Jim Hamacher, Executive Director of Middle District Baptist Association (MDBA), wanted to resurrect his blog. He had one at one time but wasn’t happy with the layout/theme. At first, Jim selected the Absolute theme from Zig Zag Press but when we discovered that the home page couldn’t display a sidebar without significant customized programming we decided to scrap that idea. I decided that the best thing for Jim was a custom theme built from the ground up on the Genesis Framework. I used Dynamik Website Builder from CobaltApps. Using Absolute as initial inspiration, I built a theme that works for Jim and one which we hopefully his readers will find friendly and easy-to-use.
We have a widgetized home page with a top featured post, followed by two more recent posts then finally three more recent posts. In the home page sidebar we feature a short bio of Jim, covers of the books he is currently reading with links to Amazon as well as a signup form for both his updates and the newsletter from MDBA. The site header uses the Christopher Hand font so we made it into an image rather than loading another font into the site for performance. A smaller version of the “logo” was also included in the signup box.
Besides the standard installation and configuration of WordPress, the Genesis Framework and a child theme, I also published about a dozen of his articles and performed SEO using Yoast SEO.
You can check out Jim’s blog Living These Days here: http://jimhamacher.com