Tony Backhouse is a musician and composer from NZ. He had a very outdated website that was built in Adobe Catalyst. That had to be migrated to WordPress before Adobe Catalyst expired. Jann (Tony’s business partner) came to Let’s Build a Website and attended the 1 on 1 Build a WordPress Website course.
This is what the website looked like before the training
The site was narrow and hard to read. And definitely not modern no mobile friendly, which is a big issue.
This is the new website – check it out!
It’s more modern and functional. As well as mobile responsive! Meaning it looks good on all devices. Which Google loves!
What we did in the training
- To set up WordPress on the web host.
- Next, to install the Divi theme (from elegantthemes.com).
- This is how we designed the look and feel of the site.
- Jann already had a design/layout she liked.
- So, we used this a guide to creating the new look.
Tony Backhouse wishlist
Included the following
- A Shop – to sell Tonys books, recordings and CDs.
- Blog – to bring traffic and give his readers some recent news.
- Calendar & Events – to provide his fans with the opportunity to go to his performances.
- Social Media – so users can follow Tony and receive his latest news.
- MailChimp – is a must! If you want to build up a database of emails to send out newsletters.
- We started to build the site, by setting up all the pages.
- There were 12 main pages, a blog and a shop page.
- Jann copied over a lot of content from the old site.
- But we had to create completely new layouts for all pages.
- The amazing thing about Divi is it has a way to copy pages.
- Making building pages a little easier.
- The next task was to create a navigation menu.
- Lastly, to add the logo.
What plugins we used
- To display Tony’s events on the page, we used a Events plugin.
- Even though it’s free it still has a lot of great options.
- Heres the plugin – https://en-au.wordpress.org/plugins/the-events-calendar/
- It’s a free one from wordpress.org
- We set this up and added some upcoming events.
- Jann learnt how to do this ongoing.
- For the shop, we used Woocommerce.
- The most popular WordPress shop plugin.
- Heres the plugin – https://en-au.wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce/
- Setting up the plugin included adding the business details and payment options.
- The shipping was simple (luckily), so it was quick to set up.
- There was just a flat rate for Tony’s books.
- For Social Media, we used Monarch. This is a premium plugin.
- Heres the plugin – https://www.elegantthemes.com/plugins/monarch/
- Setting up the plugin included adding the Follow icons and the URL.
- Then placing the Monarch Widget into the footer.
- This plugin also allows you to add Social Sharing.
- Social Sharing is necessary, so visitors can share your content.
- Every website should have these options.
- The plugin we used was Bloom. Another premium plugin from elegantthemes.com
- Heres the plugin – https://www.elegantthemes.com/plugins/
- We set this plugin up and connected it to MailChimp.
- Then add the signup box to slide in at the bottom of the footer.
- Visitors can now join Tony’s site and receive his latest news.
To sum up
Jann and Let’s Build a Website completed the website together in 3 x 3hr sessions. Therefore 9 hours in total! Not bad for building a new professional website. That works well on all devices. And most importantly that Jann and Tony can edit themselves ongoing. They were both very pleased with the end result.