Responsive Website | SmallBiz Theme
Written by: Eileen Lonergan
A while back my friend Thomas, developer of the SmallBiz theme for WordPress told me that he was building a responsive theme. Because I love to be on trend I could not wait to get started with the theme and build a site, which I did for the Cherry Building in historic downtown New Bedford, MA.
The homepage has lots of flexibility for layouts, as it is all based on widgets. I had some really beautiful images (thank you to my photographer mother), so I really wanted to use those in a rotating slide show. I love using large rotating slides and back in the day I would have to login via FTP and modify the theme files if I wanted a slideshow this large. With the new responsive theme I don’t have to do any FTP work (which I know was daunting to some of you out there).
The widget dashboard has some super easy to use options:
- An Appointment Request Widget (this is great because it doesn’t actually schedule, so you don’t have to connect your site to a scheduling service).
- Image Widget (in case you don’t want to write a string of code)
- Slideshow Widget (love)
- Visual Editor Text Widget (again, non coders, this is so great!!)
- Email Opt in Form
- YouTube Widget
- Blog Style Widget
It is all very simple to use and you just drag and drop widgets to suit your design.
Using the responsive theme also saved on time because I didn’t need to create a separate mobile theme. My content is automatically transposed into a format that is appropriate for the iPad and a smart phone. I have loads of tutorials on the SmallBiz theme on my blog, but if you need some help, or have any questions, please feel free to send me a note.