I am thrilled to announce (belatedly) the relaunch of Digdougsart.com!
Visual artist Doug Naugle and I worked together to redesign his site, with the express intention of seamlessly integrating his blog and adding an e-commerce component.
Doug also needed a way to upload images of his art (both photographs and paintings) and showcase them throughout the site. Straight HTML/CSS just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. He needed a CMS.
I’ve been working with WordPress for a while on all of my personal blogs, and I love the way this versatile CMS can be customized, so I recommended it for Doug. It worked out beautifully. Doug was already using WordPress for his blog, and it was no problem for him to learn added functionality for the rest of a site.
I used a number of my favorite plugins, including NextGEN Gallery. There are a number of e-commerce plugins for WordPress now, but it was hard finding one that worked just the way we wanted. In the end, we chose WP-ecommerce and added the Gold Cart to it. It’s not ideal — I wish we had found something that would have more easily integrated with the galleries — images must be uploaded separately to a gallery and to the store — so there would be less work for Doug. But we eliminated the need for ME to be in the middle, uploading images. Doug can do it all himself, and that was a major goal for this site.
I’m really starting to turn into a WordPress template/theme designer. I’m loving working with this platform. And I can’t wait to go to the WordPress Party at SXSWi.
Oh my gosh! SX is almost here! Woo-hoo!