Golf Road Warriors Palm Springs

Role: Designer, WordPress Developer, Maintenance
When: February 2012
Tools Used: XHTML/CSS, PHP, WordPress

What: Golf Road Warriors is a website devoted to the adventures of four golf writers as they travel to Palm Springs for a one-week trip.

I was responsible for taking the previous look and feel of the site and creating a WordPress theme that resembled it as closely as possible in two and a half weeks. This was a much stricter timeline than the previous Golf Road Warriors site, but most of the structure was set up. I was also responsible for all of the graphics on the site, with some great images from the Greater Palm Springs CVA.

This was one of the first WordPress builds where I heavily relied on Categories, seen in the Venus and Partners dropdowns.

I re-used my filter function from the previous trip and added in a “Day Slider” at the top of the home page and day pages. This was one of the first times I really worked to get the_post_thumbnail to work to my advantage, as can be seen by the large images on the home page and for articles of the day.

Videos were brought in with JWplayer or YouTube embed code.

The trip ends today, but it’s looking as though this design will be re-used on future trips.

To view the full site click here.

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John Hartley is a Director of Product Engineering at Beam Dental in Columbus, OH. With 5+ years of leadership experience he has worked in startups, agencies, and began his career as a freelance Front End Developer. Always looking to iterate, this blog is a place for him to share his knowledge as well as hone his craft, challenge assumptions, and build a strong base of leadership and management knowledge. Connect with him on LinkedIn

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