Most wedding-related websites follow a standard cookie-cutter layout, but the portfolio site of wedding photographer Chris Seddon (opens in new tab) is something a bit different.
To make his stunning photography stand out amongst the competition, Katherine Cory (opens in new tab) has created an eye-popping effect that keeps the images on the page longer as you scroll than you'd expect. It's subtle but very effective.
To create the site, Cory had no doubt about which content management system to use. "Drupal 7 (opens in new tab) is my weapon of choice," she says. "I’ve been using Drupal since 2008 and once I overcame the learning curve, I fell in love with the system. The possibilities are almost infinite due to the flexibility of content types, views, theming, taxonomies and user roles."
Drupal has a very rich repository of plug-ins, as Cory explains: "Chris’s original website used WordPress (opens in new tab), so I used the Migrate module to ensure all content and comments were saved.
"I used Views to query and display information in a series of blocks and pages, which I themed and manipulated to use plug-ins like FlexSlider and Stellar.js. One of the most useful plug-ins was TVI (Taxonomy Views Integrator) which enabled multiple view pages for taxonomy terms and vocabularies".
Cory is frank about Drupal’s weaknesses and says: "I’ll be the first to admit Drupal has a steep learning curve, but I do think it’s an overlooked option as a cost-effective, open source CMS with a large, supportive and active community."
This showcase was originally published in .net magazine (opens in new tab) issue 235.
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