This blog was founded January 28, 2012 by Wil Ransz. The initial tagline was “A Non-Geek Making Websites”.
My intention was to write about my experience with WordPress for people like myself. People without any formal training in programming, but very interested in making websites. Think of bloggers, graphical designers, and website owners.
I am making websites since the mid ’90s. Back in the day that websites were coded in plain HTML and page structures were created with tables. CSS was just getting some awareness. Crafting websites was done with a simple text editor. Later, I also used Frontpage, and Dreamweaver to create websites.
In 2010, I started working with WordPress. That was with version 2.9. And my attitude was more like: Is this WordPress the CMS that I am looking for, or does Drupal or Joomla offer a better fit for me? I never really tried Joomla, but I did install and examine Drupal.
When version 3.0 of WordPress was released in mid 2010, it became clear to me that WordPress was the way to go for me. Never doubted that decision.
To date, I have seen probably 1,000+ themes. Do not believe me? Just check out ThemingWP.com. I had published over 538 reviews of WordPress themes on WPReviewLab.com. When the blog switched to ThemingWP, I slashed all themes that were non-responsive, retired by their authors, or from vendors I was no longer following.
A theme is great way to change the look and feel of a WordPress website. However, usually I want to go further than that. Most of the time, I prefer to shape a site a site my way, or how my client likes it. Usually, that takes more than creating a child theme with some custom styling and functions.
That is also the reason why I became interested in WordPress theme frameworks – super themes that allow you to create your own custom themes. Without coding, or at least with only little coding. Either way, a theme framework gives you much more control when creating a website.
The purpose of a WordPress theme is appearance – presenting content. However, it takes more than good looks, to make a great website. Such a website also provides the necessary functionality. That is where plugins, customized functions.php, and templates come in.
Especially plugins offer an easy way to extend the logic and functionality of a WordPress website. Without coding. So besides, theme frameworks, Wilwebs will also covers plugins. As well as child themes, templates and skins for WordPress frameworks.
Regular WordPress themes are covered at the already mentioned ThemingWP. Wilwebs and ThemingWP are both blogs of wilwebs.org. Just like HostingCaddie.
The focus of HostingCaddie.com is more towards the webserver than WordPress. I have been working with dozens of web hosts, and HostingCaddie is my vehicle to share some of my knowledge and experience in that area. cPanel controlled websites as well as virtual private servers (VPS).
When you have any questions or suggestions related to topics covered here on Wilwebs, or even one of the other blogs, please do not hesitate and let me know.
P.S. This website was named WPfy.me for some time.