Dealing with the Website Monkey
I recently read The One-Minute Manager Meets the Monkey, and lately started looking at just about everything as a monkey. One of the biggest ones has been this website. I’ve been wanting to redesign this site for years, and sketched multiple variations of design and wireframes. However, working full time, having a family with three very active children, and personal activities, there never seemed to be a good time to fully execute the different ideas for this site to the extent that I envisioned them in my head.
I got to the point where the previous version just wasn’t cutting it for me, and I needed to do something — anything. So I played with various templates — both free and paid — as a stopgap measure until I could prioritize the time to do a complete redesign that I could be happy with. The problem I kept running into was that none of the templates that looked appealing would not either allow me to do the customizing that I wanted, or the customization was so convoluted that I was spending more time than I wanted to to try and get it to work the way I wanted it to. The monkey was unruly and needed to be dealt with once and for all.
I finally decided to strip the monkey down to its bare essentials. I decided to use a base child theme and strip the site to its bare bones, and gradually add some meat as I can. So for now, I’m putting in place a basic structure with a few design elements (font, color, images, etc.) and plan to build this up the way I want to, and the way I should have a few years ago. I hope you’ll keep tabs and watch the progress develop. When I get to a point of completion (or at least near-completion), I hope to write about the process. In the meantime, come along for the ride.