Again worked with my designer friend Devin this time on his personal portfolio site. Crafted his flat into a WordPress theme built on my personal theme framework that was usable, cross browser compliant, and search engine optimized. Also adapted the framework to support two standalone pages based upon his design – the home page and contact page.
Things I learned: Although WordPress allows you – via naming convention – to support an alternative homepage easily I was not able to find, via search, an easy way to do other pages while including elements from “the loop” – which enables you to include variables (in case copy or other elements like navigation change the end user won’t have to update these manually – they’ll just work). I was finally able to find a site that laid a very basic framework of how to do this and adapted that to add to the theme the standalone contact page that could be edited via the Appearance editor in the admin section of WordPress. I unfortunately was not able to figure out how to get it to accept the url phrasing I wanted – so the url for this particular page is not ideal. I realize this can be done via server redirects, etc, but ideally it would be nice to simply have it work right out of the box.