This week’s Finely Tuned Consultant is Cody Landefeld. Cody is a WordPress Developer, WordPress Designer, and User Experience pro. He has been designing and developing websites since 2000. I really dig the education websites that Cody built for some local schools in the Arizona community where he lives.
In his own words:
I work as the principal/creative lead at codyL (http://codyl.com @codyL) where we solve business challenges through design and web development. We specialize in Custom WordPress Themes, Genesis Child Themes, and WordPress Plugin Development.
Where else? WP Candy! I met Ryan Imel in 2011 at WordCamp Phoenix and have since became a big fan of the site and the news that comes through. I also utilize my social networks for WordPress related news.
I’m a big fan of what the guys at Cubic Two, Pixel Jar, and Binary M are doing. I’ve gotten to know these guys personally by attending WordCamps in Southern California and getting to know them personally and seeing their work become more and more awesome all of the time!
Back-up, Back-up, Back-up. Always provide a full back-up for new client projects and provide ongoing back-ups for projects. There is a great standard Plugin for this simply called WP Backup. I’ve also had the pleasure of using VaultPress and the service is worth every penny as it not only backs up, but eliminates some malware as it goes along.
Spending a full year setting up WordPress as just a blog for websites on sub-domains. 😉
I would setup a Quickbooks integration Plugin for Shopp that makes the Quickbooks integration simple for clients. We need this people!
Depending on client budget, the preferred method is to build a custom theme or child theme for Genesis. Often times we can work with available themes, we love to work with Organic Themes as they’ve come to be good friends and really enjoy working with their themes from an efficiency standpoint.
I enjoy working with Organic Themes and the Genesis Framework. Simply put Organic makes some mighty fine clean code and there is no bloated dashboard panels or goofy stuff under the hood. Genesis on the other hand is very clean and helpful for businesses who need to get some SEO juice going. It’s great to work with these guys and am excited to personally know the developers and what they do. Our company puts a high emphasis into integrity and accountability and feel there is a kindred approach to both businesses.
Shopp E-Commerce Plugin!
We recently did some integration with this for WP Events Plugin where this controls different events and bands who play in and around the city of Maine for a website for Dispatch Magazine. http://dispatchmag.com
How to maintain quality work and show the value of custom themes. Clients seem to often want to go the most affordable route, but it’s important to compare apples to apples. Going custom with a great developer is a wise choice!
I would enable more clearer instructions inside every dashboard, although most devs do this it might be nice to see WordPress include this as standard.
WordPress should continue to become more widely adopted throughout the web and be installed on half of all new domains registered on the web. How does that sound?
I setup a full back-up on a large project before moving forward on any new development. As the agency who hired me had one of their devs go in and make changes, they overwrote some of the items I had made changes to. I also kept iterations stored locally to make sure this was not going to put us in a bad spot. So I was able to locate those overwritten changes and correct them again without having to bill the client extra and be a nice guy!
ISN’T WORDPRESS A BLOG SYSTEM? I tell them yes it is, but that’s only one portion and charge the bejezus out of them and run off into the sunset. No, I show them larger scale sites running WordPress and allow them to make the clear distinction of how it runs super efficiently.
In addition to how long have they been working on the platform, the question would have to be: Have you used the W faux logo anywhere??? This would be to legitimize their WordPress credibility and correct them if they had done this previously. 😉
Our agency also does some great Ruby on Rails development. We love WordPress and prefer working with it but do great software development as well.