Linn County Trails

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We upgraded their previous website from a static/flat HTML site to a CMS based WordPress site with maps, dynamic content and social media integration.

We started with the iThemes Builder – Slate Child Theme. This allowed us to create a number of page layouts specific to the home page, inner pages, trail pages, document pages etc.

Dynamic Content Gallery

We used Dynamic Content Gallery on the home page to feature specific trail pages. Each trail has it's own page with maps, images, description so we used the sliding images to connect to the specific pages.

This allows the client to update the image and description at any time or add a new trail and have the home page images update automatically and link to the specific trail page.

KML map to trailsGoogle KML Map Integration

Obviously the primary focus of the website is the trails. We worked with the client who created custom KML maps for each trail as well as an overlay map and amenities. The maps are zoomable and dynamic.

Each trail page has an individual map for that specific trail.

Support for mobile devices

iThemes makes a great plugin for mobile devices simply called Mobile.

This was important for this site as many people on the trails are either walking or biking so mobile phone access is required.

Find a Trail

Auto Generated Featured Image Page Links

The Find a Trail page is an auto generated page from the sub pages and their associated Featured Image which is part of WordPress 3.0.

Basically each trail page is a sub page of Find a Trail page. Each page is assigned a featured image and the link/image is auto generated on this page. The client can add a page and the page is updated automatically.

Photo Galleries

Each trail has it's own photo gallery which was too much for the default WordPress Media Library. Instead we used NextGen Gallery and created a specific gallery for each trail. We also created a gallery to hold the home page Dynamic Content Gallery images.

Trail Page

Individual Trail pages

As mentioned above each trail has it's own page, specific KML Google map, description and NextGen Image Gallery slideshow.

The right column links to all trail pages automatically.

If the client adds a new trail page the simply follow the template created and the home page images are generated with title and description and more!

Events Calendar Pro

We chose Events Calendar Pro for this project as it creates a custom post type and in turn a custom menu item in the dashboard. This makes it easier for clients to add events as it's custom post type aka a blog post with a title “Events”

The WordPress Dashboard was customized for the client to remove items that were confusing.

PDF documents are manage by WP Download Monitor. Although we don't need to monitor the number of downloads, this is a great way to add a PDF to a document library when editing a post or page. The file is added to the page/post but dynamically is added to the overall site library. Click here to see an example.

We also setup social networking integration and automation so any time the blog is updated their followers are notified on Facebook and Twitter.


There are so many other features and too many to list here. Take some time to review the site and post your feedback and questions below.

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