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Introducing Book Fair Website Template v1.0

About six weeks back I announced that I was developing the website template for a book fair. I have been working on this project on and off since then, and I think it’s ready to be shared with the world.

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The ZIP file contains eleven screenshots and a couple JSON files. If you have a site running Divi, you can import the JSON files into the Divi Library and then use the page templates from that JSON file to build new  pages on your site.

The page templates can be used to build either a conference or a book fair, something in between, or some other event entirely. The pages will look rather bland, but that is okay because my intent was to give you something to build on.

I’d love to know what you think!

image by ActuaLitté via Flickr

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Robert Nagle March 22, 2021 um 5:27 pm

Although I haven’t opened it yet to preview, I wish to note how many specialized wp templates there are out there. I’m going to be launching one or two websites with wordpress, and I have yet to begun looking for an author/book website template as well as a publishing/inventory site for my publishing press. You run the gamut from finding a template which is super-specific to your field to finding a more generic one that still accomplishes what you want and has more mindshare (translation: more likely to be updated over time to keep up with security issues).

I’ve noticed that truly crucial plugins end up getting absorbed in the main code. Maybe that doesn’t happen anymore to keep everything separate, but it can be reassuring not to need to depend on a plugin or theme for the website still to work.

Just wondering: I’ve seen several different — what are they, "frameworks"? — like Divi. (I still use Thesis on my personal blog). Did you find one thing in particular about Divi that impressed you?

Robert Nagle March 22, 2021 um 5:30 pm

Wow, just looked at the screenshots — cool, stuff!

Leslye March 23, 2021 um 11:36 am

This is very cool! I’ve recently switched from building sites in Divi to Beaver Builder, because I don’t have to undo a ton of Divi CSS, which grew annoying. But the layout of the pages you have here is helpful. Going to the next level, and I know this would be a ton of work, would be to bundle Custom Post Types with the theme. You’d need them for Presenters and Sessions at minimum. Then you could have display templates that pull from them or clone Divi modules and include those. Like I said, a lot more work and at that point it would probably be better as a plugin than a theme… Thanks!

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