01.17.2012   |   238comment

Leavitt PartnersLeavitt Partners, in collaboration with Codella Marketing, came to us wanting a fresh start on their out dated corporate site, blog and newsroom. After planning the sites with Mark, Luke worked with Leavitt Partners to solidify the design.

After the design, Tim coded each site. The main corporate site, leavittpartners.com, is built using WordPress and features three Custom Post Types: the slideshow on the homepage, the homepage content and the Team page.

The main Team page is broken up into staff levels but each worker is entered into the system the same way. A checkbox is used to differentiate their level. Also, another checkbox is used to flag if the worker is part of one of the several different sub-teams in the Leavitt Partners corporation. The individual team page highlights the workers accomplishments and also calls in their author RSS feed from the blog as well as any news highlights. continue reading Recent Work: Leavitt Partners”

Master Sensei,on the topic of  Design, Fun, News
12.22.2011   |   8comment

As all of you know we are big fans of ninjas here at the Code Dojo. A while back we stumbled upon the work of John Lytle Wilson. He seems to be a huge fan of robots as we are of ninjas. He has taken many traditional paintings and strategically placed robots and/or monkeys in them. Brilliant! A few days after viewing his work we talked about a holiday post to wish all of our readers Happy Holidays. I couldn’t help but think of a winter painting touched up with some huge red robots. So here you all are. We wish you all the best this holiday season.

Happy Holidays from Code Greene

Tim,on the topic of  Magento, News, Portfolio, Web Development
10.31.2011   |   0comment

Pan Am Category Landing PageMost of the sites we work on are already existing and we spice them up and make them more modern. However, every now and then we get to build a site from the ground up such as one of our newest projects, Pan Am.

It’s not everyday we get to work for a high-profile client such as Pan Am, but Keathley Ad, who did the design, came to us and wanted to test our Magento skills and we were up to the challenge.

continue reading Recent Work: Pan Am”

02.19.2010   |   1comment

This weeks edition features an article about customizing WordPress for beginners, designers who can’t code their own designs and the best way to handle content management systems for sites that matter.

Chad, The Beginner’s Guide to Tricking Out Your WordPress Blogtrickingoutwordpress
I liked this post/entry about WP because it was built and geared for the beginner. Once you installed it now what. I find these type of articles interesting because sometimes they are just so simple that I don’t even think of them. And it helps me to explain or think of other things that I feel our clients may want or need.

Mike, Web Designer’s Who Can’t Codedesignerswhocantcode
Twitter exploded in a debate this week when Elliot Jay Stocks boldly tweeted:

“Honestly, I’m shocked that in 2010 I’m still coming across ‘web designers’ who can’t code their own designs. No excuse.”

The world is full of talented designers trained in a wide array of media, but just like other mediums, the web offers its own constraints and limitations. Knowing how to code definitely gives you an edge, even if you don’t code the site yourself. Image resolution, measurements, typography, and browser discrepancies all play a role in what is possible, and help determine the collective best practices of the web. So does a good architect need to know how to dry wall? Maybe not. What about a fundamental understanding of construction and engineering? Absolutely. How much does a good web designer need to know about their craft in order to build a successful website? What do you think?

Mac, Content Management for Sites that Mattercontentmanagementforsitesthatmatter
I liked this article because it gets right at the core of the cost/benefit trade-off that many people don’t think enough about when building their web site. Either there’s a significant value to the work you’re doing on your site, which justifies spending some money on it and getting it done right, or there isn’t a significant value to your site, so why bother? I don’t 100% agree with them about the WYSIWIG comments, but I’ve never tried to tell a client to assume it would look identical in TinyMCE and on the public site. We’ve generally had to train them to be very careful to keep it simple. Use bold if you want, make some lists, paragraphs, links, and stuff like that, but don’t try and do anything funky or you’ll end up disappointed. Another annoying thing about TinyMCE is that even when you tweak the HTML manually in their HTML view, it often wants to “automatically fix” some of the things you did. I was trying to leave a <br /> or two between a couple of separate lists if I remember right, and it kept either taking it completely out, or turning into a paragraph, constantly leaving too much or too little whitespace, even though the HTML I manually entered would display exactly how I intended.

12.15.2009   |   2comment

Swakker is a company that makes iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad apps. They wanted a site to show off what they do best and give a place for their users to easily communicate with them. They came to us with a short timeline because they wanted to get the site up quickly because they had already ordered an ad in Rolling Stone. We quickly got into gear and were able to give them a nice WordPress theme that they could easily edit.

On the homepage, we built a gallery of images with thumbnails. When a thumbnail is clicked, the large image appears. We also built a quick overview section to show off the latest apps. In this section, the user can easily find out information about the new apps without leaving the homepage. A custom sidebar with custom widgets can be found throughout the site.

The apps page is a fully custom page built dynamically with custom fields and normal WordPress posts. The client can enter in the thumbnail, content, video url, features and a url for the link to iTunes. The news page functions like a typically WordPress blog, giving Swakker the chance to update their followers. The gear page is built using pages and children pages to help Swakker build their brand by selling clothes online through PayPal.

Last but not least, the gallery page is built to show off what users have made using Swakker apps. A nice place to get a daily dose of creative inspiration.

Check them out on the web or in iTunes.

Swakker LLC Homepage



09.29.2009   |   0comment

We partnered with Omelet to create the new site for Easton Baseball & Softball. Omelet did the design and we built the site. Easton wanted a WordPress site, so that is what we gave them. This theme is extremely custom but at the same time it is really easy to use when adding new products or pages.

Easton Baseball

Easton Softball

09.25.2009   |   0comment

Steel Encounters came to us wanting to be able to manage their photo galleries in an easy way. Initially they were having an employee upload the images and then write code to insert them into galleries. We suggested they use WordPress with a custom theme to get their site to function they way they wanted and make it easy to do so. All the galleries on this site are managed through the default WordPress gallery function.

Visit Site

Screenshot of Steel Encounters

Master Sensei,on the topic of  Fun, Linux, News
09.16.2009   |   1comment

UTOSC 2009 Speaker

I’m getting excited for the upcoming Utah Open Source Conference 2009, Thursday October 8 through Saturday October 10. It’s hard to believe another year has gone by already. There are a ton of great speakers and events that I anxiously await. Not to make light of the conference presentations, some of my favorite parts are the social events, like the Boardgame Bash at the end of the conference. For a bunch of geeks, we seem to be a pretty fun crowd, I think. I also love that the UTOS folks take family seriously, and have family events on Saturday that are fun for the wife, kids, and other non-geek family members. There’s a healthy focus on bringing new people, and less technical people, into the Open Source fold, which I think is great.

This year, as soon as submission of abstracts opened, I tossed in a presentation for the first idea that came to mind, which happened to be about one of my favorite open source platforms, FreeBSD. Lo and behold, after the voting and committee meetings were over, I was one left standing, so now I’ll be presenting “Why FreeBSD is the Best Linux Distro*” at the conference. Of course, when I decided to run the risk of making a joke in a room full of highly technical purists, I knew I better use the asterisk and let them in on the joke: “* Yes, FreeBSD isn’t really a Linux Distro. It’s a different Operating System that has emulation for and binary compatibility with Linux and can run almost all the same programs.” Even though it isn’t really a Linux distribution, for me it serves the same purpose and I think it does a better job than the various Linux distributions I’ve experienced.

Anyway, early-bird discounts end on Saturday the 19th, and there are some 50% off coupon codes drifting around if you’re interested. There are codes you can get from speakers, any local Linux User Group (LUG), or other groups like UPHPU.

Master Sensei,on the topic of  News, Portfolio
04.16.2009   |   1comment

Bryan Richards is a talented musician who has until recently, been keeping his talents to himself. He came to us with the goal of making his music available to the public, much of it for free! He even has plans to publish sheet music in .pdf format so others can enjoy playing it as well. We worked with him to put his ideas into motion, and www.bryanrichardsmusic.com is the result. It is built using php, xhtml, css, jQuery, and integrates with Nimbit, a service for publishing music on the web.

Bryan’s music ranges from classical Chopin covers, to smooth new age Jazz, to LDS, to instrumental, and everything in between. Check out his site and give him some props for sharing his music with the world.