Holy Cow! It has been a long time since I’ve written any new posts on the site. I don’t know if any of you are still out there, but if you are I’m sorry it’s been so long. I know we all get busy and have a hard time finding the necessary time to write new posts, but I’ve been SUPER BUSY! The blog design/development business has really taken off and I have a lot of finished projects to add to the portfolio and a lot to show off. I have been working on a lot of projects simultaneously, and two of them are fairly close to 100% completion…but I’m not ready to close the book on them quite yet.
My latest project just finished up today, and I must say it is a huge improvement over the previous design. The sports blogging community has been kind to GrandmasterB and in turn, I have been turning out some of my best design work. Jesse from PistonsNationBlog.com contacted me around mid-June to work on a new theme design for his site. Before I go much further, I must mention that this theme is not a GrandmasterB original. Jesse purchased a template theme called “Bright” from ThemeForest.net and I added some of my flair to the design to incorporate his new logo and color scheme.
This is the first time that I have customized a Wordpress template from ThemeForest and I must say…they have some great stuff and the themes are well documented for customization. The new theme incorporated two widget placements in the sidebar and a section for ads to be placed by adding the code in the theme settings…very cool stuff! I decided to do a little modification and added a third widget placement below the ad section to split it up a bit.
Overall, the project was a lot of fun to work on and it was cool to see how other developers build themes. I especially liked that the theme had the Photoshop files included and they were also documented to make customization easier. I would also like to give a shout out to Jesse for trusting me to provide him with a new theme for his blog. If you haven’t already…check out his site at PistonsNationBlog.com.