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Wordpress theme design?


Andy_A

Junior Member
#1
Hi guys, I'm looking to make some changes to my website...I've been thinking of going down the Wordpress route. I've been looking at some pre made themes, but to be honest none of them stand out. Does anyone on here specialise in that area?
Many thanks.

Andy.
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#2
Hi Andy,

Most of us do specialise in the Wordpress theme design / dev. PM me to tell me more :)

Chris
 
#3
Wordpress is definitely the way to go. All my sites are put together with Wordpress as it's an amazing CMS to work with both for the designer and the client.

I'd love to hear more about your theme proposal.
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#8
mrp2049 said:
Am I the only person who doesn't like wordpress?
nope .. but it is a good platform for the owners who want to do their own updates etc..

but thats just my experience :)
 

mrp2049

Senior Member
#9
I've been using concrete5, user backend is just as good, and can be more idiot proof. AND the backend for us is far less cluttered and easy to tear to bits.
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#10
concrete5 is a great platform, but my clients have heard of Wordpress and not of concrete5.. people get the name Wordpress in their head when they ask me to do sites :)

but its each to their own :)
 
#14
Squiddy said:
Am I the only one that would rather not use a CMS for clients?
It depends if your clients want to update their own website themeselves? If you want to trust your client exiting code then fair enough, I guess that is what they paid you to do?
 
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Squiddy

Guest
#15
It's not that I don't, I just prefer not to! I suppose it doesn't really matter too much, It just annoys me when they have no idea what they're doing then expect you to train them on every aspect of WP for free.
 
#16
Squiddy said:
It's not that I don't, I just prefer not to! I suppose it doesn't really matter too much, It just annoys me when they have no idea what they're doing then expect you to train them on every aspect of WP for free.
Well, if they really dont know what they are doing there are plenty of well written guides on how to use WordPress. I normally explain to clients how to use any bespoke functionality I have created, then give them a few pointers to already written guides on how to use the general wordpess features. I will always offer support for free during the initial phase of handing over a site to a client. I've never had much of an issue with my clients using WordPress although maybe a lot of them are already fairly savvy when it comes to that type of thing. If they are the type of client that cant handle managing their own website even by means of a fairly easy / intuitive CMS then you could offer a reasonably priced retainer type service for them so they are basically getting you to do it. Not using a CMS at all will really just make managing a medium to large website a pain in future unless it is built in a scalable way.

CMS is often used as a must have and many times you will spend time implementing one when really a client wont ever bother to attempt to update their website themselves. Thing is a CMS solution makes it easy for the developer to update the site also, so I implement a CMS for myself almost as much as I do for the client.
 
#17
mrp2049 said:
Am I the only person who doesn't like wordpress?
I used to hate it, and still do in some respects. But not enough to make me try and stop a client from using it.

I agree with Chris though, it's becoming a bit of buzz word for people in business who think it will somehow make their sites absolutely fantastic because a friend of friend said to use it because it's good.

Recently just started playing with it properly and customising the post types and meta boxes, though. It is winning me over if I'm honest. If they did a stripped back, 'lite', version I'd be all over it.
 

mrp2049

Senior Member
#18
I can't escape the fact that it is a blog platform that became a CMS. It's like the Prius, people think they are great, but that doesn't escape the fact that they are badly designed/retro fitted to make it something it isn't.
 
#19
It does handle pages quite well though. And the custom posts/taxonomies mean developers can open it up a lot more in the CMS sense. It is a little clumsy adding new post types but the fact you can is good enough for me at the moment!