One of the more interesting projects we’ve worked on this year (2013), was the Cooking for My Spirit website. The site was a personal project by a client who is a graphic designer. The project was initiated by the client’s wife who has been doing extensive research into diet and the benefits that this diet can have for an individual, particularly one with serious illness.
The client was able to provide the design for the site which we then implemented by creating a custom WordPress theme based on the design.
Much of the functionality of the site revolves around recipes and to facilitate this we used WordPress Custom Post Types to enable the client to add/edit and update “Recipes” as well as organise them into categories, provide search functionality, etc… In addition to this the default post type of WordPress is used to facilitate the publishing of Articles relevant to the topic.
A great deal of work went into setting up options throughout the site so that the client could control all aspects of the site, from the link of the Facebook icon to the text and images throughout.
The site needed to work for the client without requiring a great deal of effort to maintain and update. So certain functionality is automatic, for example the four recipes on the home page are automatically pulled from the most recent recipes added to the site and the correct sidebar is displayed for different pages on the site based on what you’re viewing (i.e. recipes or articles).
In the end I think what we have come up with is quite a functional and professional looking site that once again demonstrates the value in a strong collaboration.