Web Design: Satisfying Accomplishment

Most of you reading this are already lost, right?

I spent most of last night in my office working on a website. It’s a little thing I’m doing for myself, five or six pages with some video. It’s difficult to explain the feeling, but creating a website is really rewarding in a creative way.

The first step was installing WordPress on a webserver. It only takes a few minutes. WordPress is very mature. Ease is built in.

Most of you reading this are already lost, right? Here’s WordPresses own explanation.

WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 25 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.

This site is built on WordPress too. The new site looks nothing like this!

WordPresses ‘themes’ creates the look. There are thousands of themes I could have used, but I modified the on that comes standard (it’s called Twenty Ten). That’s the most rewarding part!

Reskinning the theme requires a little programming skill in wrangling three languages: php, css and html. I know just enough to be dangerous. That means I’m writing with a few books at the ready because there will be questions! If I did this more I’d be a lot faster.

It’s all so elegant. Within a few minutes what began as an instantly familiar barebones WordPress site began to look like the site I wanted!

I spent five hours working on the site last night. It’s nearly done. Later tonight or tomorrow it will be done.

I have a very satisfying feeling of accomplishment.

2 thoughts on “Web Design: Satisfying Accomplishment”

  1. You might want to tell your readers that they needn’t learn to use WordPress, that they can go to wordpress.com and set up a site through them. I believe it’s free if it’s something after the wordpress.com name, like http://www.wordpress.com/yoursite.html Or you can do what I did: I have a domain registered with Godaddy that I have hosted through wordpress.com so I have my own address, which is shown here if you click my name, and hosted through them giving me access to wordpress without having to know how to edit it, or use php, etc. It’s MUCH easier this way. Instead of years getting good at it, try hours.

    I love web design, and WordPress is the way to go for blogs as Dreamweaver is to websites, php to forums, but there are easier ways.

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