When it comes to versatility and ease of use, WordPress is amazing. To put it to the test, I attempted to recreate the TechCrunch website using the default 2023 Block Theme and no plugins. Here’s my experience.
With a blank WordPress website on my left and TechCrunch on my right, my goal was to reproduce the design of the renowned site as closely as possible in a mere half-hour. While I had pre-populated my blank site with a few posts for ease, the task ahead was still monumental.
- Design Approach: My primary design strategy was to use columns on the front page, and then the query loop block to incorporate the posts. Given the time constraints, I aimed to replicate a layout where the post details are on the left, and the featured image on the right.
- Creating a Sticky Navigation: The first step involved making the navigation sticky. A crucial aspect to understand is that stickiness can only be applied within a container. So, by grouping the content within the column, I achieved a sticky navigation, much like the one on TechCrunch.
- Incorporating Post Details: Using the query loop block, I added post details. In WordPress 6.3, you can fix the aspect ratio of your featured images in the query loop block, ensuring consistency regardless of the original image proportions.
- Styling and Formatting: Post aesthetics are vital. I tweaked font sizes, added published dates, authors, and categories. The key was to ensure each element not only captured the essence of TechCrunch but was also visually appealing.
- Final Touches: Last but not least, I introduced some padding for a neat layout. Also, by accessing the ‘edit site’ option, I was able to finetune elements, adjust column sizes, and ensure responsiveness.
The final result? A WordPress site remarkably reminiscent of TechCrunch, complete with sticky navigation, tailored post layouts, and custom global styles.
While I might not have achieved pixel-perfect accuracy due to the time constraint, the exercise revealed the power and flexibility of WordPress. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned developer, the platform provides tools to bring your vision to life swiftly. My 30-minute challenge was a testament to that.