The Making of helpshAck v2.0
05/18/2009 05:41 PM
A redesign of this website has been in the works for 4 years but had to wait until my children were a bit older. I’ve had time to think about how I wanted version 1.0 to evolve. At the top of the list was that it had to be accessible and pass the guidelines that w3c established for web standards. Next, it had to run off a CMS (Content Management System). Third, I wanted a blog.
This was not a small order. I had to learn many new things in designing the site you are currently viewing. I had to validate my pages along the way and learn to self-close tags and be well, less sloppy, in writing my xhtml. Third, I had to figure out how to actually use the CMS which took a paradigm shift from thinking about building my sites using static pages to using dynamic ones that interchanged information with txp tags.
When deciding on which CMS to use, I narrowed it down to two options: Textpattern and WordPress. Although I saw many beautiful websites running off of Expression Engine, I wanted something that was open source (i.e. free). A good read was Textpattern versus Wordpress which gave a thorough comparison of the two CMS's. Sites such as Hicks Design and Pull and Press were inspiring Textpattern examples while Stopdesign and ten24media were good billboards for WordPress.
I finally chose Textpattern (TXP) because of its reputed great web forum. I knew I would have lots of questions along the way and wanted a good support network to help me muddle through it all. This assumption proved true. I posted many questions (good and bad) and they were answered politely and quickly. This helped me to not get discouraged when I had troubles learning how to use txp tags.
Now that I have used TXP and feel more comfortable with building a blog I would like to experiment with WordPress. Then I could fairly compare the two for myself. I would like, specifically, to know which one would be easier for a non-technical client to update on their own. I guess this will be my next project.
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