Good Things Come In Three: Expanding Our Web Design Tool Belt

Published: October 11, 2019

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This past month has been a time of learning some pretty cool new things for us. And as you may recall, we are no strangers to lifelong learning. What are we digging in to this time?  New ideas in web design.

Did you know we did web design? Well, we do. We’ve made our own website, a slew of client websites, and some pretty helpful nonprofit sites.  We love launching a beautiful new website almost as much as we enjoy a good cup of coffee around here. And we like that A GREAT DEAL.

When designing, for those of you who are curious, we use WordPress and a theme called Pro. It allows a huge amount of flexibility in design, both functionally and artistically.  Basically, if you can dream it up, you can build it.  With their newest update (to version 3), that’s even more true, and we couldn’t be more excited!

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But Why Does This Update Deserve Fanfare?

We’re glad you asked.

With the newest update to the Pro theme, they’ve fully integrated the layout module Flexbox. This is not to say the theme did not use Flexbox previously, it just means that the amazing Pro developers have pumped Flexbox capability into every nook and cranny of their site builder, requiring much less custom coding. No, no. Don’t leave yet.  I won’t get any more technical than that.  I promise.  In simple terms, it just finally lets us do what we want, much more easily and simply, with elements of web design like text and buttons and pictures.

The simplest coding mistake, such as forgetting a “.” somewhere, will muck everything up. Now that we don’t have to do as much custom coding, we have greater control over what goes where and how we can make your website dreams become digital reality.  And we can do it much faster. We also have less gnashing of teeth and tearing out of hair over why that button won’t sit at the bottom of the box it’s in instead of floating somewhere strange.

Sometimes it’s the little things that make us the happiest.

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Passing Our Joy Along to You

We’re telling you this for two reasons:

  1. We’re obviously super excited about this.
  2. It’s gonna make your website awesome.

Seriously.  It’s amazing.  We’re ready to get cooking on some newfangled designs that simply weren’t possible before this came along—well, at least not without hundreds of hours of coding classes and a little help from Google. But now these lofty coding goals have been made available to us with the click of a few buttons.

The best part of all of this is that you’re going to see the benefit in the designs we create from here on out. It feels as if a lot of the limitations that kept sites from being just exactly how we pictured them in our collective, creative minds are now a thing of the past.

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What’s Next?

There are more exciting things on the horizon, as well, as the Pro theme genies roll out the grid element, which has been blowing our minds away with all the things it will allow.  We’re only in the beta stages right now, so we’re all still learning the ins and outs (including the developers), but we’re thrilled to get our hands dirty making some really cool stuff.

We probably don’t have to tell you that it feels like Christmas morning in the web corner of the office, and we’re just beginning to figure out what all these cool new toys do.  Hopefully, though, we’ll be proficient builders before too long, turning this pile of building blocks into awesome creations with the enthusiasm of a ten-year-old kid surrounded by a pile of Lego bricks.  We look forward to adding them to our already existing pile of tools to continue delivering responsive, coherent, and beautiful web designs for all of our favorite people.

(psst…that’s you!)