Last week I had to put together a site in a few hours that would contain videos, mp3 files and a simple contact form. Considering the lack of time I decided toÃ‚ useÃ‚ WordPress to put this site together.
Step One was to pick a theme that I can quickly make it look distinct without spending much time. I found the Options theme by Justin Tadlock was perfect for the job. I have not studied the documentation and not even using most of the options available but it was a good choice since it fit the project.
Step Two was to add some static pages. One was a location page where I wanted to use Google Maps Plugin for WordPress I mentioned here before. Unfortunately it only displayed the map as a gray rectangle. Figuring that it was due to style sheet issues and not having time to go through it, I opted to use the iframe embed of the Google Map which worked perfectly.
I also wanted to have some documents available on this site. I like scribd and the ipaper format so I went ahead and got the WP IPaper Plugin. It did not work at first. Since I really wanted to have the IPaper version of documents on this site, I decided to spend a little more time to troubleshoot which led me to discover that the plugin works only if you do not put the access key in quotes. Cool!
It is time for the videos and I realize what a hassle to embed videos in WordPress… Well, after a quick search online I came across FLV-Embed Plugin. SinceÃ‚ I already had FLV copies of videos available this plugin was a perfect choice.
To have the mp3 files embedded, the clear choice was Audio Player WordPress Plugin.
When it came to deciding on the contact form, I quickly scanned and tried a few plugins promising to accomplish this task effortlessly. Finally I decided to use cforms II. It is easy to understand, install, use and customize. It does the job!
In less than three hours Swift299Gas.com was up and running thanks to WordPress and all these theme and plugin authors who make them available.