Use WordPress to Add Functionality to Your Existing Website

Do you have an existing website and want to add a Blog or other User Activity without having to start from scratch? We have done just that for several clients. Here are some examples.

Potter & Co.
A retail store in Newport wanted to add a Blog and a Feature items page while maintaining the look and feel of their website.

Potter & Co. website home page Potter & Co. website Blog using WordPress

Potter & Co. website Feature page using WordPressFirst we setup WordPress as a Multisite Network so the Blog and Feature pages/sites could have their own functionality and ‘conversation’.

Then using Genesis Framework and their basic Child Theme we customized the theme to use the same masthead and background graphics as the main website. A perfect use for Genesis Simple Hooks.

On the Blog, to help cut down on spam comments we used the Facebook Comments by Fat Panda plugin. To submit a comment you have to be logged into your Facebook account. This also includes the option to share the comment on your Facebook wall — resulting in additional exposure for Potter & Co.

On the Feature page, where the idea is for customers to upload photos of themselves we used the Comment Image plugin.

Steve Sasco Designs
Celebrity jewelry designer wanted to add a Customer Photos section to their existing eCommerce website. Customers email photos of themselves wearing their purchases. Select photos are added to the website.
Steve Sasco Designs website Home page Steve Sasco Designs website Customer page using WordPress

Steve Sasco Designs website Customer single post using WordPress

WordPress was setup with the Shaken Grid theme for its fluid grid layout similar to a Pinterest pinboard.

The Facebook Comments plugin was also added.

Facebook Comments by Fat Panda

SHS Pest Control
Pest Control service provider wanted to use a second domain name ( for a Pest Facts website. The second website while promoting their services is also a source of information on pests in New England.
SHS Pest Control website Home page SHS Pest Control Pest Facts
Wordpress was setup using Genesis Framework and customized Child Theme with Simple Hooks and Simple Sidebars.

The layout utilized a grid format on the home page using a Post’s feature image and excerpt content.