If you’re not familiar with the technical side of blogging, some of this may not make much sense, but I’ve just finished rolling out the newest re-design of this blog’s theme. If you’ve been here before, you’ll notice some differences. Most of the changes took place on the backend. This blog runs as a self-hosted WordPress-powered blog and I host it myself on a server I lease from Hostgator (aff link).
I recently had the privilege of being a beta tester for the new Standard WordPress Theme (aff link) and decided to use it as the code base for Life Here and There. I’ve used plenty of other premium WordPress themes before, I’ve released some of my own free themes, and most of the websites I design for others are built on WordPress… so it’s an interest. I know a thing or two.
Having knocked the Standard Theme around a bit, I’ve pretty much decided it really is the sweetest and best-coded theme on the planet. Here’s why…
- It has a nice design out-of-the-box but is super-easy to customize, as I’ve done here.
- It has a sweet theme options panel allowing you to add your own site logo, standard comment avatar, and a host of other options.
- It has built-in social media features, such as the networking icons you see at the very top-right of my site and the retweet button at the top right of each post.
- It’s cleanly-coded. I understand why the developers made certain decisions and can follow their logic to make my own enhancements easily.
- It’s future-proof in the way you add customizations via a special custom stylesheet.
- It’s SEO-friendly, and with a few enhancements, it’s really one of the best at this.
- It’s affordable! Only $49 for a single license and you can have full access to the support forums and custom styles (like templates) for just $99.
If you’re ready to get started blogging…
- Buy a domain name from eNom Central or GoDaddy.
- Get a basic hosting package from Hostgator (aff link) or I can provide web hosting for you on my server at $75 per year with unlimited email addresses.
- If you use Hostgator or my hosting, you can skip some of the steps necessary, but install WordPress.
- Purchase the Standard WordPress Theme (aff link) and upload it as your blog’s theme.
Need help setting it all up? Need a custom “skin” for the blog? Hit me up at eGrace Creative and I’ll see how I can help.
By the way, when you see a link marked “aff link,” that means if you click the link and make a purchase, I receive a commission. I wanted you to know that in the way of disclosure.