Texas Tech Today got Showcased

This is really cool! Our WordPress site for Texas Tech daily news, Texas Tech Today, was featured in the WordPress.org Showcase. Go check it out 🙂

It was even covered in part of a presentation which was mentioned over at WPCandy.

I am thrilled at the attention this has been getting. It Just shows that WordPress has the ability to be a full-fledged CMS if you know what to do (programming plugins to fit your needs and making custom templates) and have a vision for your site. See, it was fairly easy for me to come up with a solution for our office. I knew we needed a much better way of publishing stories, feature stories, news releases, clips, and videos. So I set out to design a theme that would display all of these elegantly and provided all the social media and user tools on each individual page.

Once I had a clear vision (in a Photoshop mockup), I started making my plugins and template/css to do what I already had in my head.  I hadn’t been exposed to WordPress programming very much at all prior to this project, but the codex helped tremendously and any answer I was looking for was easy to find.

If anyone has any questions, leave a comment or contact me.

2 Comments, RSS

  1. Douglas March 8, 2009 @ 7:07 pm

    Ryan,

    Yes, the site is definitely in Showcase and is in my slidedeck for my “Showcasing the Showcase” presentation I do. It is a great example of a WordPress site used for a unique purpose. Thanks for using WordPress!

    Douglas

  2. Ryan March 8, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

    Hey Douglas,
    Thanks for the comment, and thanks for the work you do with the Showcase. I think it’s a great resource for those who want some inspiration and an idea of what WordPress is capable of.
    Keep up the great work.

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