For the past couple weeks I’ve put my own website overhaul on the back burner to design and develop another site for CCAS (Cloud Computing Advisory Services). Using WordPress for the CMS, I killed one of it’s default themes and resurrected it as a child them for the CCAS design.
This has been one of the most fun web development projects I’ve worked on so far. I’ve mostly had total control over the design except for the usual obstacles like the kind of content and the amount of content, but it’s been no problem so far compared to what I get to do along the way.
Except for my own site (the blog part), this is the first chance I’ve had to play with all the new HTML5 elements and CSS3 selectors and the possibilities that now don’t seem so far off. My favorite thing to make it into common web development over the past year has to be the @font-face web type stuff. As a designer that’s worked mostly on the print side of marketing & design for the last couple decades, the ability to choose fonts other than Arial, Courier, Helvetica, Geneva and Verdana has given me a reason to live! I’ve played with several on my own site but really had a chance to explore on the CCAS (Cloud Computing Advisory Services) project.
Since the site is still a work in progress, I’ll follow up with what I’ve learned along the way when I’m closer to the end of the job. Learning how to make WordPress 3 work for me is what I’m spending most of my time on with this project, and a few of the things I’ve been able to do with functions and templates may be worth mentioning. I had a hard time finding information about WP functions and template tags when I ran into problems getting them to perform the way I wanted, so I may cover some of those topics when it’s over.
That’s all for now. Back to the drawing board.