One of the many things I’ve learned during my time in school is that there is always more than one solution to a design. There are as many approaches and ideas as there are people. In addition there are also multiple technical ways to create the same thing. As I’m leaving my formal classroom training and seeking out ways to teach myself new things, the sheer number of options available can seem daunting at times. For example, is it more important for me to learn Java and JQuery? Or HTML5 and CSS3? Should I dig deeper into Flash and ActionScript? What about Drupal or Joomla? All of the above, or none of the above? How do I choose?
It ended up being an easy answer for me. Several of the requests I’ve gotten for website designs are from people who have little to no computer experience, but who want to be able to update their content on a regular basis on their own. After a little research I chose WordPress as a good CMS option for these people. To learn how to actually use it and customize it, I decided to make my own portfolio website using WordPress.
It’s been a good experiment so far, and I’m glad I decided to use myself as a guinea pig because there has definitely been a learning curve. Now that I feel that I’m getting the ins and outs of using themes, the next step is to start digging in, learning how to customize it and create my own themes. I’m not sure what’s on the learning agenda after WordPress, but one thing at a time. There are certainly no lack of options!!