I love makeovers and this one was long overdue. It’s amazing to see a person or a house transformed. In the beginning it always seems like a hopeless case. Then you see the big reveal and, wow, it’s magic. If only there was a What Not to Wear for websites.
It’s been two years since our last big website makeover. That’s when I put Stafflink on WordPress. It was a huge step forward because WordPress is an amazing content management system.
But its a whole new world now thanks to Apple’s game-changing devices. Stafflink definitely needed a makeover to get up-to-speed with the mobile revolution.
WordPress to the rescue, again
WordPress and a community of generous WordPress developers all over the globe have kept pace with change, offering a huge selection of frameworks, themes and plugins that make it relatively easy to create a mobile-friendly website. Thanks to the WordPress community, Stafflink is now sporting a brand new look that also happens to be mobile responsive.
The big reveal
No website is every truly finished. I’ll be tweaking our website continuously until I eventually replace it with another whole new design. But this is how Stafflink’s new homepage looks today.
How I built it
If you want to build a responsive website with a job board, it’s not as difficult as you would think. The hardest part was choosing a WordPress theme.
Here’s the process that I followed in a nutshell.
- I used BackupBuddy to create a backup of our old site that I could use to set up a test site for the development.
- I used DesktopServer from ServerPress and the backup to create a local server on my computer with an exact copy of our old website.
- I dressed up Stafflink’s content with some of my favourite responsive WordPress themes. The Air theme from iThemes, the BigBang theme from Themeforest and Dynamo from Obox Design were three of my favs.
After lots of trial and error I decided to go with a responsive theme called Foxy from Elegant Themes because Stafflink’s owner Tim Collins liked it the best. I recommended this theme because it suited our logo and Elegant themes is very reasonably priced with an excellent support forum. Plus it’s compatible with the plugin that I used for our job board – WP Job Manager.
If you have any questions or ideas to improve our new design, please leave a comment.
This is a really nice design, and it seems like it was rather simple to put into action. I have used BackupBuddy in the past and loved it!
Thanks for your comment! I like the clean design of your website http://www.aguaweb.ca/. Looks like you have a great web design business going in Calgary.
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Thanks for your comment!
I couldn’t live without DesktopServer for WordPress development. Your tech support was really helpful when I had trouble deploying the site to a live server.
It would be handy if you offered a backup solution for DesktopServer local development sites.