This particular site use WordPress and is a Blog. I am not very knowledgeable where php is concerned so modifying the code to set up a blog is not easy for me. But I keep at it and hopefully get it done so the blog will continue to work and the code will validate. While browsing the Expression Web forum this morning, I noticed an interesting post Designing a WordPress Blog Theme Using Expression Web. Since Expression Web is my HTML editor I went to read this with a great deal of interest.
I’ve been working with Expression Web for about 6 months now and I’ve found that above all other things, what sets this program apart from the competition is it’s handling of CSS. More specifically how easy it is to not only write CSS from scratch but also to modify existing code for fantastic results. Case in point: The new look of this blog. If you’ve visited before you’ll notice that I recently upgraded it from the dull look of a standard WordPress blog to something altogether different. And what will (hopefully) surprise you is that once the design was conceived (which took some time) the actual coding only took a couple of hours! All this thanks to Expression Web and how it handles CSS code.
People often ask me how to make their WordPress blog look great. In the past I’ve always told them that it’s a lengthy process and you really need to know a lot of code to get to where you want to be. That’s just not the case any more. I am willing to go as far as saying that with some basic training and a rudimentary understanding of html, anyone can make significant and functional changes to their blog using Expression Web without ever knowing what CSS is and how it works (this technique will work on any blog or other website that uses CSS btw.)Rather than just blabbering on and on about how great this program is for designing and re-designing blogs (and no, I’m not on the Microsoft payroll even though I’d like to be – hint hint people!) I’m going to show you just how easy it is to make changes to your blog by tweaking the CSS code with Expression Web.
Interested in learning more? Visit the above link to read the complete post along with step-by-step instructions and screenshots. Now to go and try it out. Happy Blogging!