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Using Woo Commerce with WordPress

Recently I decided to add a shop to my crafts website but the theme I used did not allow enough menus items for me to include a shop, as well as a cart and checkout page. Originally I worked with the Dandelion theme but then switched to 3Clicks, which is now defunct. So once again I have adapted the site to the ever popular Avada them. Woo Commerce allow you to upload images and add information about each item in the shop created by WooCommerce. This is important, you also need an additional free WooCommerce plugin to get the shipping rates accommodated to the zip code! Also, one needs to scroll down deep into the page to add the weight for each item, so that can be considered when calculating shipping costs. I used USPS and Paypal because they were the simpliest and least complicated of systems! Here is the final product, hope you enjoy!

2020-09-12T22:22:24+00:00October 14, 2017|web design|

Going Mobile Gets Results

The Latest Research Addresses How Going Mobile Gets Results

For the moment, when on a mobile device like a phone the second and third listing as a search result gets the best attention! And something new I had not hear of, called the Knowledge Graph is moving right along in popularity. This is something I will need to explore. Also what is referred to as the Golden Triangle, now what is that I also ask, will maybe not apply to the mobile phone viewers. Apparently folks used to look at web pages from top left down to bottom right, which makes sense to me because in our English reading culture we read left to right from top to bottom! But now they don’t. Look at the image above which shows you portions of what people see after searching for info about a famous museum.

So here is the latest fancy analysis about how users act on mobile devices, brought to you by a seriously interesting researcher named Justin Briggs.

2020-09-12T22:10:36+00:00December 22, 2014|web design|

Points of View for Needlepoints

This website helps one bring into focus the fine details of needlepoint explored by Ralph Wileman. At the request of the client I added pop-up windows to display very detailed close ups that show the stitches in an almost magnified view.

Ralph Wileman has coined the term “needle points of View” to describe his art pieces that are totally original in design and carefully executed. He has had shows at such prestigious places as the Horace Williams house in Chapel Hill.

Included here is a link a video I made that shows the pieces hung at that particular show.

A note of interest: Ralph was my mentor and teacher of Visual Design when I received my Master’s Degree that focussed on how to use media to get the best results, as defined by the client’s needs. It focusses on brain theory about how we cognitively process information to cause us to perceive or behave in a certain manner. My experience in his program ranks high with me as the most rewarding time of my life.

You can imagine how particular Ralph was about how his site would work and which features would be used to maximize the presentation of his lovely work! Ralph has enjoyed for this particular site and I remain indebted to him for his fine instruction about graphic design, whether it be used for print, for television, or for the web!

Here is a link to Wileman’s website.




2020-09-12T22:13:19+00:00November 7, 2014|web design|

Design with Quadrants Around A Spine

Here is an interesting layout for a website I designed for a ceramicist located here in Chapel Hill. Most of her work is hand built and assumes a variety of simple organic shapes. Many of her pieces are textured with markings that add a primitive decorative value to the art. Various expressions result from her sculpting and carving into the clay.

To keep the emphasis on her unusual work, and compliment it in a way that does not distract from its innate charm, I created a site with a minimalist style. I selected simple fonts for understated text in the color of grey to compliment the handsome photography and inserted one thick grey rule to underscore her site’s name. I positioned a vertical dotted green line with a subtle shadow to separate her name from the selections to the right.

For the basic layout, I adopted a simple four quad split.  I positioned her logo at the upper left (which matches her domain name); and at the right I placed page choices with rollovers of green to indicate their selectability. On each page, the lower left quadrant contains the main content — descriptive text related to the imagery at the right. Normally, all text on a site would be left justified, but in this case I chose not to follow that convention. Note that the text in each quadrant is positioned to that it is tangent to the central spine of the design.

As a result, Linda’s site makes a simple but sharp statement. It grid steps back as a frame to showcase Linda’s fine work. It anchors the content — a generous offering of images with a minimal amount of verbiage.

Take a look at Linda’s fine work, and feel free to comment on the site design if you like!

2020-09-12T22:18:42+00:00November 7, 2014|artist, web design|
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