After I finished TTI’s events site, the group asked me to make the main site’s theme responsive. I reworked the slider plugin, rearranged content for mobile, and rewrote hard-coded home page elements as widgets.
TTI asked me to help them implement a custom post type for their conferences (essentially an upcoming events system) and to replace the defunct CheezCap plugin they’d been using to manage per-site customizations for their Genesis child theme. I implemented an autosuggest function on the conference search form and created a custom RSS feed for the events. I also made the Events site theme responsive.
TVMDL was moving into WordPress with the help of some very talented in-house people, but they were having trouble getting past their old content. I did a content inventory and helped them implement some of the changes they wanted to make to the AgriLife parent theme. Along the way, I ended up writing a custom plugin, similar to Texas A&M University at Qatar‘s, to manage the photos featured on the home page.
The Texas A&M campus at Qatar had been up and running with WordPress for a while, but they needed a review of their custom theme. Its developers had, as it turned out, done a lot of things on the checklist of what not to do. The theme included the complete source code of four plugins, some without attribution, all of which were by this time very outdated. I removed the code and installed the plugins, which will now prompt the site’s owners for updates. TimThumb was included, and has now been replaced by WordPress’s native image resize functions — which makes the home page slideshow faster to load and easier to maintain. I fixed some basic SEO problems, like a missing <title> tag on the home page, and generally cleaned up the code, including a lot of inline CSS.
When Scott’s Leviathan was published, his publisher hired a graphic designer to revamp his website in fine steampunk style. Alas, the firm wasn’t entirely conversant with WordPress’s best practices, and the result was a table-based (!) design that broke every time Scott added a large image. (Which he does every Friday.) I redid the theme in CSS, fixed the image issues, widgetized the sidebars, and built some custom mini-plugins to make it easier to maintain some of the fun little features, like the lizard message.
This is an alumni network for graduates of the Viable Paradise writing workshop. It’s a basic BuddyPress site with a few plugins (maps, extended profiles) and a Gravity Form to let users register for Paradise Lost, the alumni workshop.
This was the site that spurred me to write the Spam link plugin for BuddyPress.