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Redesigning My Website

Mon Oct 7, 2013, 10:13 PM
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. ;)

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Joy
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United States
Current Residence: Greenfield, MA
Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock, which these days can include Metallica. Yay. ;-p
Favourite style of art: Grunge-Gothic, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Operating System: Win7
Shell of choice: Slave (looks like Adobe CS6 gui. ;)
Icon Package of choice: Steampunk, with Stardock's Iconpackager. Icons here.
Cursors of Choice: Token Light, by Outofashion, found here.
Wallpaper of choice: Differs
Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck/Bugs Bunny
Personal Quote: "The most essential gift of a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector." - Hem
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