Finding the Right Look and Feel
I’m not a programmer by any means. I’m good at setting up systems that work towards a purpose. I can dive into a mechanism clear it out, and put it back together so I understand how it works. Creating it from scratch will be left up to the programmers, the geniuses.
When I adopted WordPress a few years ago, I migrated from MoveableType, a site that I was turned on to by Michael Parrish of Oblivio.com, who I found after searching Google for nailbiters. Apparently he has a nail-biting habit. I fell in love with WordPress, and in essence, all of the WordPress code junkies out there that bring true value to the blog platform.
My site has undergone numerous changes, and I have tested and tinkered with hundreds of different plugins. I’ve gone through the updates time and time again, and I can say that it’s getting easier and easier to stay on top of managing this self-hosted blog.
In searching for the right theme for my real estate website, I have designed a myriad of templates for myself that just haven’t been what I want. Since I’m in the business of selling real estate and not in the business of designing WordPress templates, I decided to set out on a journey to find a theme that someone else had created that I could simply modify.
It’s been a long road, and I don’t know for certain if that road has actually ironed itself out, but I have chosen a theme, thanks to the Phoenix Real Estate Guy. After browsing his site and listening to the technology symposium on the Scottsdale Association of Realtors website, I decided to eliminate the chore of designing the perfect site and go with a template that seems to work. There are, of course, minor customizations that still must be made when implementing someone else’s template, but that’s easy, especially after hours and hours of designing other templates.
One of the blog templates that I created from the ground up can be seen on my blog entitled “The Executive Apprentice.” This was a project that I worked on to learn the ins and outs of monetizing a blog. It failed to produce income, but it taught me a lot about blog templates.
So now that I have chosen a template to stick with for a while (we all know that more technologies are invented every day that continue to shape and change the landscape of the internet), I’ll focus on what I really enjoy doing, finding you a new place to live.
Thank you Jay, and a special thanks to Flisterz of Flisterz.com for designing the foundation of this website’s theme. Nice work.