I sat down this afternoon to make some edits to my sorely out of date personal website (preserved here, for laughs) and a few hours later, I had ended up mostly rebuilding the site in WordPress.
All I can say is that I’m kicking myself for not doing this sooner. The WordPress ecosystem / community / fountain of STUFF is so overwhelmingly comprehensive that it makes it laughably easy to create a fairly professional web presence with little or no skill. I’m a living example of same.
I’ve been meaning to update my web presence for years, but I imagined that I’d have to pour a ton of effort into getting it to “good.” Using WordPress gets you to “good” straightaway- which leaves me more time and energy to get it to “great” by putting some useful content up.
I’m especially impressed by the amount of plug-ins available for previously difficult or menial tasks (like generating Google sitemaps). Importing my old (and in some cases, laughably outdated) Blogger posts was a snap, and now I’m looking forward to building out the rest of my supporting pages. I just hope I don’t succumb to the temptation to put every crappy widget possible on the home page.
One of the plug-ins I did install auto-posts to Twitter, so I’ve crossed two threshholds today- joining the WordPress club, and becoming a Twitter auto-post spammer. Goodbye, individually handcrafted bites of 140-character idiocy!