If only …

Image for the day:
Nene inside Haleakalā


If only I were a blogger…

Some people seem born to blog, but I am not one of those people. Otherwise, I’d be having a lot of fun with WordPress!
But there is one thing I can do so as not to be left out. I can help people who do want to blog to get their blogs up and running the way they want them.

WordPress can do more than blogging. As many who otherwise might be WordPress bloggers are choosing social media platforms for self expression, WordPress is becoming a webdesign tool for those who don’t want to deal directly with coding. You are free to create your own content, and change it on a whim without having to go through a web design company.

There are downsides. Since the page layout is based on pre-made themes, your website and blog will look like anyone else’s who is using the same theme, kind of a cookie cutter look. Pages can be slower to load as WordPress can be demanding on a web browser. But a good web designer can get around that by designing a unique theme that fits you and your needs, and do it without a lot of the plugins that can slow a page down. This page has many unique styles built on font choice and paragraph layout. The picture itself changes daily, as explained below. The sum of these subtle touches gives the page its own unique feel without clutter.

If interested get in touch.

This is just for fun!

(About the picture)    Each day of the month a different Maui picture appears above. So drop by in 24 hours and you’ll see something different. I wanted an effect like this that would appear on this page only. Plugins could achieve this, but overdo the plugins and you can end up with a slow and conflicted website. I wanted to keep to my principles of simplicity, so I wrote the minimum amount of code necessary for the effect using the Shortcode API WordPress provides. While I was at it I went ahead and created what WordPress calls a child theme, giving myself flexibility in design now and in the future if I decide I want to do more with this.

This also is a way to bring a little handmade touch into WordPress and shows some of the power and flexibility WordPress offers.