Rebuilding a website containing more than ten years of badly organized collected photos turns out to be a lot of hard work. Every now
and then, though, websites need revamping, just like houses need renovations, businesses need new identities and logos. Along the way, whether it’s a house or website, new technology comes along that changes how you approach that renovation.
In order to redo my website properly, I had to set my goals. Part of that was deciding what I wanted this website to be when I was done.
I decided that I would
I looked at numerous content management systems, including Drupal, Refinery CMS, BrowserCMS, ExponentCMS and ImpressCMS. and none quite met my needs. They all looked powerful and useful in their own way. In the end, I ruled them all out primarily because of the expense or work required to get the visual appeal and blog/gallery behaviour I was seeking.
I settled on WordPress… not because it’s ideal for my needs, but because I could save the most time with it. It’s huge user base gives it a unique advantage: it’s got an extensive collection of plugins and themes both free and for purchase. The theme you see now is from Elegant Themes and has been very easy to work with. Their support forum is also quite extensive and has lots of tips for simple customizations. I was more interested in results, so WordPress fit the bill. It’s huge community also enables me to easily and cheaply outsource work should I need to. Sometimes you just need to go with what’s common to get the best value for your money.