Creating a Custom WordPress Site for 2 Artists
Rik Allen & Shelley Muzylowski Allen needed a new website that was easier to manage than the one they had.
Each artist has their own separate site and WordPress admin, but they share the splash landing page and blog page. Their sites have the same layout and links to each others solo sites so the user experience is that of being on one large site with easy access to all of both artist’s pages.
A very appealing element was the addition of a video on the shared landing page. Rik and Shelley provided the video of a scene from their glass hot-shop and we set it up on a continuous loop…in case you want to hang out for a few minutes and watch the steam :) It’s a flash video and will only play on a desktop or laptop computer, mobile devices will see a static image of the video. The video really sets the mood for entering the site and seeing the exceptional work of both artists.
The site is also set up with a mobile plugin so the site becomes “responsive” when it’s viewed on smart phones and formats to the devices dimensions.
It’s so important when you are an artist to have your latest work and schedule posted so people know when your shows are, if you are giving workshops, and what’s new with your art. Rik and Shelley are able to edit the entire site themselves now, adding images of new work, updating their events and keeping a blog going.