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First, if you haven’t yet, you might want to read this post. Second, if you have expressed any interest in helping me out I want to extend a heartfelt and generous thank you! This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to get this website going, but it is the first time that I don’t feel utterly overwhelmed by the entire thing.

So, I’ve made one rather important decision and decided to purchase a premium theme for the site. One of the main reasons the site has been in a holding pattern is that I haven’t been able to get a design created. I had a specific vision of what I wanted and starting from scratch or cannibalizing another theme was an impossible amount of work that I had neither the time or motivation to tackle. You’re probably wondering why I didn’t just buy a premium theme before and have this thing set up ages ago, right?

Well, for one I didn’t really want to put money into the site. Not that I’m against such things, in fact, I’m using a premium theme here at GW. It was more that I couldn’t quite work up a justification to sink my hard-earned monies into a website that was neither mine personally (in that I don’t intend to be the sole user of the site) nor one I expect to garner any revenue. Also, I just wasn’t as familiar with WordPress’s core as I was “back in the day” when this site was almost daily spitting out errors to people because it was run on bleeding edge code and I was constantly hacking away behind the scenes. (“Back in the day” would be when I had this thing called free time and spent a ridiculous amount of it playing on this and other websites.)

Anyway, the theme (actually the framework) I’m looking at is theoretically perfect for what I have in mind for the site. It’s able to be scaled down to little more than a fancy blog for starting out and I can scale up the features I want to add with “drag and drop” ease. So, I’ve potentially eased my workload considerably — and specifically I’ve greatly lessened the need to stare at long lines of code. Except I don’t really know how truly accessible the theme is and I’m loathe to use it if it’s going to be a nightmare for users and/or staff. Still even if it’s perfectly fine it would not mean that everything is all finished and we can just plow on ahead. There’s a lot to be done still to things and to meet my considerably picky standards. After all this has to work flawlessly for everyone regardless of their experience level and play nice with those of us using screen readers. I want to work out all the kinks on the backend before I start letting people loose to create content. I’m thinking I need to bang out some list of policies and rules for both staff and users . . . and only about 9,000 other things. Seriously, I have only 6 trillion thoughts on this. It is crazy in my head.

But just to make myself feel like I did something, I put up a placeholder on the site: see, it’s almost like content! And I’m feeling confident in where things are going. It’s going to be awhile yet before I can say “we’re live” and start ushering folks over to the site, but I can see the light at the end of that incredibly long tunnel and that’s a nice feeling.

Anyway, happy Independence Day! If you couldn’t tell by all the babble above, I’ll be using my holiday to tinker around like a good codemonkey.

Happy Independence Day!

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans!
A billowing American flag