First things first; Happy New Year! The year is almost four days old, or young – that is a matter of attitude, is not it. When I grew up, I was told it was okay to wish someone a Happy New Year until January 6. Nowadays, people in the Netherlands are referring less to Epiphany, than they used to do when I was a kid. Anyway, I wish you all the best for 2013 and beyond.
The last week of this month, wilwebs.com will become 1. Yes, the blog will be one year old – or young. Because of this approaching anniversary and the still fresh taste of the New Year it might be a good idea to look back a bit. But no worries, after those nostalgic moments, we will look ahead a bit too.
The Year of 2012 in Retrospective
When I started wilwebs.com, it was my intention to focus on all topics related to running a WordPress website. And since I am not a trained coder, these subjects would be illuminated from the perspective of a non-geek. It turned out that this scope was much too broad.
Narrowing down the topics was more or less a natural process. First of all, the theme reviews were transferred to WPReviewLab. The main reason for this was that I wanted to concentrate on the functionality of themes.
Some themes offer just a pretty face. Other themes offer considerably more than just a display window. Generally, at least that was my experience, this functionality or the lack of it remains hidden when you are shopping for a theme – for a great deal anyway.
That is how I came up with the idea for a theme review site focusing on functionality. Hence, I needed a theme with a review system, so that it became possible to rate the functions incorporated in WordPress themes.
After some research I settled for ElegantThemes InReview. Since the launch in February 2012, over 300 themes have been reviewed and published at WPReviewLab. For the moment, it is still my goal to publish a review every single working day.
Besides WordPress themes, I am also very interested in WordPress theme frameworks. When you know a little bit of CSS, customizing a theme is relatively easy. However, creating a theme from scratch is tedious – especially for non-coders.
Fortunately, there are WordPress theme frameworks. With a theme framework it is relatively easy to build, not only your own theme, but your own website – from scratch! Even for non-geeks like me.
Basically, my biggest challenge last year was balancing my duties as a part-time blogger with my offline responsibilities and obligations. December 2012, is an excellent proof of this struggle; I did not publish any post here at wilwebs.com – nor at the Dutch counterpart wpZaken.nl in case you are wondering. This is an omission that I want to prevent for the future. Yes, you can interpret that as a resolution.
The year of 2013 in Prospective
WordPress theme frameworks will continue to play an important role here at wilwebs.com. I will continue following the development of the most important frameworks; Builder, Catalyst, Dynamik Website Builder, Genesis, Headway, PageLines, Thesis, and Ultimatum.
Xtreme One is not a major player (yet?). Last December, this framework came under new management. Of course, I am very curious about the intentions of inSpyde with Xtreme One. And it will be my pleasure to keep you posted.
Last year, I have published “First Looks” of the WordPress frameworks mentioned above. You can expect to see some closer looks here too. These reviews will be going a little bit deeper than just exploring the surface.
With this blog, I want to share my personal experiences with WordPress products and services. But when there is a topic you would like me to cover, please do not hesitate and drop me a note. It will be my pleasure to answer to your request whenever possible.
All the best,