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Customizable Templates

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

GreenThumbWebsites offers WordPress templates for individual and small business enterprises. A template, or a site’s style, is the visual representation and formatting of  the essential information you desire to advertise. Normally broken up between pages, the site’s style repeats over all the pages found in the main menu bar or sidebar, producing an uniform design and friendly user experience.

The templates offered by GreenThumbWebsites range in styles and formats, from one, two, or three columnar layouts that are easily customizable for your needs. You can incorporate their business logo into the header or footer, change the color palette of the background and text, and font style (bold, italics, underline) and size. Our default templates also allow the manipulation of layout, if you need a two columnar layout where our template offers three we can make the appropriate adjustments. But the most beneficial aspect of GreenThumbWebsite’s templates are their built-in capability to use all the widgets and nearly 12,000 plugins which WordPress is infamous.

Take a look at our gallery of customizable templates:

Personalizing your Homepage

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

The homepage is one of the most important aspects of any good website or blog. It is the first impression a visitor receives after entering the website’s URL into the address bar or  a search engine like Google. Designing an attractive and user friendly interface for a business or individual therefore is paramount to project an image of yourself and services. GreenThumbWebsites realizes the importance of good design by adhering to web standards (HTML 5) while attending to the user design experience.

All GreenThumbWebsites’ designs come with a standard homepage called “Home” located in the upper menu bar. This pages contains an opening text introducing the visitor to the site, and prompting them to take a look at the other pages’ contents. You can add internal or external links, contact information, or content in the sidebar that will guide your visitor to specific information about your services. Leaving the homepage a visitor perusing your website can return by simply clicking the menu link or on the site main title. The homepage is not only an opportunity to promote yourself, but the impression your visitors will take of your operation…so use it to your advantage!

Your website as a point of Contact

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

With over 266,000 users in North America alone on the internet a website is an essential features for any business or professional. Whether it be a local or global scope the web has become what yellow pages was two decades ago, a medium for contact. Unlike the print medium, a contact page provides more than the information for clients to contact you, but a means for them to provide feedback about your services and place for commentary.

In conjunction with your email address and/or business phone number a contact page can provide a “contact form”. These forms may be tailored to individual requests as to what fields one requires but general contain a “Name”, “Message”, and means to contact the individual in return. Below is a typical form GreenThumbWebsites provides for your website:

Contact Us

Each page of your WordPress website has the capability for questions and comments. Contact information is not inclusively restricted to a contact page but can be posted at the footer of the website or in a sidebar where it is more readily visible.

Incorporating Images into your Website

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Incorporating images into your website is a way to promote your business or an individual. Many websites include images of their business location, profiles of individuals, or works of art that give visual representation to textual explanation of your practice or credentials.  GreenThumbWebsites offers a number of options when it comes to displaying images, be it photography, drawing, painting or other artwork. In conjunction with the WordPress platform you can include a static image (one that does not change or rotate) or dynamic images (one that rotates through the use of flash or another player) through our use of plugins and widget. Here are a few or the hundreds of options available to add images to any page or press post:

Plugins and Widgets

Galleries

  • NextGEN Gallery: A fully integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a slideshow option. Create albums for your images and display them as gallery sets or rotating images
  • Gallery Widget: A widget that shows the latest/random images of the WordPress media library

Flickr

  • Flickrpress: A widget/shortcode function to display items from Flickr in the sidebar or within pages and posts
  • Widget Flickr Gallery: A widget that displays your latest or favories Flickr photos
  • Flickr Photo Album: A plugin that allows you to pull in your Flickr photosets and display them as albums on your site

Google Picasa

  • Picasa Widget: This widget allows you to show pictures from your Google Picasa account in your site’s sidebar
  • WP-Picasa: This plugin enables the display of picasa albums/gallery on posts or pages
  • Picasa for WordPress: A plugin that will let you add slideshow widget(s) of Picasa albums from the given RSS

Applications

Simpleviewer

A customizable image viewing application that allows you to create albums and galleries for your images. Lightweight and easy to use, it features smart preloading, a resizable interface, thumbnail menu and optional description text. View the demo:

Autoviewer-Pro

A customizable Flash image gallery. AutoViewer is designed to display a linear sequence of images and captions. View the demo: