Website design

I very much debated about whether I’d create this site using WordPress or Dreamweaver. Initially, I very much leaned towards Dreamweaver, but the reality was that it would take me a lot more time to manage a Dreamweaver site. I’m more familiar with WordPress, but also I like some of the content management system (CMS) features that I get with WordPress that I don’t get with Dreamweaver. If I wasn’t so file inept (see blog post), then Dreamweaver might work – but having to manually manage posts, and not being able to take advantage of various plug-ins made the decision difficult.

In the end WordPress won out. I needed a solution that met my needs, where I wouldn’t be spending all my time implementing the design and layout. I need to be spending my time creating content, not figuring out how that content is going to be displayed.

WordPress was also a personal preference. I knew that if I had a WordPress site, I would be able to blog. I know that I am able to blog, that I can write blog posts. I understand the workflow, but  I also have the muscle memory associated with blogging in WordPress. I can do back to my bike touring days. I blogged at almost every day. So I know that if I setup the process, I can blog daily as needed. I think the ability to do that, and giving myself permission to write stream of consciousness (bad first draft) style, will allow me to just get it done … and I really need that right now.

My ‘to do’ list for today contains an item on my website design. Specifically, that is to write down all the content that needs to go on my website. So, here goes:

  • Workshop content, specifically: Icebreaker Activities, iPad Skills Lab, iPad Case Vignettes
  • Stuff to run a workshop: workshop agenda, administrative checklist, workshop evaluation sheets, facilitator guide
  • This blog
  • About this website, How to contact me, how to submit a case vignette (or other site content), credits for the site and site design (this assumed that I was using a graphic artist – I may not – I may just buy a theme and customize it myself.

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