SitePoint Base Theme

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Anthony Hortin

SitePoint is a hub for web developers to share their passion for building incredible Internet things. Founded in 1999 and based in Melbourne (Australia), SitePoint is proud to support all manner of web professionals, from developers, designers, product creators through to entrepreneurs.

As part of their commitment to providing useful resources to the development community, Sitepoint were keen to provide a selection of WordPress themes.  Before this could happen though, they wanted to develop a high quality base theme that they could use to build these themes. Not only would this provide them a great starting base for their themes, but would also provides some consistency among all the themes they were planning to release.

In designing & building the Base Theme for sitepoint, I focused on 6 major areas. This new base theme needed to be super fast. With a performance score of 98 on Pingdom, this was definitely achieved. It needed to be mobile friendly. Google gave it 100/100 on their Mobile Testing tool. It was important that this new theme was coded with WordPress best practices in mind, it needed to be easy to use and develop with and it was important that it be released under the GPL Open Source license. Last, but not least, with the growing number of eCommerce sites out there, it was important to make it compatible with the best WordPress eCommerce platform out there, WooCommerce.

 

Macmillan Education English

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Macmillan Education Australia is one of the leading educational publishers in Australia for Secondary English resources. Macmillan support students as they learn and develop their skills through workbooks and textbooks along with encouraging creativity and a love of literature with popular fiction, drama and poetry titles.

The previous Macmillan English site had a number of issues with how their titles were presented, and site visitors found it hard to find what they were looking for, especially when it came to newer titles. Macmillan needed a site that was easier to search as well as one that enabled titles to be catalogued more efficiently. They also wanted a membership site for teachers so that they could access further resources. Each Macmillan title has a special resource code printed inside the cover and when a teacher purchases one of the Macmillan titles, they can then use this code to access additional resources on the site, related to that title.

Morandin Estate

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Located in Griffith NSW, Morandin Estate produces wines of superb quality that showcase the best nature has to offer. The Morandin family’s 88 acre vineyard supplies much of the fruit for Morandin Estate’s appealing wines and when required, it’s supplemented by specially selected grapes from other renowned Australian wine-making regions such as the Coonawarra, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. The Morandin Estate website was designed by the extremely talented Bianca from The Articulate Pear. I bought the site to life by creating a custom responsive WordPress theme. Being responsive, it looks just as great on mobile devices and tablets, as it does on your desktop browser.

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Too Cool For School

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Too Cool For School is dedicated to stocking only ridiculously cool stuff for the young ones. They’re a unique online and bricks & mortar store based in Cooks Hill, New South Wales, Australia. Using WordPress and WooCommerce, I created an online store for all their unique and specialised products.

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Herbies Earthmoving

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Herbies Earthmoving is an established Earthmoving Company based in Brisbane and services the South East Queensland Region. I designed and developed a custom WordPress theme to showcase their services, utilising HTML5, CSS3 & @font-face font replacement. The site is also responsive, so it looks just as great on mobile devices and tablets, as it does on your desktop browser.

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