Category Archives: Webpage Development

Looking under the Hood

HappySimpleton.com Cartoon

Several things seem very clear as I learn more about using Word Press, developing webpages, and taking hold of my domain.

First of all, it’s going to be a never-ending process. There will always be tweaks and improvements and new widgets to include. I can’t imagine ever having enough time to do this blog and website justice, and I wonder how anyone has enough time to actually write the code to come up with these amazing add-ons and widgets- for free! Every cool thing on a webpage is the result of so much time and effort, from the original creator to the webmaster finding it and figuring out how to use it.

But most of all, I’m realizing that I will never look at any website the same again now that I’ve seen all that’s “under the hood.” Looking at different layouts and themes, and all this, you can see how many little decisions go into what the viewer sees. Or how much they personalize and customize it. So, just like I can tell when an Excel graph only uses the default settings, now I think, oh, they just slapped on a theme. In most cases, I actually appreciate many organizations’ websites all the more now, realizing for the first time the time and effort that must go into these interactive, multi-faceted pages.

I’m worried about my own pathetic efforts in spare minutes that the whole world can observe!