Despite some earlier ideas about learning something about CSS and WordPress site coding, I’ve decided to avoid my usual propensity to dabble in everything I find potentially useful and interesting. Instead, I’ll purchase an off-the-shelf theme that allows adjustments to design elements through the WordPress admin panel.
The first requirement for using bespoke custom themes is to have a WordPress.org installation, which also requires a hosting service. Throughout my OCA journey, I’ve used WordPress.org sites hosted through my own account with Siteground.com. I don’t need a separate domain name for what is essential a non-public site; I’ve just set up a subdomain under my main site, syp.fitzgibbonphotography.com.
A Google search identifies a myriad of suppliers offering photography themes. Overwhelming. I browsed through these and looked for any recent developments that might improve on the Photocrati theme I bought a few years ago for a one-time payment. I’ve not made much use of this theme during my OCA work and with the introduction of Adobe Portfolio as an effective solution for microsites. However, Portfolio’s gallery/slide/lightbox functionality is currently disappointingly limited. Photocrati, by Imagely, comes with the Nextgen Gallery LR plugin, which allows for many different display types and the flexibility to adjust them. Also, subsequent to my original purchase, there is a LR plugin that provides a publish service to the WordPress site.
While I saw many attractively designed themes, there seemed to be few that offered the flexibility extensively adjust the look of the website and the gallery displays. Importantly, the time saving of LR integration seems rarely available. And my initially testing of the Nextgen plugin was very positive – more on that elsewhere.
In conclusion, I will resurrect the Photocrati theme I’ve already paid for.