re: Theme Recommendation

From: Carole B.
Sent on: Thursday, March 4, 2010 10:03 AM

Hi John,

Regarding your questions:

 

Where is the best place to scour for good themes?

I prefer Studio Press premium themes (studiopress.com). Be careful when purchasing themes and make sure they are widget-ready, css & xhtml compliant, and are cross-browser compatible (especially with Internet Explorer)

 

Could any of you recommend a theme based on the capabilities I need: Most of these items are done by adding Wordpress plugins and are not built into the theme.

 

-drag and drop widgets (if possible) – most new themes are widget-ready and allow for drag and drop widgets (free themes generally have only 1 widget area, the sidebar; there are premium themes with additional widgetized areas particularly on the home page)

-an information inquiry form (for a contact us page) widget – you can use the cforms plugin for this but it has a steep learning curve.

-video and audio posting capability – video posting can be done using the Video Widget plugin or Vipers Video Quicktags

-a bright, slick design

-easy access to social media sites on the homepage – most social media sites have widget code that you can copy and paste into a text widget or use plugins such as Facebook Connection or Twitter Widget Pro

-a database, log in function to access exclusive content – you will need to hire a web developer to do this.

-paypal capabilities to purchase products (tutoring programs) directly from the site – there may be a plugin for this

-capability to do a slideshow of pictures (either flash or a photobucket thing) on the home page – the NextGen gallery plugin with the imagerotator.swf file installed

-interactive calendars where customers can schedule an appointment online – there may be a plugin for this, if not you will need to hire a web developer

-a drop down menu where customers can filter by subject, pick a subject, and then it will list the available tutors for that subject – you can use the Wordpress categories for this.

 

Carole

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