1. Wilhelmina Upton

    I tried Child themes and the things I wanted to customise I couldn’t or at least I couldn’t figure it out to my satisfaction. Then I thought, hey, I should write my own theme. But I was kidding myself, the little coding experience I have is not enough to let me create a theme in the way I wish I could. Plus, I don’t have the time to devot lots of time to learning HTML and such. In short, I’ll be sticking with free themes for now.

    I’m not sure anyone has ever taken me more serious in the past year since I had my own domain etc. 😀

    • See, I made a child theme as soon as my theme updated…and I still haven’t used it. I’ve only made one major modification to my theme, and it’s merely a color swap. As a result, every time it updates, I just go through and swap out every teal hex code for monarch orange. Once I get a couple of other pages created (one is book related, so that may be a while yet), I’ll have a couple of other modifications I’ll need to make, but those aren’t high priority yet.

      • Wilhelmina Upton

        Okay, for that, using a child theme is probably rather easy whereas the things I wanted to change were a bit more complicated and every time I tried touching the footer on my old theme, it didn’t work out. I guess it mostly was because the original theme was coded weirdly but still. I’m still not a 100% happy with my current theme but it’s got the basics and is easy to use.

        • I think the fact that what I’m changing is fairly simple is a big reason why I haven’t cared much about the child theme to this point. It takes me 10 minutes at most to make the changes. That said, I’ll have some more complex things I’m looking to do with my theme’s slider feature that may cause me some coding headaches. I’ll need to develop additional content before I’m ready to do that though.

  2. I think you’ve done really well with the look and feel and TTW Tim. I think I like it more than your previous blog. It’s clean and white and lovely.
    By the way, that photo of you is priceless!

    • I’m happy you like it. You have a bit more of an artistic eye than I do (okay, a significantly more artistic eye), so I’m happy to hear this. That picture was taken while I was on a work trip to Boston. I had been up since 5 in the morning and was exceptionally tired.

  3. Curious to hear more about your decision to go with an SSL certificate – I don’t think I’ve heard many, if any, bloggers talk about having one?

    Love ASO. Love, love, love. I’ve only ever had a self-hosted domain and ASO is by far the best host I’ve had in my 6+ years of blogging.

    • I didn’t realize you were on ASO too. They’ve been pretty fantastic to this point. I decided to sign up with them thanks to their stellar reviews from pretty much anyone hosted with them, and I’ve yet to see anyone who dislikes them.

      My choice to have a SSL cert is mostly for something that I’ll be adding to my site in the future, however it’s also for additional security until then as well. Security is a paramount item in my mind for my website.

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