Ycademy Seminar May 2014

New XOO Theme by Semiomantics

WOW! The elegant new WordPress based XOO Theme by Semiomantics was presented at this month’s workshop, the Ycademy Seminar May 2014!

Ycademy Seminar May 2014

One fact is… that on today’s crowded Internet, everybody wants to stand out and ‘get noticed in a noisy world’!

Another fact is that nothing has changed since Web Design with Passion started in terms of website design about 8 years ago: what really counts is traffic – people visiting your website, finding what they like quickly and easily, and then having a fast and safe way to download or buy what they want!

What has changed, though, and dramatically so, is the way we display our products and/or services – not only in the form of text but via all kinds of media! And what we like in a traditional good magazine we can find increasingly online: good content beautifully displayed – including audio and video – and, of course, in many different formats. A real nightmare seen from ‘inside’ – but customer is king and customer gets what he wants – period!

So once a visitor comes to a website he wants to be positively surprised, tantatilzed, hooked! He wants the experience, the emotion – the feel and the touch! That’s what’s expected – like in a good movie: the first minutes are crucial! Looking back, in my view the theme that came closest to what I understand by that was our good old “Evo Theme”, the first one. But that was flash-based – and since apples and the mobile web took over the net, flash was out. The drama!

But the solution was soon at hand – brilliant minds are inspired by ‘problems’! And with it came our XO Theme, which eventually led to the then new WP based XOR Theme in March 2014 – which I setup on my Author Blog, here. I haven’t even finshed yet, to be honest! However, what was new is that with these scripts we work with sections on a very responsive grid – from a large desktop monitor through to a tablet and all the way down to a mobile phone. During the April Seminar 2014, we continued to deepen our understanding and knowledge of the XOR – especially with a view to the renaissance of YORGOO… in a not too distant future…

Ycademy Seminar May 2014

Now, during last weekend’s Ycademy Seminar May 2014, we took it still a notch higher with the new XOO – a smashing design on the WordPress backbone reminiscent of my favourite, the EVO! So from flash we move over to html5, CSS3, JS, Paralax and, and … and …! Of course we will take into account the mobile display as well as media, such as video, audio, galleries, portfolio pages and more.

The theme is tricky and needs concentration, knowledge and skills in terms of setup – but it offers brilliant OnePage as well as FlipPage possibilities and, while not as dynamic as the XO or XOR (where our focus is on the dynamic content of the blog), it also has an integrated blog and featured posts can be pulled in by a multitude of different widgets. We were told that “… anything is possible with the XOO” !

I’ve started my own journey on XOO HERE… it’s only the beginning, the learning curve – watch this space for more!

Happy Mother’s Day 2014

To all the Phenomenal Women out there!

Happy Mother’s Day from ‘Web Design South Africa’ to all the phenomenal women out there! I just couldn’t resist passing this on: Dr. Maya Angelou – just one of many… and all of them just awesome!


 Happy Mother’s Day 2014

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say, ‘It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.’

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say, ‘It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.’

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say, ‘It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.’

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say, ‘It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.’


Phenomenal women keep their inner mystery…. Happy Women just be yourself – BE!