We’ve produced the web site for ScottHallRemodeling.com & HallsHomeImprovements.com with a theme design by Jerrald Hayes of Paradigm-360 using WordPress and the SimplePress theme from  Elegant Themes as a development framework.

We have made several modifications to the overall look of the origional theme but the theme’s underlying architecture remains the same. We do however have some more changes planned that are still to come.

The following WordPress Plugins are in use:

  • Akismet – checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.
  • All in One SEO Pack – Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.
  • Broken Link Checker — Checks post and pages for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard or via email if any are found.
  • CMS Dashboard — Allows the user to create and organize buttons on their dashboard to reach the  common tasks they perform on their website.
  • CMS Tree Page View — Provides the site user with a tree of all the pages and/or custom posts on the site and allows the site owner/user to reorganize the structure via drag & drop. Users can also click to edit, view, add, and search for pages to from the Pages Tree View dashboard window.
  • Google XML Sitemaps – generates a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO>
  • Disable Comments — Allows administrators to globally disable comments on their site. Comments can be disabled according to post type
  • ET Anticipate Maintenance Plugin — Anticipate is a maintenance mode plugin from Elegant Themes, Anticipate plugin allows you to serve your visitors an alternate “coming soon” page while you work on building or perform maintenance on your real website in the background.
  • Google XML Sitemaps – When your blog has a sitemap, it makes it easier for search engines to crawl your content. This is a VITAL to a site’s success.
  • HandHeld —  is a WordPress plugin that works alongside your normal theme, serving an alternate layout to your mobile visitors.
  • Internet Explorer Alert! — Alerts visitor to use a more robust browser like Firefox, Chrome, Chrome that conforms better to accepted web standards.
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com— A powerful set of tools from the developers of WordPress that contains:
    • WordPress.com Stats — Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a WordPress.com API key.
  • NextGEN Gallery — An outstanding powerful integrated image gallery tool.
  • Ninja Announcements
  • No Self Pings — Keeps WordPress from sending pings to your own site.
  • Relevanssi — This plugin replaces WordPress search with a relevance-sorting search.
  • Reveal IDs — Reveals hidden IDs in Admin interface that have been removed with WordPress 2.5 (formerly known as Entry IDs in Manage Posts/Pages View for WP 2.5)
  • W3 Total Cache – This plugin speeds up your site because it caches your site, successfully making your site load faster.

Additionally we use The Simplest and Fastest Software Documentation Tool Available – ScreenSteps from Blue Mango Learning Systems and Clarify-it to create our user “how to” end user documentation.