VisualComa Construction – Week 2

Week 2 -> Design Round 1

Something I’ve always wanted to do with my designs is to give the viewer a sense of space, a feeling of air and touch of creative craft; while at the same time be professional.

At this point in the Design I feel as though I’ve accomplished most of my goals with out over using some standard techniques. I’m not 100% on this Design by any means, but I’m excited about its direction.

What do You Think?

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Week 3 -> Design Round 2 :: Due 4-27-09

The Rules:
Every week on Saturday I’m going to spend about 5hrs or so Making an update. Weather it’s a Visual or Functional UpDate I’ll be posting the change here every Monday under this Cateogory VC-Construction.

VisualComa Construction – Week 1

As you may have noticed I have once again decided to change things up around here and do something drastic. I’ve decided to do a public build of my next Personal Theme.

Every week on Saturday I’m going to spend about 5hrs or so Making an update. Weather it’s a Visual or Functional UpDate I’ll be posting the change here every Monday under this Cateogory VC-Construction.

The Basic Concept is to start with a relatively Blank Canvas of a theme and add components one at a time.

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This Weeks Project was to set up a Blank Canvas Theme that to facilitate my basic needs as the site takes form.

Week 2 -> Design Round 1 :: Due 4-20-09

I want the Box of WordPress Legos!!

I think one of the most frequently asked questions I hear on a regular basis is; “Can WordPress Do That?” The answer is always the same…. Yes!!!

The best response to any question like that is, “Who’s building it?” Honestly the question isn’t about weather or not “WordPress” can do something or not. Sure “out of the Box WP” can only do you so much. You add a dozen good plugins, a standard theme and you’ll have yourself a serious platform.

I find that the best approach to explaining a Platform like WordPress is comparing it to a Pile of Legos. “In My Mind” every Version of WP is like an updated version of my favorite “Web Legos”. The WordPress Community and Automattic have been so kind as to create all these different pieces for us to use.

For me the idea of building something for a Web Site isn’t about just building something for one person. Every time I build a page I think about how I might use it in the future and I build it with development in mind…
“Could This be a Plugin”,
“Should This be a Plugin”,
“Should I work this into the Admin”,
“Should this be a Template”….
(and the list goes on and on and on…)

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What it comes down to is that “WordPress is an Engine that lets the Average Person Interact with a Database”

Step 1. Build Your Own Legos – HTML / CSS FrameWork.
Step 2. Add WordPress Legos – PHP Functions & Plugins.
Step 3. Populate the Database Via WP Admin. the smart legos..
Step 4. Write Posts about Sailor Lego Men in Nasty Tank-tops….

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