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“Hero: The Musical” website

July 30, 2012

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Hero website, home page
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In case you’ve been missing me, I’ve been posting twice a week at the blog for Hero: The Musical, now playing at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Working on Hero is a project that has occupied a lot of my attention: it included creating an illustrated poster; designing, coding, and maintaining a website; creating illustrations of the web and transit ads; attending rehearsals and sketching what was happening; and creating a 20-page full-color comic book. So yeah, a lot of work, but a very rewarding experience. This week I’ll be sharing a lot of my Hero work here on the blog; much of it can be seen on the Hero website already, but here I’m also going to give you a more technical insight into the how’s and why’s of everything.

As for the website itself, the Hero site gave me a chance to explore a little more in the world of WordPress. The site is built using WordPress, which is pretty easy in and of itself (this blog runs on WordPress as well). The real fun came in working with more than one post type. Most site have one blog, and that’s all fine and good. But for maximum versatility, some times you need more. So, using a plug-in called Custom Post Type UI (which was much easier than coding it myself), I introduced a new kind of post of the reviews section. This way, I could have the versatility and excerpt-ability of a regular blog post with each review and keep them on their own page without mixing them into the Behind-The-Scenes blog section. In the current version of WordPress, these custom post types don’t have all the same functionality as traditional post types— getting a post to stick to the top of the page isn’t really an option unfortunately—but the ability to basically have more than one blog on a site is great.

Hero website, Behind-The-Scenes blog
The Hero website Behind-The-Scenes blog
Hero website, reviews page
The Hero website Reviews “blog”

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