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A Brief History of My Website Design Experience
Website design is something that I have taught myself, both out of a hobby-level interest and necessity. I am a bit of a techie and therefore have an interest in all things computers/software/internet related. It was also necessary that I learn website design because my wife and I wanted to start an internet based business, but we simply couldn’t afford to pay someone to design a site.
I taught myself how to design simple static websites. This was in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. I eventually started using Microsoft Frontpage, which I used for several years. As our websites grew, however, we decided we needed a content management system (CMS) which would keep all of our content in a database, while allowing use to change the look and feel of our sites without too much work.
That’s when we found WordPress. Website design and maintenance became so much easier when we started using WordPress and we could just use different themes to keep the sites look and feel updated and fresh.
Finding the right WordPress theme can sometimes be a bit challenging. There is almost always something that needs to be changed about the theme in order to make it look just right. Website design, at least for me, became more about theme design and modification.
Of course, this includes knowing some HTML, CSS, and at least being able to read PHP. That’s a lot to know, especially for a DIY web designer.
Fortunately, I came across what I hope is the last theme I will ever buy…
Enter the World of DIVI
Divi is a premium WordPress theme from Elegant Themes. It is literally a ‘Drag & Drop’ theme. It is loaded with features, too many for me to list here. But I would encourage you to check it out. Elegant Themes memberships start for as little as $69.
You can pretty much do whatever you want with Divi. It really doesn’t limit you like some themes do. Check it out if you are looking for a new theme!