Redesign. On a Whim.

“The bud
stands for all things,
even those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing”

-Galway Kinnell, St. Francis and the Sow

Stained glass apple treeA redesign. It started a week ago when at last I faced facts. The time had come to add social media icons to this site. Everywhere I looked there were articles on how easy it was to add a Google+ button. But more to the point, I should have done this some time ago for Facebook and Twitter.

True, it’s easy for a developer to add small chunks of code, but Faith and Web‘s code was increasingly crufty — five years old and not the greatest to start with. In the intervening years, WordPress has matured, and I’ve learned a bit thanks to developing about a dozen other WordPress sites, plus reading Beginning WordPress 3 by Stephanie Leary.

For those interested in mastering WordPress, I can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s packed full of all kinds of great information for developers (beginners and otherwise) with a wealth of helpful insights and tips. I particularly appreciated the plug-ins she recommends and her instructions on building custom content types — both very useful in building congregational websites.

However, rather than a lightly dusting off the code and adding icons, my next step was to look around another favorite resource — iStockphoto. Right away I found the gorgeous stained glass illustration now in the header. As soon as I saw it I remembered the opening lines of Galway Kinnell’s beautiful poem, St. Francis and the Sow. And so there were visions of a new look-and-feel dancing through my head.

A week later (last night to be precise) I launched this redesign. Inevitably, I forgot the catalytic agent — social media icons. But this morning I found the snippets, which indeed, as advertised, are easy. It was a breeze to find the right place for them in such nice tidy code.

I do love WordPress… and clean code…. and art…. and the Web.

3 Responses

  1. I’m glad the book was helpful! That stained glass image really is gorgeous.

  2. Anna Belle says:

    Thanks so much, Stephanie! Your book truly is first-rate. On the back cover you say it’s for beginning developers, but it seems to me you are quite modest. I think many of the chapters would help non-developers who want to get better at WordPress, as well as intermediate WordPress developers.

  3. Paul Martin says:

    The web design is wonderful. I envy your graphic design skills.

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