Veronica came to me earlier this year looking to update a few things on her website. And guys, before I get started on the project details, she has the COOLEST business! She runs a company of pet sitters specifically for couples who want their dogs involved in their wedding. You can hire a sitter to come and watch over your dog on your special day as well as train them to participate in the wedding. Your pet can walk down the aisle and be included in the photos. Isn’t that great?! You can see her business here on her website.
Now, back to design business 🙂 Veronica loved the previous design of her site and wanted to keep her site relatively the sam. So, I was tasked with designing new elements to mesh well with the current site. This is a type of job that I really do enjoy doing!
One of the items Veronica wanted on her site was a place to put all her podcast and media features. She had a press page that she was working on previously, but she was manually entering all the data and moving the elements around on the canvas. Manual editing was quickly becoming too much as the business grew. She knew she wanted a feature that would auto-populate the information on her site and automatically move it down the page without her personally having to do too much editing.
This was an incredibly fun part of the project. If Veronica had not already had a blog, I would have chosen to use the main WordPress theme that comes with the standard Showit + blog. However, since she did already have a blog, she needed a new feature added to her WordPress account—a Custom Post Type. This feature gives you the same function of a blog, but you can put whatever information you want in it.
Showit And WordPress Custom Post Type
Once I added in a Custom Post Type into Veronica’s site, it gave us a second page to play around with and customize via Showit. I built out a new design using the previous designer’s assets and created a new Press page that I think looks FABULOUS!
So now, when Veronica is featured in a new press outlet, she can add a few things to her WordPress post, press publish, and voila, it’s added to her press page. All of the previous entries are automatically moved down the page!
If you’re curious about the Custom Post Type and how it can be used on your website, come pop into my inbox, and let’s get it set up!
Custom Blog Page
Another item Veronica wanted to redesign was how the blog post page is displayed. I’m glad I got to do this project in tandem with the Press Page. I wanted each page to have its own unique feel so people would not mix them up, but I also wanted them both to flow nicely with the overall website theme.
We edited the page to be more crisp and easy to read. She also wanted the individual blog post page template to get a little refresh.
General Website Maintenance
Along with all website projects, I like to review the site and help update anything else that could be missing. I take a peek at some basic SEO items like page titles and meta descriptions. And, I look over the canvases in Showit in order to tidy up anything that could cause a hiccup for the business owner or user on the site.
I love having the opportunity to go in and support business owners with these types of projects. It’s fun to be able to design something unique that still meshes well with an existing theme. I find it to be a nice challenge.
I really liked working on the addition of the Custom Post Type for Veronica, and I can’t wait to pop back on in a few months to read her latest features.
If you have a website project that has been sitting on your to-do list for far too long or are tired of fiddling with it on your own, come message me! We can get it off your plate and published for all to see!