Q&A with StudioPress Founder Brian Gardner
Tonight I had the opportunity to attend the Wordpress Naperville Meetup in the Rev3 Innovation Center at the Northern Illinois University Naperville Campus. The guest speaker, Brian Gardner, held a Q&A about design.
Also creator of the No Sidebar Movement...
What is the No Sidebar Movement?
No sidebar means to be intentional with your website. Often times people develop a Monkey See, Monkey Do Mentality and end up with too much junk. ie: Google Adsense, often times alienates your viewers and your lucky if you make $1.25 in a week depending on your traffic.
- Declutter your website/blog and focus on your goal.
What do you want people to do once they arrive? Focus their attention on that.
thoughts on Comments...
- Newer bloggers may want to leave comments 'on' to grow user engagement.
- Turn off comments for tutorial posts and leave information on how they can contact you if they have any questions. This makes things less confusing for everyone.
- Facebook vs. WordPress comments... He has always just used WordPress comments but in some instances can see where FB Comments would be useful. (Probably should have asked a follow up question)
How to learn to code on your own?
- Google is your best friend. Master the art of copy and paste.
What is the biggest problem when designing for responsive design?
- The use of hovering elements like nested menus.
Where do you go for design inspiration?
- Dribbble.com - see his shots.
Popular StudioPress WordPress Themes and favorites?
Ambiance Pro ( view demo )
Foodie ( view demo )
Lifestyler ( view demo ) *most popular
Remobile Pro ( view demo )
Whitespace ( view demo )
Screenshots of the StudioPress themes were taken on StudioPress.com but for some reason Photoshop altered the HD quality of them when I resized. #sorrynotsorry
Go see the demos ^_^
Please note that answers were translated from my notes and are not word for word. I often write things down so they will be meaningful to me to make sense of later. I hope you found value here. I enjoyed meeting Brian Gardner, he was very willing to answer questions and awesome enough to take a selfie with me!