs when site managers build a dropdown menu, then place a bunch of dummy links in […]
This weekend I got stuck into The Referral Engine, John Jantsch’s follow up book to Duct Tape Marketing. I’m always immediately disheartened by books that (correctly) promote offline networking as a referral tool, because I hate networking in the real world. But as John points out: “Get out from behind the computer and go out […]
If you’re anything like me, you have clients. Demanding clients with deadlines which are often more important than blog posts. So you skip a post or 2, and before you know it you haven’t blogged for 6 months. Sound familiar? Good, then you’ll accept my apology and we can move on. Here’s what’s been happening […]
Today marks my 1-year anniversary as a full-time freelancer. In the past 365 days I’ve made some interesting observations about this business. Here are my top 10 freelancing lessons so far
Today marks my 1-year anniversary as a full-time freelancer. In the past 365 days I’ve made some interesting observations about this business. Here are ten I can remember in no particular order: People are strange. Mostly they’re awesome, but occasionally they’re abusive, overly-demanding or just plain dumb. Get used to it. You’re not a successful […]
Take a look at your website, your social media profiles, everything you do online. What frustrates you most? Given an extra 2 hours a week to generate more sales leads online, what would you do? To make it more interesting, pretend you have no budget for this. Nothing for sale here, I’m just curious. Answers […]
Recently I was asked by Brook Farm in Cuffley (that’s in England, a soggy, bankrupt little island off the coast of France) to redesign their website. I don’t often tackle design projects, but I figured I could improve the existing site. Here’s what it looked like before: Read More