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    I just finished my first WordPress site for our Preschool & Kindergarten.
    Wanted to share with the community…hear your thoughts.

    Here is the site: [](”)

    It was done using the methods shown by Chris’ Lodge redesign instructional videos.

    **My development environment:**
    * MacBook Pro Retina
    * CodeKit + Compass + SCSS
    * MAMP
    * Transmit to push the files (no beanstalk)

    **Wordpress Plugins**
    * Advanced Custom Fields
    * Advanced Custom Fields: Repeater Field
    * Akismet
    * Art Direction
    * Clean Notifications
    * Email Login
    * Groups
    * Jetpack by
    * St. Matthew’s School Custom Plugin
    * The Events Calendar
    * Ultimate Coming Soon Page (before site was launched)
    * W3 Total Cache
    * WordPress SEO
    * WP Clean Up
    * Wysija Newsletters

    Thank you (to everyone) for posting and sharing on this site. I deeply believe this site is one of the best learning tools around.

    All the best,

    John Lueders


    @deeve007 Thanks for replying. I tried to be mindful of my plugins…the Ultimate Coming Soon one is no longer needed, so that is -1 from the list. Almost all are key. (Art Direction isn’t used, but I know is popular). The WP Clean Up plugin is one of my favorites because it cleans up the database real nice.

    Thank you for your thoughts. Concerning adding more green, I will see what I can do. The church’s ‘primary’ colors are red and blue so I did feature them more. The site will be told to the moms and dads soon, so I still have time to tweak. The calendar title I believe will come to life after some events are entered. The calendar is by Modern Tribe and they just released their v 3.0 and it is really cool. The post and the events both get ‘filtered’ by the logged in user via the ‘Groups’ plugin. So if you are a parent in a 3-YR class then you only see what is applicable to your classroom. The Events Calendar played perfectly nice with the ‘Groups’ plugin.’s calendar did not. Thanks again for writing.


    I think this website is a success! :) awesome!

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