Currently, the Founder of Symphy Design & Consulting, Barry Schoedel, is busy leading a number of projects for some wonderful folks, committed to making society a better place.

The first is a real estate website for a company in Baton Rouge that is buying houses in neighborhoods that are in need of love, renovating them, and making them available at affordable prices to families in need. This project was borne from the inspiration of the owner of this business, who also owns some apartment complexes that aren’t the nicests. He wants to help people get out of the dead end of renting and leasing into a situation where they can start gaining some equity and become more stable financially.

Another project we are working on is a website for a local business consultant who sold his successful business in New Orleans in the past few years and wants to use his experience and skills to coach business leaders and act as a consultant for organizations in the area. He is particularly interested in training those that might not have the business experience or knowledge to add value to their organizations. This is combined with work he and others do to support entrepreneurs in the Baton Rouge area.

We have a couple other projects that are a bit larger on the front burner. One of them is the building of a freelancer platform for a particular need that isn’t presently represented well by Upwork, Fiverr,, etc.. This is to be made available to a global institution, however, to simplify operations initially it will be focused on operations in N. America.

And last of the projects that are presently on the front burner is the development of a type of Student Information System that is geared toward adult learners in a particular setting where there is organizational compliance, other forms of training that is recognized, along with personal enrichment and relevant academic history.

All of these projects are being made on top of the WordPress core. We typically use the Genesis Framework here with WordPress at Symphy, with the StudioPress child themes, however, sometimes for a particular application we may pull in something else. We don’t make any money from recommending StudioPress but I do highly recommend them. For Designers I recommend just biting the bullet and purchasing the entire package of themes with a lifetime license. It is a great investment.

Some of you may know that the folks at WPEngine recently acquired StudioPress so if you are with WPEngine you have access to the entire suite of StudioPress themes now. That is pretty cool, and a sign that WPEngine is upping their value in the ever-more competitive arena of managed WordPress hosting.

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