One of the goals for this year is to move the Better Hens and Gardens blog and Bramblestone Farm website onto the same professional WordPress theme to save both time and hassles. Today they use two different free themes, and each time a theme upgrades it seems like there’s a new learning curve on how to make the site function properly and look good too. It’s great that there are free themes, but it seems that they don’t always test as thoroughly as necessary to insure there aren’t issues after an upgrade.
I’ve chosen to go with the Genesis theme framework, and will probably add some child theme on top of that at some point. I’m going to convert Better Hens and Gardens first, so things may look a little funny on this site over the next few weeks. The objective is to create a great looking site that’s easy to navigate and take care of too, so that I spend time writing great homesteading content rather than fixing code issues in the background.
I know some folks who are great at website design – I could pay them to do the work and end up with great looking sites without having to deal with doing it myself. But, then I wouldn’t be familiar with how everything works in the background, and it doesn’t really fit in with the idea of being self-reliant and sustainable. So, I’ve decided to do it myself and hope the conversion goes smoothly. If you notice things aren’t working properly or you have suggestions, please let me know.
Now, I need to go do it – the sooner I get started, the sooner I can get back to the writing part!