The holidays and New Year always bring thoughts of what we can do better for the future. Traditionally, this has been in the form of resolutions – to lose weight, to exercise more frequently, drink less coffee (tea, beer, etc.). For me, the holidays are when I take the time to assess what I have planned (or would like to achieve) for the upcoming year, and how I can create more time to do some things that will grow me personally and professionally. The challenge is to achieve this without detracting from family time or the day job, or even sleep time. In short, how do I get more time out of the existing hours in the day?
This often leads to examining my personal efficiency levels, and finding places where I can save time. Which leads in this case to the need for a new website. For the last year or so, I have used a pretty slick web design created in the Twitter Bootstrap framework. I really like the way the site looks and functions – to a point. The problem is that there is no Admin panel for the theme, meaning that each time I change something (quite often), I need to work with raw .html code. Time consuming. Messy. Inefficient.
I also have to maintain a separate framework for blogging, and then merge my posts into the main site. I love Textpattern for blogging, but again, this is an inefficient, less than elegant solution. If readers want to read a full blog post, they are taken to a new page. Not ideal.
Another issue – much of the work I wish to share is visual, which requires another framework (actually, I currently have two!) to store or display items adequately. Again, inefficient (and frustrating) for me, and not ideal for site visitors. I have made it all work to some extent, but the ideal solution is to have a single site that houses everything. Which brings me back to the topic of this post, and a new theme (with both front and back end capabilities) that will enable blogging, portfolio displays, and a lot more, all in one place.
So today is officially designated as 2014 Website Replacement Day. Updates to come when I’m ready to launch.by