So, guess what I was up to over the weekend? Well, other than the usual domestic routines and sneaking in some work time, I also managed to re-theme ShaiCoggins.com.
I think I've already mentioned before that I've been aching to change my blog's theme for a while now. But, I wasn't able to find a designer who can work within my limited budget. And, with the unexpected demise of my laptop, that budget shrunk even further. So, I decided just to look for either a free or premium theme for now.
Anyway, some of you may have already noticed a few days ago that I've re-themed this blog using the popular premium WordPress theme, Thesis by Chris Pearson. It's the first premium WordPress theme that I've purchased. And, so far, so good.
I really do like it, even if it's fast becoming a 'common' theme. The fact that it's simple and relatively easy to customize won me over. You can change it to have 2 or 3 columns, change the fonts easily, etc.
My only real issue with it is that it can be taxing trying to change the customised sections, as the files needed for customisations cannot be edited in the main admin section of WordPress. You actually have to edit it offline, then upload to the web. It's okay if you only have one change to make, but it can be a bit much when you're trying to edit and test the changes. Thankfully, I found a way to make it simpler by using my web host's online file manager instead of using notepad and uploading via FTP over and over.
Another challenge for me is to understand how to change some of its functions using its customize_functions file without knowing coding language. It's a hit or miss thing - unless you find ready made codes in DIYThemes' forum section.
Having said all that, I'm still pleased with the purchase. I actually bought the Developer's License so that I can have more flexibility with its use.
So yeah, if you're reading this on the site (not via feedreader or email), you'll notice the changes I made. It's my first attempt at customising a theme in this way. It's still a bit rough around the edges, but I'm really liking it so far. The look reminds me of "inspiration boards". And, that's what I want ShaiCoggins.com to be - some kind of an inspiration board.
Hopefully, I'll get to improve the look of the site as I learn more. For now, my best hope is that it has improved the visual appeal and loading times of this blog.
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children’s book.
A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology” list.
Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.