Feb. 3rd, 2011 05:23 pm
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After several hours I am finally figuring out how WordPress works.  I've been fiddling with the Twenty Ten Theme, since I assumed since it is the one you start with would make changing it easier.  Nope, full of overly obsessive CSS.  I downloaded a few other themes and their CSS is much cleaner.  Twenty Ten likes declaring classes and ids in several places, and not grouping them in ways that seem appropriate.  Admittedly I like there being so many classes, but not many of them were for things I was interested in.  I don't need 40 classes for comments.  I've been creating extra div ids to go around the existing ones to use some extra wide backgrounds.  I also wanted to fiddle with the way the dates showed up.  My CSS and loop files are starting to look a little odd. Firebug has been an absoulte lifesaver in weeding out what is doing what. 

Now I just have to decide what the theme of the site will actually be so I can create some visuals.  I want to do something with board game pieces and scrabble, but that probably isn't going to work out.  I am desperately missing when I had money for stock photos, rather than scrounging around for photos I've taken or stuff I can photograph.  I'm also not the best at coming up with the overall theme.  Give me an idea of what you want something to look like and I'm great.  Come up with the entire idea myself, not so great.  I also rarely plan out an entire design at one time.  I'm not so great at the big picture, more of a details person. 

It's too bad the WordPress posting interface throws iffy code.  I'd love to get this blog at least XML coded clean, I know CSS compliance is not happening.  That just means I get to play with opacity and all those other CSS3 things I want to try. 


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