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#1 Guest_Nick _*

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 01:29 PM

Hey,

I have spent about 9 hours on your website. It's refreshing, inspiring and the quality of information is arguably the best I have ever seen.

I'm sold on Wordpress as the CMS for a our new site. But I have some real challenges ahead as our product has a really large and expanding feature list and each feature needs it's own page containing a headline, video, a short description and a list of features of the feature (if you get my drift). We've been in business for over two years and there is a healthy search volume on every one of our feature keywords so we have to have a page for each feature.

The closest example of the site design and navigation we have in mind can be seen here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/american_football/default.stm

We need a similar nav on every page to the 'A-Z of sports' at the foot of the above page, as the 'top level' feature list needs to be in view on every 'feature page' so as the visitors can see all of the other system features. Notice also on the above page the side nav repeats the 'A to Z' of Sports â Im not sure we need this duplication. But the BBC seem to think necessary so I will test it.

Here are my questions:

1 . Would the Flexx theme be the best choice?

2. How do I easily create and maintain a widget such as the horizontal nav 'A to Z of sports'? Remember the feature list will be expanding on a weekly basis.

3. I'm really worried about losing the SEO on our PR6 site pages â how do I preserve this? Can you point me in the direction of a fail safe strategy/tutorial?

Im almost convinced an iThemes product would be the right choice and if I get the above questions answered, I'll buy,,,,

Thanks

Nick













Edited by Nick , 15 June 2010 - 04:19 PM.


#2 sridhar

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 11:54 PM

In my opinion, Builder is the best bet for your needs.

I shall pass this thread's URL to Ronald so he can add his inputs.

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 04:21 PM

Sridhar Katakam said:

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In my opinion, Builder is the best bet for your needs.

I shall pass this thread's URL to Ronald so he can add his inputs.




Hmmmm 24 hours have gone by and I have no response.....

Come on guys!

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#4 Ronald

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 05:31 AM

Hi,

re. 1 Flexx provides a number of predesigned layouts, you can see these in the theme demos. Builder allows you to design the entire layout, and the components yourself. If you see a Flexx layout that appeals to you, and you wish to use that as the basis for your site, it may be a good choice. If you want to add widgets, html modules, image modules etc wherever you want, Builder is what you need.

2. Regarding the specifics you wish to add to the design, it all depends on the complexity of what you wish to achieve, and the php, html, css and WordPress skills required to apply those.

Standard WordPress provides easy code snippets, template tages that will insert page navigation dynamically wherever you want. For example, <a  href="http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/wp_list_pages" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list_pages</a> will automatically include all pages in the navigation, so that's nothing to worry about.

However, there is no "button" or option in Builder (or Flexx) that will create a vertical navigation including the markup so that it looks like the navigation on the bbc site. You will have to use the style manager and css to create that yourself. So we are here on the forum to support with issues and bugs, and minor customisation tips, and point you in the right directions if we can (we're not creating or designing sites though).

on 3. I suggest you check out more specialised forums, such as perhaps the general general <a  href="http://wordpress.org/support/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WordPress support forum</a>, <a  href="http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sitepoint</a> <a  href="http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> forums</a> or <a  href="http://www.webmasterworld.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">webmasterworld</a>.

Builder features an SEO addon, currently in Beta, but it is tailored to optimise the SE for Builder specifically. For Flexx, most people tend to use other plugins, such as <a  href="http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">all in one SEO</a> and <a  href="http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/headspace2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Headspace2</a>, or <a  href="http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search.php?q=seo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">others</a>.

Hope this helps,

Ronald

Edited by Ronald, 16 June 2010 - 05:32 AM.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:28 AM

Hi there,

Many thanks for this. I'm still a little confused. I can live without
the vertical navigation panel but we have around 50 key feature pages to
incorporate in the site. I need to provide a link to each page from
each page in the site (the navigation) - the ideal solution is a
bulleted list arranged in 5 columns (the key feature list) in a single widget that is visible
on every page. I need to be able to control the order of the list. If it's possible to create this in Builder then I'm good to go.

As a side note the main nav below the header would focus purely on the
standard pages such as 'about us' etc.

If this is doable then I'll buy

Cheers

Nick

#6 sridhar

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:34 AM

Yes. It is possible to add a 5-widget widget bar module in your layout in Builder.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 05:01 AM

Ahh thanks,

But you just introduced a new snippet of knowledge here...

What exactly is a '5-widget widget bar module' and how would I implement it. This is quite important as it's the central navigation. Is it 5 widgets within a single widget'? I didnt know you could do this and I definitely dont know how.Is it like the on page horizontal navigation titled the 'A - Z of Sports' here?

<a  href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/american_football/default.stm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/american_football/default.stm</a>

Can you explain this and how to implement a '5-widget widget bar module'?

Please

Cheers and thanks again

Nick





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Posted 17 June 2010 - 07:54 AM

Hi Nick,

You can create widget modules containing anything from 1 to 5 widgets. Perhaps it's a good idea to watch this overview video on Builder (where the widgets module is also demonstrated), or check out the other resources available.

Ronald

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