So, I’ve been torn over the past few months. I designed a super-basic site for my friends over at El Con, but it seemed a little too lackluster, and definitely NOT user-friendly for the band members who wanted desperately to update it.
Recently, they threw out the idea of a blog. I did an overly dramatic GASP, and then told them, “Okay, I’ll see what I can do.” Well, I conveniently put it on the back burner until I was having some coffee with the lead singer/songwriter this morning. So, begrudgingly, I decided to look into adding a WordPress blog.
My first reaction, when I was thinking about this ages ago, was to basically do what I did with this blog and my own website–add a “blog” link if people wanted to see it. But then it seemed almost too complicated, because I wanted, literally, to embed a blog into one page on a site. Meh. So I decided that it might be best to redo the entire site in WordPress, so it’d all be easily editable, and wouldn’t be much complaining.
Thing is–I have no idea how to host your own WordPress blog, and my HTML/PHP/MySQL knowledge is EXTREMELY limited. Luckily, the installation was mighty easy using Fantastico on the Siteground server. So I got it up and running, and, because I thought it would be too complicated making a completely customized skin (which I think it is at this point), I stumbled through changing the pre-made skin and adding a custom header.
And right now, in my opinion, I’m almost offended by how much better it looks, and how it took me literally 15 minutes to get it sort of up to speed.
I’m having issues adding sidebar widgets, and perhaps that comes with the territory, but I wanted to open it up for comments and suggestions. You can see the “new” site here, although it’s not technically live to the public. Is there anything you would add immediately? Do you think it’s okay to use a pre-made skin? Do you think the skin melds okay with the old site?