June 24th, 2010 by Eric Berna
I wasn’t happy with this website. I needed this site to do more work with less effort from me. So I took a week off of iOS development, and focused instead on redeveloping this website.
On day one I considered my options. Well, not all of my options. There are so many ways to build a website now that I could spend months considering options. I just spent an evening considering options. I wanted a system that is easy to edit from anywhere. I also wanted to avoid a steep learning curve. I chose WordPress, because I was already comfortable using it, and I knew it could fit my needs.
The next four days I learned how to customize WordPress themes. I had a particular look I wanted for the website, and that look didn’t match any WordPress themes I’ve seen. Yet I didn’t know how to develop WordPress themes, and I had a lot to learn. I’ve done some XHTML/CSS work and extensive computer science study, so I wasn’t starting from first principles. After reading some of the documentation at wordpress.org and a nice tutorial at themeshaper.com, I knew my level of incompetence with WordPress theme development. I knew I could make that particular look in another week or two of my development time. I also knew developing a custom theme would cost too much time.
So I sacrificed the ideal site in my mind for a good site I could accomplish in a few days. I gave up on trying to develop my own ideal theme. With an open mind, I browsed the available free WordPress themes and chose one I liked. Then I went about customizing and improving it, tweaking many of the details I didn’t like. In two more days, this site went live, and I got back to iOS development.
What’s your opinion of the new website?