May 6 2010

Graduation Debt – Custom WordPress Site Design

Custom Blog Design

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Reyna Gobel, from Graduation Debt, dropped by and talked to us about a custom designed theme for her WordPress powered blog. She’s using her blog to promote and talk about her articles, writings and latest book she’s published called (just like her web site) Graduation Debt. She was using one of my old free themes that I designed for WordPress users – – and after having read my book, WordPress For Dummies, she was convinced that I was the one who should do her site! On our first phone call, Reyna said to me, “I went through your portfolio and just want to hug every site you’ve ever designed!” – I knew then it was going to be a good match!

Project Details


Reyna wanted the front page of her blog to pull in all sorts of information from her latest blog updates, article links, book information and sales links, as well as her latest promotional video. She also wanted to integrate social media sharing, e-mail subscriptions and testimonials of her book readers.

The visual design should match the book cover, so she sent over the creative artwork from her publisher (Reyna is a fellow Wiley Publishing author!), and I went to work to create the visual look and feel that she wanted, integrating her book prominently, and creating the visual design that coordinated well with her book and her message.

  • Powered by WordPress
  • Custom Graphic Design
  • Web site design with WordPress
  • Social Media Integration
  • Customized Cascading Style Sheet (CSS)


Lisa Sabin-Wilson was the perfect designer for my project. She’s a fellow book author, so she has a personal understanding of what readers want and need on an author’s site. She also has a knack for interpreting the client’s ideas into something incredible. I utilized her services dually because I learned how to use WordPress via her book WordPress for Dummies, and there wasn’t one design I saw on that isn’t gorgeous.

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