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Coding your website: Love or hate?

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on

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In my free report, Get Your Website Done: 12 Actionable Steps for Designers, we’re at Step #11: Code. I’m currently coding my new website (wahoo!), and I hope you’ve gotten to this point too.

Perhaps the idea of coding a website makes you feel excited and eager to learn. Maybe it makes you feel nervous. Or maybe it just makes you tune out.

Of course I’m a development geek who loves CSS, local development and the inner workings of custom WordPress design. But I realize that not everybody feels this way. Not every designer wants to code a website. (Most of my clients are designers who don’t want to code a website!)

If coding does make your heart pitter-patter, that’s wonderful. If not, you can still have a great WordPress website that you make yourself. This is why in my latest blog post, I share three different approaches to help you bring your design to life on the web. Here’s an excerpt:

  1. Do-it-yourself (without code). In this approach, you don’t have to deal with code. You just need to be able to install WordPress, which you might be able to do using a one-click WordPress installer from your web host. Then you’ll have to choose a theme (read this first:WordPress Themes: Custom or Existing?). Some themes even have built-in page builders. From what I hear, Beaver Builder is quite nice although I’ve never used it. For more about page builders, check out this presentation from WordCamp Atlanta 2016: Page Builders Showdown.
  2. Create a child theme. If you want to get your hands a little dirty and have some experience with HTML and CSS, you can create a child theme off the latest WordPress theme (or any other theme you like) and modify those theme files. Child themes are great when you want to only change a few things, yet still maintain the overall structure and functionality of the parent theme. To get started, check out Child Themesin the WordPress Theme Developer Handbook.
  3. Become a development ninja. Want to do it all? I share all the details about how I do custom WordPress development.

Want to finally get your website done? Download my free report and follow along with me.

Hi, I’m Jill, a web designer/developer who partners with talented designers, copywriters, and agencies on their websites, and their client’s sites. I’m passionate about crafting beautiful and innovative WordPress websites focused on clear positioning and positive user experiences. See my work & get my free report, Get Your Website Done: 12 Actionable Steps for Designers.

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