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Trews of the World – Custom WordPress Theme

Trews of the World – Custom WordPress Theme

The News of the World was a newspaper that died in 2011 after revelations about the extent of the illegal practices the paper was guilty of emerged.

Back in 2011, I had the idea to capitalise on the News of the World’s demise by creating a satirical parody. The only problem was, I didn’t know how to create a website and was busy pursuing a career in marketing at the time.

Now that I do know how to build a website, what better project to create as a demonstration of my abilities than the idea that set me on the road to becoming a web developer?

The News of the World was a newspaper that died in 2011 after revelations about the extent of the illegal practices the paper was guilty of emerged.

Back in 2011, I had the idea to capitalise on the News of the World’s demise by creating a satirical parody. The only problem was, I didn’t know how to create a website and was busy pursuing a career in marketing at the time.

Now that I do know how to build a website, what better project to create as a demonstration of my abilities than the idea that set me on the road to becoming a web developer?

This is the web archive’s screen capture of the News of the World’s website the day before it was closed down for good.

It’s kind of ugly, but in fairness it was 2011 and you can’t really have both whitespace and four large adverts above the scroll.

So this obviously wasn’t a design challenge. I haven’t attempted to style my version to be a clone of the News of the World’s site from 2011, neither have I given it much thought about how I will adapt it to be its own site.

This project is about demonstrating my ability to build a custom WordPress theme from scratch. There are numerous custom loops used to build the homepage, as well as code to avoid duplicate content in the main news section of the homepage – though stories do appear again in the sidebar and footer. The most difficult challenges were implementing a mega menu with a custom walker and using the widgets API to put a post loop into a sidebar widget.

This is the web archive’s screen capture of the News of the World’s website the day before it was closed down for good.

It’s kind of ugly, but in fairness it was 2011 and you can’t really have both whitespace and four large adverts above the scroll.

So this obviously wasn’t a design challenge. I haven’t attempted to style my version to be a clone of the News of the World’s site from 2011, neither have I given it much thought about how I will adapt it to be its own site.

This project is about demonstrating my ability to build a custom WordPress theme from scratch. There are numerous custom loops used to build the homepage, as well as code to avoid duplicate content in the main news section of the homepage – though stories do appear again in the sidebar and footer. The most difficult challenges were implementing a mega menu with a custom walker and using the widgets API to put a post loop into a sidebar widget.

To the right is my version of the site. In some ways I think it’s an improvement because it’s a bit less cluttered.

The layout was done using SASS and flexbox mostly, though I did implement Bootstrap for the mega menu and also used it for the footer.

But as this was a coding challenge rather than a design challenge, you’re probably more concerned with the code, which you can access on the Github page.

You can see the full live site here.

To the right is my version of the site. In some ways I think it’s an improvement because it’s a bit less cluttered.

The layout was done using SASS and flexbox mostly, though I did implement Bootstrap for the mega menu and also used it for the footer.

But as this was a coding challenge rather than a design challenge, you’re probably more concerned with the code, which you can access on the Github page.

You can see the full live site here.

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