Squirrelgard.com is a complete redesign of a WordPress site that was launched five years ago. The client has been selling a unique roofing product to customers via phone and fax orders. The original site lacked any e-commerce capability.
I’ve adapted the Utility Pro theme (aff link) by Carrie Dils as my new starter theme for projects. This site is the first one I’ve built using this new theme and runs on the Genesis Framework from StudioPress.com (aff link)
The Utility Pro developer version offered a nice starting point for building my own starter theme. A mobile first design that includes Sass and Grunt files along with built-in accessibility support, and is ready for translation, including RTL languages.
The e-commerce capability is powered by WooCommerce with a few add-on extensions. Transactions are processed via Stripe.
This site also includes three other plugins I recommend:
- Ninja Forms (aff link). Ninja Forms is my favorite contact form plugin for client sites. Easy to configure and is free for clients that don’t need any of the premium add-ons. And if you need add-ons, they’ve got a nice assortment of packages or you can purchase a la carte. (Sweet!)
- SuperSide Me (aff link) – A premium plugin by Robin Cornett that simplifies the management of the mobile menu. A perfect example of an adaptive vs responsive display by combining the menus so that visitors can easily find what they’re looking for from a mobile device.
- WP101 – Learn WordPress fast! (aff link) – I include this plugin on all client sites because it provides users with a handy set of comprehensive video tutorials on how to use WordPress. This reduces support and training time and also helps when clients need to onboard a new employee that will have access to the site.