I’ve had a busy but good week. Client work is going well and ive been working hard getting to grips with WordPress development. I spend too much time on my blogs writing about what I can’t do. I’m going to try and be a bit more positive tonight.
In recent week, I’ve learned to untilise the benefits of developing websites via localhost. I looked again at my LAB portfolio site and stripped it down ready for a redesign and ran it from localhost. This means I don’t need to worry about loading my files to my web host every time I make even the most miniscule of changes.
It makes working with AJAX and WordPress development faster to develop and debug and this change to my workflow has been a delight.
Progress with WordPress development is really coming on. It’s been great fun learning piece by piece how a WordPress theme is put together. And while most of it is a still a blur I am starting to get it. You do need some foundational knowledge of PHP. Check. You do need knowledge of the basic structure of a WordPress installation. Check. Knowledge of naming conventions that WordPress uses to get itself working, getting there.
It’s mostly a case of knowing how to take a static HTML template and knowing where to cut this code and replace it with WordPress specific dynamic functions. It’s going to take a lot of practice but my biggest fear isn’t with this, it’s with making sure I don’t break everything when I finish and migrate the database over to the wider Internet 🙂
3) Adobe Illustrator
Another thing I’ve been working on in the last 2 weeks is designing with Adobe Illustrator. I’ve tried to get into illustrator a few times over recent years but it’d never got to grips with the myriad of options that the program offers. This is largely to time, and the amount of time I spend either in Photoshop or writing code in a text editor.
I have to say the new Adobe Illustrator course has been fantastic. I like the project based approach to learning we go through during the course. Not only has the project been interesting, but in this course I finally feel like I’ve been able to do things with the program. Following on from the simple instructions in the video. Now the tool doesn’t seem quite so scary.