Over the past month or so I have been redeveloping the website for a small Spanish school in the city of Antigua, Guatemala – Antigua Plaza. I’ve known Ana the owner since the first time I visited Antigua four years ago, and while my wife and I were back in town Ana expressed her interest in having her site turned back into a WordPress site, where things would be easier for her to keep updated. I was only too happy to oblige & got to work taking her existing site content & massaging it into a WordPress theme (Ribosome) that suited well.
I’m super happy with result, and Ana loves the ease with which she can log in & make simple changes. Smiles all ’round!
Ribosome – with a few CSS & JS tweaks. This is my first time using this theme, and it’s come out OK. I didn’t like the default colours that came with it, so did some CSS tweaking to overcome that. This is probably something that the pro version offers, but for first time usage I went with what I knew. It’s a pretty simple classic theme, header, body, sidebar & footer but was pretty easy to customize & I had minimal work to do to make the site look nice (apart from the horrible default colours).
- Jetpack – I always use tons of goodies from Jetpack, including the CSS editor. I also link the site to my WordPress.com account for remote management
- Easy Pricing Tables Lite – To display the pricing tables on the Prices page & in the sidebar on some pages. My first time using this one, but it seems pretty good & was definitely easy.
- Easy Testimonials – Another first time plugin for me here. Basic custom post type addition going on here. Seems to be done well.
- Google Maps Widget – I purchased a licence for this since it seems to be something I use on virtually all websites I make. Full featured, pretty easy to get the hang of. I think this is going to be money well spent.
- Instagram Feed – Another great full featured plugin that I seem to be using a lot. Even without the Pro version, this thing seems to be extremely customizable. Will keep using
- Meta Slider – Have used this for basic sliders a couple of times now & it is the best I’ve seen so far. A lot of similar plugins introduce a lot of flaky JS, but this one seems pretty solid. Usually needs some CSS tweaks, but it’s solid.
- Yoast SEO – For all your SEO needs – I like the traffic light system.
- User Switching – Not a user facing plugin, but good for admins to test how other users see the admin panel of a site. eg What does an ‘Editor’ see when they’re logged in. Simply go to the Users page & click ‘Switch To’ to see things from their perspective. I use it for all my client sites.