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Shaun West website now online

I’m pleased to announce the launch of the new Shaun West website.

Shaun contacted me in mid September about designing a new website. He already had a site but wanted a more professional look. He also wanted the site to be managed using WordPress. I set out a proposal and project timetable and we got to work.

The first task was to identify the style that Shaun wanted. His previous site looked good but he wanted to get away from a ‘corporate’ look. Using wireframes and mock-ups I designed and refined the look of the site with Shaun’s feedback. We settled on a style that we both feel strikes the right balance between professional and personal.

Next, I developed a custom WordPress theme so that Shaun could easily manage his site. I broke down the content into ‘Services’, ‘Testimonials’, ‘Posts’ and ‘Pages’. This gives Shaun an easy way to add and edit his content.

I’ve really enjoyed working on Shaun’s website. I’m looking forward to working together in the future, there is already another project in the pipeline!

View Shaun’s new site.

View what Shaun says about working with Keith Devon Web Development.

WordPress site for security specialist

I am pleased to announce that I have secured a contract to build the new website for a security and close protection specialist. The site will be based on WordPress, giving the client an easy way to edit and update content.

I will be incorporating a blog section that will allow my client to write posts on industry subjects, confirming him as an expert in the security community.

The site should be live by mid October, so check back for the results.

Adding the excerpt function to WordPress pages

The excerpt function that is so useful in WordPress posts, does not come as standard on pages. Luckily, the fix is easy. Add the following code to your functions.php file and voila! Excerpts on wordpress pages.

// add excerpts to pages

function add_page_excerpt_meta_box() { add_meta_box( ‘postexcerpt’, __(‘Excerpt’), ‘post_excerpt_meta_box’, ‘page’, ‘normal’, ‘core’ ); }

add_action( ‘admin_menu’, ‘add_page_excerpt_meta_box’ );

Sorting WordPress Posts Using Surnames

A client recently requested that their ‘Members’ page be sorted by surname and not first name. The lists were generated using the follwing code:

<?php$cat_args = array(
'sort_column' => 'post_title',
'order' => 'ASC',
'parent' => 12);
$categories =   get_categories($cat_args);
foreach($categories as $category) {
echo '<ul id="member"><li><h3>' . $category->name.'</h3></li>';
$post_args = array(
'numberposts' => 50,
'orderby' => 'title',
'order' => 'ASC',
'category' => $category->term_id    );
$posts = get_posts($post_args);
foreach($posts as $post) {	?>
<li><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>">
<?php the_title(); ?></a></li>	<?php	}
echo '</ul>';
}
?>

To sort by surname I created a custom field in the Post Edit screen. The name of the custom field I set to ‘surname’ and I entered the member’s surname in the value field.

I then had to change the PHP code to look for the custom field and sort the list accordingly. I changed the ‘orderby’ => ‘title’, to ‘orderby’ => ‘meta_value’,’meta_key’ => ‘surname’,.

Now the members are sorted by their surnames. Simple! View the code in action here.

Note: If the custom field of ‘surname’ is not given a value then the post title will not display in the list.

Art Gallery Website Offer

Having recently designed the Royal Ulster Academy website, I am now looking to use my experience in this area to work on other art gallery websites.

Why are websites important to galleries?

The internet has become the ‘go-to’ place for information. Customers will go to a company’s website for contact details, directions, information on history and people, to view the products and often to buy. The website has become many customer’s first contact with an organisation. “First impressions last”, so yours better be good.

For art galleries, whether big or small, an effective website is more important than ever. The main goal of art galleries is to sell art. A great website can help with this by:

  • making it easy for people to contact you
  • making it easy for people to find you
  • managing mailing lists
  • beautifully displaying your art
  • educating the customer
  • building or enhancing a strong brand
  • fostering a community using forums and feedback
  • selling your art on-line

Why choose Keith Devon?

I understand you needs

Having worked very closely with the Royal Ulster Academy I have developed a unique understanding of the needs and tastes of art organisations. Your new site will be focused on the art. Distracting graphics and animations are kept to a minimum.

You can manage the content

I build sites using WordPress which is a powerful but very easy to use content management system. You will be in full control of text, images and galleries. It’s easy. Don’t believe me? Email Irene from the RUA at info@royalulsteracademy.org.

I’m friendly and cooperative

I pride myself on having excellent customer service and communication skills. I know that the internet can be an intimidating place and I’ll be here to guide you through the process, painlessly.

I’m flexible

Every web project is different and requires a unique approach. I will tailor the site to suit your needs. I can communicate the way YOU are comfortable. Email, phone, Skype, in person; whichever suits you best. The price of the site will depend on many factors but nearly any budget can be accomodated.

The offer

I am offering 20% off my usual rate for any gallery registering their interest before the end on July 2010.

Registration is simple. Please fill out the short form below and press send. Alternatively you can fill out my quote request form. You have nothing to lose! Please note that your details will not be passed on to any third parties.

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RUA summer 2010 offer

“The website was universally applauded – exactly what was ordered and it does exactly what it says on the tin – well done. You really did impress, not just with your efficiency but your persona.”
-RUA

Are you a RUA artist? If so, you can receive 20% off a custom made website if you register your interest (below) before the 9th July 2010.

The offer includes:

  • A custom made design
  • CMS based site – control your own content!
  • Home page
  • About page
  • Contact page with online contact form
  • Unlimited extra pages
  • Unlimited gallery pages
  • Web hosting
  • Domain name registration

Optional extras:

  • E-commerce. Sell your art on line
  • News posts
  • User forums
  • Calendar
  • Search engine optimisation

Pricing

Usual price = £430

Discount = 20%

Offer price = £345

Register your interest before July 9th to take advantage of this offer.

(Contact will only be made in relation to this offer. Your contact details will not be used for any other marketing purposes or passed on to any third parties.)

Register

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Welcome to my new website

Over the last week I’ve been working on the new Keith Devon Web Development site. I felt I needed to bring a more professional look to the site, whilst still being striking and original.

The new website features a blog section where I will be able to write articles about web design and keep clients up to date with any news in the kDev empire. The site is powered by WordPress and I’ve developed a custom theme to suit my needs.

I would love to hear your feedback on the new design. I hope that it is easy to find your way around and that you enjoy the new features.

Keith