Responding to a plea for help, my role with Desang is to provide web strategy advice. Having recently concluded a process of consolidation, simplification and documentation including switching to WordPress websites and Google Apps for SaaS, the next step will be to migrate to a modern CRM system.
Archives for October 2010
Designed by the very talented @puppa, this site required not only pixel-perfect build, but also a very lateral approach to delivering the solution that the client needed. The solution was developed as a custom child theme for Thematic, and features Salesforce web-to-lead integration, custom post types and custom menus as well as bespoke category pages and complex jCarousel interaction.
A simple, lightweight site for a local journalist: focussed on providing a tool for him to keep his website up-to-date with his recent activities. I was involved with this site right from before the domain name was secured and set up Google Apps, the website and also provided strategy advice along the way.
Just a really quick post to say that I’ve wasted about a day trying to get these two plugins to work together and just can’t do it.
An epiphany last night: just create a separate WP install with a very simple theme that shows a holding page with a contact form, then switch between the sites using Apache in order to achieve the maintenance page effect. Simple! Obviously this will only work if you:
- Have the ability to host more than one WP install at the same IP address
- Can play with Apache’s vhosts.conf (or equivalent) to switch between sites
- Have a ‘spare’ URL pointing at the site which you can use whilst its in maintenance mode (and can swap the Home and SiteURL fields over in PHPMyAdmin)
I use a great little VPS so can achieve this. It’s definitely not as much fun as just using WP Maintenance Mode, but it’s definitely more fun than sweating over how to get it working with Contact Form 7!
So, if you’re trying to get WP Maintenance Mode and Contact Form 7 to play nicely together – I wish you luck and if you achieve it, I’d love to learn how 🙂
Phase 2 for a valued and exciting client. This site was a particular challenge in terms of design where one pixel out of place would have ruined the design (it’s even IE6 compatible!). Having been involved with the strategy and planning aspect of this build too, I was very pleased with the end result: a lightweight, content-focussed site that allows TSR Insight to generate traffic through genuinely interesting content, and then drive that traffic to their key calls to action. Technically, I worked with another developer to implement web-to-CRM functionality, including custom jQuery form styling and validation.