I’ve finally done something I’ve been wanting to do for months: merge my blog with my website. Moving from Blogger to WordPress has allowed that, as has using the Headway framework to build my theme. If the last part of the preceding sentence makes no sense to you, then you’ll recognize this still from a well-known computer-frustration animation:
Until a month ago, I had no idea what a framework was. Turns out it’s the bones on which to hang the design elements of your blog or website. Probably the most popular “easy” framework is Thesis—or at least it was until Thesis 2.0 came out last fall. The new Thesis is not getting rave reviews from everyday users (though website designers like it).
I saw a video tutorial for Thesis 2 on YouTube and ran screaming. First to Genesis, an “easy” framework that is still far too complicated, and then to Headway, a framework for “beginners.” Or so Headway says. This is what I say:
After many hours of watching tutorials and trying things out, I must admit I like Headway, and it does seem to be easier than both Thesis and Genesis, but hey, you techies, unless the word “beginner” translates to “someone who has spent a minimum of ten hours in study,” it’s not for beginners. Real beginners have to look up the word “framework.” Real beginners don’t know what a plugin is—and if they do, they don’t know how to get the plugin plugged in.
Geeks and techies give us wonderful things like frameworks. But I’m convinced that every geek business should employ at least one person who does not breath air from the geek bubble, an “outsider” who sees the word “beginner” and thinks it means what Webster’s says it means, and whose mission is to make customers, not fellow geeks, want to do the happy Snoopy dance.
Now if I can just figure out WordPress and post this blog post properly. Blogger was so much easier.