Friday, April 8, 2016

Getting Out Of The Stone Age -- I Finally Discovered WordPress

I am not a web site designer.  That said, I have set up a few simple web sites over the years.  Nothing fancy.  I learned enough html to hand code what I needed.  Those old sites are now hopelessly out of date.

Two weeks ago I decided that it was time to rebuild one of my old sites.  I was not in the mood to acquire and then learn Adobe Dreamweaver.  I suspect that if I was a web site design professional that's the tool I'd use.  But I'm not, so I don't.

My old tool of choice, Microsoft Frontpage, was discontinued over a decade ago. While Microsoft Expression is available without charge, that too looks to require more than a little bit of work to master.

I enjoy using Blogger for this site, but I don't get the sense that it's well suited for more general purpose web sites.

I know that WordPress is considered by many to be the go-to tool for blogging sites.  What I didn't realize is that it's also geared for developing web sites that are much more than just blogs.

I'm astonished at how easy it was for me to create a much more modern rendition of my old site.  I can't believe I hadn't figured this out years ago.

Oh, if you want to see what I created, take a look at http://www.usml.net

I have lots of ideas for things I will do with that site going forward.

Apologies in advance to any professional web site designers out there who will likely scoff at that little site.  If you have any suggestions for ways to make that site better, don't hesitate to comment.

Perhaps I will migrate this blog to WordPress too. . .

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