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What Would Woo Do

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When faced with having to use an unfamiliar Wordpres theme, what do you do? If you love WooThemes, you try to use Canvas or something like that instead. Stories of what to do when you can't use WooThemes, and the lifesaving features of JetPack.

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What Would Woo Do

  1. 1. www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 What would woo do? A brief overview of what happens when your client doesn’t have or doesn’t want the theme you know best, and you miss it terribly. Presented by Laura Rinaldi Principal Catalyst Creations West
  2. 2. www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 There are many types of themes
  3. 3. 3 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 This is what comes up if you search within Wordpress
  4. 4. 4 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 This is what you get when you search for premium themes in Google
  5. 5. 5 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 This is what you get if you go to Elegant Themes
  6. 6. 6 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 This is what you get in Studio Press
  7. 7. 7 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 Ink themes selection
  8. 8. 8 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 And Woothemes
  9. 9. 9 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 A little bit about WooThemes and Canvas
  10. 10. 10 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 And yet, I have created sites that look different with it.
  11. 11. 11 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 Back end of Canvas
  12. 12. 12 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 And documentation of Canvas
  13. 13. 13 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 So, when you can’t use what you want? • The client has already bought a theme • You are working on en existing site, and the client just wants you to modify their theme, and oh, make a bunch of changes that will be fine, because they have a theme, but it wans’t designed for what they want to do. • Or some other lame reason, such as the client doesn’t like woo, and there is nothing you can do about that.
  14. 14. 14 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 So, what do you do when you can’t woo? • You can install Canvas anyway, and build the site out, and be a hero, and the client is none the wiser • You can work with what you have, and learn one more skill, the skill of working with different themes even though you don’t like them. • You can choose not to work with the client, although that is a bit on the extreme side.
  15. 15. 15 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 So, familiarize yourself with other themes • Some of the themes I have had to work with include Genisis, InkThemes, some free themes, and the bane of my existence, Elegant themes. • And install JetPack.
  16. 16. 16 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 Why should you install JetPack? • It comes with a bucketload of extensions • SiteStats, for when you can’t or they don’t know about Google Antalytics. • Custom CSS
  17. 17. 17 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 CSS Stylesheet Editor
  18. 18. 18 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 Back end for Elegant theme
  19. 19. 19 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 Genisis Theme settings
  20. 20. 20 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 Thematic settings
  21. 21. 21 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 Ink Themes
  22. 22. 22 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 And this theme, Atahualpa
  23. 23. 23 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 My story of when I built in Canvas anyway
  24. 24. 24 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 The theme she was using.
  25. 25. 25 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 Boldly’s backend
  26. 26. 26 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 So, the site was live, what to do? • I could have used theme Test Drive, if I had known about it • Instead I installed backup buddy, and rebuilt the site in a sub- directory I called “dev”, so that I could get approval for the design. • Once it was approved, I made the site live by overwriting the index.php folder, and updating the .htaccess file.
  27. 27. 27 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 And here is what the revised site looked like
  28. 28. 28 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 But, what happens when you can’t use Canvas • A client came to me recently with a five page deck (which used to be know as powerpoint slides). She wanted a site build with it. • To say that the deck was sparse is calling Death Valley a little bit hot. • There were no graphics, other than the logo, no concepts, nothing, and the site had to go up in two weeks. • She wanted it all on one page, a one page theme, and that was something I didn’t think I could do in Canvas, so I went searching for a theme. • I didn’t know where to start, so started with themeforest
  29. 29. 29 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 Looking in Forest Themes
  30. 30. 30 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 Theme Forest One Pager
  31. 31. 31 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 This is what the back end looks like
  32. 32. 32 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 But, without documentation, this is what I ended up with
  33. 33. 33 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 So, I went looking for another one pager
  34. 34. 34 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 Tried a free one-page from InkThemes
  35. 35. 35 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 Because it was free, light on documentation
  36. 36. 36 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 And I still wasn’t any closer
  37. 37. 37 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 So, went to WooThemes, and bought their one pager
  38. 38. 38 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 With the usual features
  39. 39. 39 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 And familiar backend
  40. 40. 40 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 As well as unfamiliar
  41. 41. 41 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 And this is what I ended up with
  42. 42. 42 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 But the best part was the documentation
  43. 43. 43 www.sans-serif.com | 831.338.4687 So, that is what I woo do • If I can’t use canvas, use at least a wootheme • If I can’t use woo, make sure I have jetpack • And if the site is easy enough to just change to Canvas because all the changes wont’ work with the current site, dont’ tell the client and just do it.

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