I’ve just finished version one of the jimmyteens.tv Resources section (jimmyteens.tv is a cancer support website I work for). We were finding increasingly that we needed a place to dump answers to questions and generally provide information about the non-profit that is JTV Media Learning Ltd. As jimmyteens.tv runs on WordPress I rolled out the MultiSite carpet so each area of the website could be separated into its own subdomain and have individual admin areas.
As luck would have it Mark Jaquith (a lead WordPress developer) had just posted an article about a site he just released called “Have Baby, Need Stuff” which gave me a few good ideas. The biggest help being a link to the Underscores WordPress theme. It’s a great starting point to get a WordPress theme off the ground.
There was a fair amount of tweaking to be done to get what I needed – but it was easier removing and editing than writing from scratch.
Secondly I used the twitter Bootstrap interface framework to make it all look pretty. It’s the first time I’ve used it for anything meaningful and I found it an excellent choice in this case. I just wanted the site to be very clear and clean – focusing on the information being presented. The theme needed a fair amount of tweaking in terms of classes and IDs to make it work with twitter Bootstrap but was actually quite straight forward in the end.
Each section is actually a custom post type to make editing in the admin area clear, and also to make the sorting options nice to use.
It’s clean and simple and should hold its own when it comes to “can you just” and “it would be good if it did this…” style requests. We still have plenty of information to populate it with but it’s on its way/