Mar 2018 - Jun 2018
  • Create an easily editable WordPress theme with ACF
  • Create an effective landing page that entices users to sign up for content

Project Overview

For this project, I was contracted in to create a theme based off of a pre-created design. The requirements were to make it responsive across all resolutions, replicate the design accurately, and make sure it works smoothly across all browsers. We used Advanced Custom Fields(ACF) to allow the client to edit the content from the admin area. For the generic pages, we used a page-builder called Visual Composer.


The Landing Page

I had mobile and desktop designs to work from, so I went ahead and started the main component of this project, the home landing page. Like usual, I knocked out the page component by component, making sure it works on mobile and desktop resolutions before moving on. Once those are finished, it’s time to make sure it works across all browsers, including Internet Explorer 11.

Nav and Footer

For most projects, I do the nav and footer first and/or separately. Navs and footers for the most part are similar in design, but often require their own little tweaks. Once these parts are finished, the rest of the page designs come together easier.

The Other Components

Besides the blog pages, they also wanted a reusable hero section. This section was reused on current and future pages. With ACF, this part was pretty straightforward.

Element 74

Great work! We would definitely recommend Brandon to anyone looking for WordPress development.

Technologies Used


The starter WordPress theme was _s by Automattic. This gives you the bare-bones starter files to get up and running with custom theme creation. A must have for custom themes!


Advanced Custom Fields was used for the user-editable meta fields. Visual Composer page builder was used for generic website pages.

Build Process

The project was pretty simple, so I only needed Gulp, SCSS compilation, and CSS auto-prefixing.

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Demo 1
Defining Reusable Column Extends with SCSS

Quick Note: The atSmall type mixins are just basic media queries. Since these kinds of layouts are common, they also need to be overwritable if I want to change the spacing. Generally, the ‘default’ spacing is defined in the extend/mixins. Example Use Cases To get the layout working, you only need a container class and […]

Demo 2
Discord Bot: Reddit API Ask Feature

The Purpose Some Discord bots have a feature where you can “chat” with the bot(i.e: Cleverbot integrations). I decided to take a spin on this concept and utilize the Reddit API to answer common questions. A user from the server asks a question using the b!ask command, then the bot gives a random answer from […]

Demo 3
React.js Modal Using The Hooks API

Modals are a classic piece of application functionality, made even easier with libraries like React. You could go with a library, but you can often make your own with less than 100 lines of code. Using the hooks API, you don’t even need a class based approach. This example is going full functional! Defining The […]

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