I have mentioned before that I can be slow to adopt new technology, and that my “techie” knowledge is not as advanced as some that I know.
I did work in the world of software for many years, including time at Microsoft. For over 11 years, I was a technical writer focusing on end-user documentation. While that required me to have more technical knowledge than some, my audience was end users – not programmers. I was always very proud of my ability to explain technical things in non-technical terms for my readers.
Because of my background, I understand the basic concept behind HTML code, and have worked with it in formatting documentation – however, I have no knowledge of CSS and very little understanding of HTML beyond the basics.
Therefore, when I started this blog, I found myself at a bit of a loss. I really wanted the site to look professional and have a welcoming design, but I had no clue how to make that happen.
WordPress offers many free themes that are very nice, but they just didn’t offer everything that I wanted, and whenever I tried to do something a little fancy, I ended up having to call in backup. Rahn, a programmer/analyst (but not a web designer), has taken to referring to himself as my “help desk” instead of my husband.
Rahn is also a blogger. Like me, he prefers to spend his time writing his blog, not designing it. Because we have more than one blog in the family, we decided it would be worth purchasing a framework that we could use on multiple sites. The one we heard the most about was Thesis, so we purchased the latest version and… well… struggled with it.
After a couple of weeks of “fighting” with Thesis, my husband and I were so frustrated that we just decided to ask for a refund. Based on my experience, Thesis is designed for a user who knows a bit about Web programming and CSS.
While the framework didn’t work for us, the company honored there no-questions-asked refund policy and issued us a quick refund.
After doing a little more research, we found the Genesis Framework. Within 30 minutes, I had: purchased the Genesis Framework, downloaded and installed it; and even downloaded and installed a child theme. I didn’t have to ask my husband for help at all.
There were a few glitches when I changed themes because the old one and new one had different layout elements. However, it took very little work to get the widgets moved around and in the proper places. My husband also made a few changes to the CSS and received truly excellent technical support from StudioPress when things didn’t work quite the way he expected.
While I am very pleased with my site, there are a few changes I still want to make – so, I know I will have to study up on HTML and CSS going forward. But, with this easy-to-use framework, I have a great looking site – and can make changes here and there as I go.
If you are starting a new website or hoping to make your current one even better, I highly recommend the Genesis Framework. Build your website with Genesis, and you will have a professional looking site up and running in no time.
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