So much for the Big Reveal

Well, life gets busy. And you still have to keep the yard in decent visual condition, keep the doors and windows and roof from falling apart, keep the vehicles running and looking respectable while working full time and also trying to continue learning. Anyway, this week the “Coming Soon” page expired and I didn’t renew. I’ll just have to get this site working as quickly as possible so that it too looks respectable and attractive. I am in the 31st day of #100DaysOfCode . So, that is keeping me in a daily routine of working on me, working on learning, working on this.

2019 Reboot

As I work to reinvent myself, the tools and technology continue to advance as fast as I can manage to keep up. WordPress has of course, and for the better, continued to update. Now there is a WYSIWYG editor built in called Gutenberg. That is interesting to me because I recall, while in college, going on a field trip to the Library at the University and seeing a Gutenberg text. He was the father of print. Obviously, with my “day job”, it has been hit and miss trying to build my new identity and get going in freelancing. But, I’m determined to make a go of this one way or another. I’ve got the website concealed with a coming soon page which gives me the peace of mind that no one is looking at my garbled site that isn’t using a theme outside of the stock WordPress theme.

2018 WordCamp Peoria

I bought a ticket to attend my first WordCamp!! I’m pretty stoked to learn more about WordPress and meet new people interested in the platform. I’ve dabbled in using it for many years, but I’ve never really gotten into the grit of really coding my own theme. Being a designer with my sights on getting into coding as my next career move, I just feel like using someone else’s theme is cheating somehow.

Beginning Remarks: Divi has powerful features, but. . .

I will continue to attempt to get used to Divi for a little while. But, I am finding a learning curve as is with most things new to me and to be honest, I’m greatly discouraged. One thing that I wanted to test is if posts made using Divi would be equally viewed using other themes in case I decided to not remain invested in the Divi architecture. Well, as I suspected, there is some proprietary code written that doesn’t play nice with other themes. To me, this defeats one of the advantages of using WordPress in the first place. One of my interests is to build my own theme for WordPress, but if I use Divi to do this, I would be required to continue paying for Divi. I had thought that I could employ Divi to build a first draft of my own theme and then sort of duplicate it using standard WordPress theme architecture . I may stand corrected at some point, but It appears to me that all posts made using Divi would be unusable in other themes.

Divi Test Post

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I’m trying out WordPress again, and this time employing Divi Theme builder.

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I’m a Designer, a Maker, and a Builder

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