Lately, I’ve been doing quite a bit of work with templates. The most recent designs I’ve made were for WordPress which is the blogging system that I’m using right now. Before, I didn’t quite understand templates. I was using DreamWeaver during school which made template designing a bit easier. Now I’m getting more into CSS and it’s helping out a lot.
The more I play around with the designs, the more the ideas starts to pop into my head. I just need that initial idea to get me started. After that, it’s hard to stop. There are the odd times when I’ll get a mental block and no ideas will come but usually after a while, it’ll start pouring in. I think I’m gonna focus more on the designing rather than the programming. I know programming quite well so I can take a break from that for the time being and concentrate on designing for a while.
I’m thinking about focusing most of my designs on WordPress. I’ve done a few designs for it recently and I fine it very easy. I create the PHP files that will generate the barebone system and then I can add the CSS to change the layout. The way the folks at WordPress have it setup makes it easy for any designer to get started. Installing WordPress alone was a walk in the park. A couple of clicks and everything was done. And the way they handle plugins are making things even more easier. Everything on here is fairly easy to customize. If you’re a programmer, it’s a breeze. If you’re not, it’s not hard to learn.
So, what I’m planning on doing is release my templates for everyone to download. I rarely try producing something that will be used by the masses so I hope things go well. It would be nice to see others use my work. Seeing my work being put to good use makes me feel like I made some sort of accomplishment. No matter how small the accomplishment may be.