I think I’m done for the most part. I started with a different theme, set up a child theme for it and then decided I hated the direction it was going in so I started again. This time I’m happier with the end result. Still need to add a couple of pages but now that I’m happy with the layout that part should be pretty quick.
As to WordPress, there’s a lot to learn when you start customizing a theme, and while creating a child theme is the way to go, you still have to know a few things that aren’t always obvious. For example, the style sheet in the parent theme impacts the child theme so you’re constantly cross referencing the two to catch the bits that are messing up your newly created layout (fixed that little problem)!
The hardest part of the layout (for me) was getting those darn social icons to even show up. I finally got it figured out, thanks to a good starter tutorial online combined with much googling and looking “under the hood” of other WordPress blogs. Once I got them in place the formatting began and my rusty css skills started coming back to me. Google was really my friend in this instance.
But then I started looking at site optimization, which led to worrying about page loads which led to spending half a day looking at css sprites and how to implement, which made my brain feel like it was exploding so I stopped reading (for now).
I need to leave well enough alone. Honestly if I don’t just get this out there I will forever be the only one reading this darn thing.
New posts with no geek talk start no later than March 4th. This is the promise I make to myself.
P.S. If you’re visiting and see something funky, please let me know in the comments! Thanks!