I'm a lazy, lazy designer. I've been trying to teach myself how to use Adobe Muse, and while I love the program, I love it because it's easier than shit to use... albeit a little tougher to implement. I needed a lot more features for my website than it could provide and I HATE writing code. I don't know shit about HTML5, though I'm sort of learning that. I can write simple html, no problem. CSS, a little knowledge there, but I still need a program to remind me of all the options.
I've wanted a blog on my website for the longest time. It would make things easier for announcing updates and the like. But I could never find the right design. Along with a new website design, I was growing frustrated until I remembered my Wordpress accounts. And I thought, now here's something I didn't consider. Use a self-hosted Wordpress design.
Finding a good Wordpress design is tedious. It takes forever to find something decent for FREE. I discovered 4Templates
, and I bought a theme. But as I started designing, I found all sorts of things that the theme didn't provide or allow and I grew frustrated. I want nearly full control of a design, and not being able to change the color and type of the body font, as well as color and type for everything else, had me ticked off.
So I found My Site My Way
. And these themes are awesome! You can modify the skins that come with all their designs by default. It has many, many options. My only whine would be that I'm a visual learner, and I'd have liked an "Idiot's Step-By-Step Guide" to implementing and customizing. I've learned a hell of a lot through "oh that's what that's supposed to do" learning. Redesigning my website was a hell of a lot easier than doing it the standard html/css way. I'm not done with writing/uploading all the content features I had on my old website, but I'm getting there, slowly but surely.
I have a sub-site on my domain that requires a different design, IMO, and I wasn't happy with all the designs out there. So I just created another Wordpress install and installed the theme I'd bought for my main website. Unfortunately, it's going to take me a damn long time to transfer content. Compared to the old html files, I have a lot of pages to recreate. :headdesk: Some hundred+ pages. Ugh. I wish I could have found a non-Wordpress design that didn't cost $79 fickin' dollars. But I'm happy with the look and design. I just wish there was an easier way to transfer an html file to a Wordpress page. Sheesh. Me and my brilliant ideas.