6 June 2012 - Revision X: Back to HTML

When I first began experimenting with Wordpress in December 2009 I imagined that it would greatly simplify my website updates, automate my code, and make everything look pretty. Since then I've spent countless hours poring over themes trying to find THE ONE. I've had Wordpress revert code changes I made simply because I switched the view from HTML to WYSIWYG. I've had to compromise on using all sorts of code I can hardly understand because I don't have the time or inclination to learn PHP, MySQL, and Javascript. And you know what? Google still indexes my handwritten code from three years ago instead of my new posts because the handwritten code is cleaner. And the formatting on my Wordpress site is still screwed up.

Don't get me wrong. Wordpress is great. It lets ordinary folks make simple blogs without requiring them to have a clue what they're doing. It also lets professionals make really amazing websites that should rightfully be called web applications because of their complexity. But for folks like myself who learned HTML at the turn of the century and just got around to adding a bit of CSS a few years ago there isn't much room to play.

It's time to go back to the basics. I've lost count of the number of complete revisions this site's gotten so we'll just call this one X. Every line is written by hand from scratch. No shortcuts. No snippets I can't understand to make fancy menus or shadowbox galleries. Just good ol' HTML & CSS from my brain to your eyeballs. Enjoy!

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