About 4 years ago I set up a couple of WordPress blogs for clients. In both cases these blogs were add-ons to a static HTML site. Even back then the power of WordPress was pretty impressive – especially to me, a non-programmer. And I was able to edit the CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to at least approximate the look and design of the parent sites. I was happy.
Then 3 years ago I got a job re-designing a local arts foundation website with the stipulation that they be able to update themselves – without knowing at HTML. Hmmm – there was Adobe Contribute, but, of course, the arts foundation was all volunteers so they didn’t have the $200 to spend on Contribute.
So I took another look at WordPress. Premium themes were coming into their own and I eventually settled one that seemed the most customizable.
A lot has changed since early in 2009. Creating premium is now a big – and competitive – business largely because of people like me: non-programming designers who appreciate the underlying functionality of WordPress but don’t want to be locked into a particular design or look.
WordPress does a great job in separating data from functionality from presentation in a way that makes sense and is largely intuitive. But it’s the developer community behind WordPress that is so impressive to me. Sure, many are now making a living through WordPress, either developing premium themes or plugins, designing websites, or teaching others to do the first two, but the underlying passion always seems to be how to make this wonderful content management system even better.
That’s why I’ll continue to custom design my sites in WordPress.