I'm John Gilbert

I am a creative that has focused on digital for the last 15 years. I started when Macromedia was new and Visual Basic 4 was hot. I taught myself the ropes, studied Computer Science in college (dropped out) and ended up getting a degree in design. Luckily, the internet came along, and my passion for the web was born. I have been combineing my interests in design and technology since day one of my career and I don't intend to do anything different in the future.

15 years

I've spent the last 15 years working with this small bunch. There is a lot more but you get the idea... AAA, Agilent, AT&T,Audi, Best Buy, Chilis, Chipotle, Chiquita, Duracell, E*Trade, Epson, Finish Line, Gatorade, Grey Advertising, GSDM Advertising, Hallmark, Hewlett Packard, Jamba Juice, Jack Links Beef Jerky, Jim Beam, McDonalds, Motorola, Molson Coors, Naked Juice, Nickelodeon, Noodles and Company, Pentax, Publicis & Hal Riney, Quiznos, Qwest, Red Robin, Sports Illustrated, US Cellular, Vail Resorts, Vox Vodka, and Walmart

Some Awards: 2008 Effie, Webbiea, 8 FWA’s, 3 Adobe Site of the Day, Awwwards’s, Denver 50, W3 Best of show, Create Magazine - Creative of the year Awards, IAC Gold and Best of Show, Horizon Interactive Awards and more...

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Friday, May 22nd, 2009

WordPress Tricks

I have received a couple emails about how I built portions of this site with wordpress so I’ve decided to put together a quick post with some of the things I’ve learned over the past couple sites I’ve built.
1. What theme should I use?
There are two ways to go about this question and it depends largely on your comfort level with PHP and CSS. If you feel like you can layout your own css and manipulate the PHP I would start with a blank template. It’s easier to set up the CSS, easier to change the PHP if you need. Start by checking out http://wpframework.com. They have a pretty little set up running.
2. How do you create multiple single pages?
It’s actually really simple. In your current single.php page delete everything and turn it into an “if” statement (other logical ways exist but you get the idea). All you’d need to do is the following to have two different single pages for your theme. In this code I have separated them based on the different category of content.
<?php
$post = $wp_query->post;
if ( in_category(’23’) ) {
include (TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/single_folioPersonal.php’);
} elseif ( in_category(’22’) ) {
include (TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/single_folio.php’);
}
?>
3. What Plugins are you using?
A bunch actually. Here is a partial list
– All in one SEO Pack
– del.icio.us for WordPress
– Disqus
– Title Capitalization
– Akismet
– Regenerate Thumbnails
– Twitter Tools
Thats a start for now. I’ll update this post as I continue to change things and have more time to talk about how I setup the templates. Hope this helps.

I have received a couple emails about how I built portions of this site with wordpress so I’ve decided to put together a quick post with some of the things I’ve learned over the past couple sites I’ve built.

1. What theme should I use?

There are two ways to go about this question and it depends largely on your comfort level with PHP and CSS. If you feel like you can layout your own css and manipulate the PHP I would start with a blank template. It’s easier to set up the CSS, easier to change the PHP if you need. Start by checking out http://wpframework.com. They have a pretty little set up running.

2. How do you create multiple single pages?

It’s actually really simple. In your current single.php page delete everything and turn it into an “if” statement (other logical ways exist but you get the idea). All you’d need to do is the following to have two different single pages for your theme. In this code I have separated them based on the different category of content.

<?php
$post = $wp_query->post;
if ( in_category('23') ) {
include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/single_folioPersonal.php');
} elseif ( in_category('22') ) {
include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/single_folio.php');
}
?>

3. What Plugins are you using?

A bunch actually. Here is a partial list

– All in one SEO Pack

– del.icio.us for WordPress

– Disqus

– Title Capitalization

– Akismet

– Regenerate Thumbnails

– Twitter Tools

Thats a start for now. I’ll update this post as I continue to change things and have more time to talk about how I setup the templates. Hope this helps.

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