This is a continuation of a series of posts about reworking my website into one that is entirely WordPress based. The series starts here:
Yesterday, I talked about using the Genesis framework theme, a Genesis child theme, and Genesis Design Palette Pro to implement my blogs. I picked the child theme, Daily Dish Pro <blush> because it offered a lot of options for blog formatting. I had already done an implementation of the main site using a Genesis child theme called Modern Portfolio Pro, and it had worked well. However, in poking around, I found that I was using hardly any of that theme’s features, since I was using the NextGEN Pro gallery plugin. So, in order to make it easier for me to harmonize the look and feel of the two blog sites and the gallery site, I decided to use Daily Dish for all of them. Genesis Design Palette Pro has an export/import function, so I exported design changes from The Last Word, installed the Daily Dish child theme on the main gallery site, and imported the design changes. It worked great.
The only major change between the setting for the blog and the gallery site is that I deep-sixed the sidebar for the gallery site.
Then I did the same thing to The Bleeding Edge, except that it got to keep the sidebar.
Now I’m in the process of making navigation more intuitive. For example, in this theme, as in most themes, if you click on the site title at the top of the page you go to that site’s home page. But that’s not obvious to a lot of people. So on the gallery site I added a top menu item called Home. On THE Last Word, I now have two top lovel menu items: Blog Home and Site Home. Site Home takes you to the gallery site. In order to make the navigation more obvious, I also came up with a slightly lighter gray background for the menu button for whatever page you happen to be on.
Now it’s off to create some more galleries.