Let me be the first to say this, I’m not a professional designer. By trade I’m a systems/network administrator. I’m the guy who keeps everything running and I generally leave the coding and pretty parts to others. With that being said, I have a better than average understanding of computer systems and can generally figure most things out. If I don’t know the answer -happens quite often-I can generally find it somewhere. Much like any other professional, when I get home I generally don’t want to spend my free time doing what I do at work, I want to pursue some of my other interests. One of which is setting up websites for fun and profit!
I came to the WordPress world quite by a happy accident and my only regret is that I didn’t find it earlier, it certainly would have changed how I did a lot of things very early on. Bygones and all that. I’m also a very visual person. I think most men are to a certain degree (hence the popularity of porn) but if I can SEE something I can usually figure it out. Now one of the things about WordPress themes is that you generally still do a lot of coding type work on the back end. HTML and CSS aren’t considered coding per se by the C# or Python wrangler but lets face it, if you have to type some arcane spells and hope it translates to the images in your head, well, you’re coding. Yet I digress. So, being a visual type, I’ve often struggled with having to use CSS to get my WordPress sites to look exactly the way I want them to.
After all, you generally don’t see a theme. What you see is some CSS and other random bits in the admin panel and hope for the best. Tweak it some more and change it around again. That’s what we’ve done since the very early days of the web. Until now. Welcome to PageLines DMS my friend. At the risk of dating myself, I remember using the old WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) programs like FrontPage. The comparison is apt to a certain degree. PageLines DMS puts you right on the page where you can manipulate things directly. However, under the hood you are generating nice clean compliant code. Once you turn off the editor, like your visitors will see it, your site will load fine.
My first impression of PageLines DMS is that this is really going to open up the ability for people to get that look and feel they want with less effort than ever before. I’m not saying they are going to design beautiful sites, lets face it, someone once thought spinning flaming skulls were awesome, but they will be able to realize their vision more quickly and easier than ever before. A good example from me is one of my sites, a “How To” that I’ve struggled to give the look I want. Surely you’ve been there, you know that you want the nav bar here and the slider there and this widget over there but then spend the next 2 days trying to get everything laid out correctly. No? Just me? Regardless,PageLines DMS makes it so much easier as you can just move stuff around until it looks like you want it to. Hopefully you have some design sense.
Well back to tweaking my site! I have some family and church obligations over the next day but plan on having my site ready to show off sometime in the next day or so.