With all the tools available to you to not just build a site but put a personal imprint on it to distinguish your department amongst all the others on campus, it's vital to know when, where, and how you're required to "color within the lines" as it were so you stay on-brand and within campus policy as you go. Let's review.
We touched on the reasoning for the use of Pattern Lab in the SiteFarm project in our article "An Introduction to Atomic Design and Pattern Lab in SiteFarm" but let's discuss some of the details of why we organized the file structure the way we did, where to find important code, and how we develop within this environment.
Let's look at a scenario. You've been working on your site for a month or two now, and you feel like you've mastered the basics—all the topics in the Training » For everyone and » For managers sections are familiar to you. Now, you find yourself looking critically at your site and thinking, "I feel like I should be able to do more with this."
How you define more is the beginning of the discussion of whether or not you should consider becoming a Site Builder.
You've decided to subtheme your site. Huzzah! But, it's quite possible you're never done this before and you're not even sure what that means or where to begin. Making the decision to be a Site Builder and create custom elements for your site is a significant undertaking, but we want to give you a brief overview of what's involved in the workflow process to help you get started.
The SiteFarm Test Group will be comprised of Site Builders who want the chance, during a Test Period, to review the impact of fixes, security patches, and new offerings on custom subthemes added to their sites to verify nothing has broken due to code conflicts before the new release goes live.
Wireframes are a design deliverable that allows content architects and designers to work together to plan and organize a website's content and page elements. With the release of the SiteFarm Design Kit, and the demand for custom design work, there is a growing need to quickly wireframe content based on the visual elements available in SiteFarm's web pages.
If you've ever had the pleasure of mocking up new designs or themes from existing websites then you know how tedious the process of recreating page elements and components can be in Photoshop or Illustrator. Let us save you the trouble with the SiteFarm Design Kit.
We're excited to announce the release of our new video series introducing users to the process of sub-theming, giving the tech-savvy or the adventurously curious the steps to customize the look and feel of your SiteFarm site!