Category Archives: Education

16Jun/17

Lane Titans Custom WordPress Child Theme

At the day job I was tasked with creating a WordPress child theme for the college sports teams.  Since I’m a Bootstrap kind of guy, and Lane has standardized on Bootstrap as a framework, I found a pretty basic theme that uses Bootstrap for its core and proceeded to modify the stuff that didn’t look right.  The results are quite good and saved the college $5000/year over the framework most of the rest of the college sports teams use.  Good day for me.  I like paying my way.  

Features Include

  • Totally custom design.
  • Full Customizer integration.  (Customizer is the WordPress admin interface for dealing with design aspects of your theme and website.)
  • Ability to change the logo (Titan Athletics) through the Customizer.
  • Ability to change the tagline in the top gold bar (OFFICIAL ATHLETICS WEBSITE…) through the Customizer.
  • Ability to change the semi-opaque background image (behind the slideshow on the home page) through the Customizer.
  • Mega-menu integrated through the stock WordPress menu system so you can change all aspects of the menu structure and design without having to call the web guy.
  • Ability to change the page background color through the Customizer.
  • Upcoming Events automated through a SPUD from 25-Live, the scheduling system the college uses.
  • Full responsive embeds, like YouTube and Vimeo videos as well as images.  (This is mostly stock WordPress behavior, but it needed a little help.)
  • Off the shelf plugins were used for things like OUR VALUED PARTNERS so they can list sponsors. 
  • Team Rosters are also through an off the shelf plugin, but it allows you to totally customize the fields as well as the templates used for outputting the single player bio pages and the tabled rosters used on the team pages.
  • A footer menu built with Bootstrap’s standard navbar code, but using a WordPress menu as its source.  Easy for the end user to change what shows up in the footer through the Customizer.
  • Custom recruiting forms for each sport.
  • Accessible design that complies with government regulations for use with screen readers.  This is ongoing, but, on launch, will be fully compliant.  (Just in case you go to the site and test me on it and it’s not quite there yet…)
  • And, of course, the site is fully responsive so it’s going to look great on a phone, a tablet or a computer.  

Development Server Link:  https://vader.lanecc.edu/lanetitans/

Production Site Link: http://lanetitans.com (Will look very different until the final site is launched…)

25Aug/15

Portfolio Ketchup (or is that Catch Up?)

I’ve been horrible about adding new projects to my portfolio for, I don’t know, maybe 2 years?  There’s no end in sight to being too busy to get it all updated, so I’m going to do one monster post with a ton of sites and very minimal descriptions.  Then, I’ll try to be better about adding them as I finish them.  So, here we go…

Melrose Elementary School

Melrose Elementary

This is the school where my kids actually outgrew going to school about 4 years ago now.  This was kind of a fun one.  Lots of good content for the parents and a fun little theme that’s kid friendly.  Much of the work I did on it ended up being copied by the district webmaster and used on the district website.  Sort of a compliment, I guess…


Phoenix School

Phoenix School

This is a high school in Roseburg, Oregon for kids who have had trouble in a standard public school.  I was approached by one of the administration (Sorry, I can’t actually remember which one) to put together a theme based on their school mascot.  Came out pretty good.  Not sure if they ever actually used it, but it was a fun one to work on.


 

South Umpqua Real Estate

South Umpqua Land Company

South Umpqua Real Estate was one of those clients who call you, set up a meeting, hire you, write you a deposit check, bug you for the initial design, then fall off the face of the Earth.  l honestly have no clue what happened.  I called and emailed them, but never got a reply after they told me how much they loved the design.


 

Gloria Loupy – Realtor

Gloria Loupy

Gloria Loupy was a realtor who worked for a pretty big regional brokerage. In the middle of development, she suddenly jumped ship and went to a different company.  The site was basically finished, but she never got to use it.  Bummer, really.  It’s a pretty nice, simple design.


 

Gorden Hanks – Realtor

Gorden Hanks

Gorden is a buddy who needed a website. I did this for him late one night after a few too many beers. We never used it, but I always liked it.


BSA Pack 235

BSA Pack 235

Ok, I’m a little guilty on this one.  It was my kids’ Cub Scout Pack.  And I was the Cub Master.  I still think I did a pretty nice job on it though.  


 

Ok.  That’s enough for this post.  I guess I’ll do a bunch kind of like this.  That way I don’t spend the whole weekend on this little catch up project.

09May/11

Umpqua Community College Foundation

The UCC Foundation wanted a website where they could send students to fill out scholarship and grant paperwork.  The main idea was to allow the students to fill out their criteria information online, then have a way to export the information so the Foundation folks could sort and look at the information in a more useful way.  In the past, they had to take paper applications and type the criteria information into a spreadsheet.  Very time consuming when you have several hundred applicants and 60-75 criteria each.

I was able to give them a custom database application that gives them one or two click access to all the information they need.  One button exports all the student criteria into a spreadsheet.  Saved hours and hours of time.  Another button prints all 450+ applications (3000+ pages) in a single click.

Upgrades planned for next year include the ability to convert all the applications back into a PDF that includes a couple documents the students upload into the system and a way to send only specific applications to the printer, as distinct files, that can be stapled and hold punched automatically.

Pretty cool deal, really.  A lot of work went into it and the client was pretty thrilled with the results.