Catskill, New York, US
Also note that many of the Wordpress Template / Themes are NOT supported by IE.
Nov 14 12 08:52 am Link
Independence, Oregon, US
Ok, after some searching I think that I have found the service that you need. Checkout http://www.pagelines.com/ It is, from what I can tell, the closest to a true wysiwyg wordpress theme system out there. PLUS, all the themes you create are responsive right out of the gate(which I know you were looking for)
Checkout the Demo here, http://www.pagelines.com/tour/, and you can get a better idea of if this is what your looking for.
The one catch is that it costs $139 for the system, BUT there is also professional support and help avenues through the site that should make it very simple for you to get going. $139 seems like a lot for a wordpress theme, but its better than thousands for a professionally designed theme. Also, I have personally bought and edited maybe 2-300$ worth of Wordpress themes over the last few years - I like to change things up a lot. So $139 one time, is not all that bad. Especially since you could use change the design whenever you like using this system.
Nov 14 12 11:09 am Link
New York, New York, US
William Kious wrote:
Well, that's why you have to pick your theme and plugins wisely if you stick with Wordpress. Reviews and live demos will tell you a lot.
Nov 14 12 05:08 pm Link
NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, US
Christopher Trento wrote:
You are not wrong. I am a programmer myself, and WordPress is easy for me, but I can definitely understand how someone with no background in programming would find it difficult. I posted something about this very issue on my blog a while back. I will repost it here, in case you find it of value:
Nov 14 12 05:27 pm Link
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Oh, I'm dealing with the very same problem right now!
The photographer I constantly work with, suggested me to try EspressoWork portfolio service (it also lets you setup a website), so I'm going to try it, since Wordpress is not so easy to setup and manage myself.
Nov 23 12 06:07 am Link
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
+1 (and your blog post)
Nov 23 12 07:13 am Link
Tampa, Florida, US
The reason so many themes have a similar feel, at least in some regards, is that there are a dozen or so core frameworks upon which countless themes are built (like Gantry and Genesis, for example). They are basically offer starting point that make it easier for theme developers to quickly build themes for Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal. When you have a dozen frequently used frameworks, many designs will feel a bit familiar after a while.
That said, I think a distinction needs to be made here. The Wordpress back-end is fairly easy to learn and with a decent theme you can get a site up and running fairly quickly so that it is operational. From that standpoint, Wordpress is easy to use. It is easy to upload images and create daily content (posts) for the front end without much effort. That is not the same as saying that Wordpress theme development is easy. On the contrary. Themes are like cookie cutters, with a few easy to make base customizations here and there, but everyone who buys the same theme starts with the same site and gets the same options for how the site will generally look and function. The more you want to customize it, the more you have to dig into code.
A heavily customized CMS site means either heavily customizing existing theme code or building a theme from scratch. This is not only true of Wordpress, which has only recently morphed from a blog site application to a full CMS. The same can be said of other CMS options like Joomla and Drupal. Of the three, Wordpress is the easiest to learn to use, but the most limited. Joomla has the most options out of the box, but also the most bloat. Drupal is the most secure, but it takes the most work to customize. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, as does a custom site built in HTML/CSS.
The real question you need to ask is, which of these options will meet your needs best, not just immediately, but over the long term. While it's great to be able to make changes to a site's design at any time, it's also great to be able to add content any time without having to constantly tweak or add core pages, change menus, etc.
Nov 23 12 01:56 pm Link
San Diego, California, US
I used to use wordpress. But then I found that when ever an update happened on my theme the links wouldn't work or I would have to click up and away from the link to actually click it. After that I went full custom site. From code not dreamweaver.
I quickly learned how to design sites in Photoshop and then have a guy I know code them in PHP and CSS. I am not able to create any website the way I want it and have started doing it as part of my business model. Sure it costs you more, but now you have a one off custom site with an easy built in cms that you never need to worry about code for.
My site www.jayleestudios.com is one of my designs as well as custom coding with private galleries for clients, contact form and everything is functional and easy to use. If you want one made message me and we can talk details.
Nov 25 12 01:34 pm Link
Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom
Five hours reading "Wordpress for Dummies" was all I needed - downloaded a theme, customised it a bit.
No too difficult really.
Nov 25 12 02:51 pm Link
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
I don't care what CMS you select none of them will get your site up and running in minutes or perhaps even hours...If I have learned anything in business it is that hiring a good website programmer/developer is among the best money a businessman can spend.
Once you choose a guy have him pick the CMS he wants to use for your application...Then for god's sake (and your own)...get out of his way! Most experts can set up a photography site for very little cost. A retailing site is not much more expensive FYI.
I can't begin to tell you how many times my web guys have saved my ass...Taking a royally screwed site and getting it up and running...In minutes! God I love those guys!
If you wish to evolve your business from a point and click amateur site to something special that properly represents and reflects your work....You owe it to yourself to let someone do you justice.
School of hard knocks and nasty lessons speaking.
Nov 25 12 08:28 pm Link
Southaven, Mississippi, US
Wordpress isn't for a beginner. My site is done with it. Options are endless. But the biggest complaint is that I can't embed php into one of the pages. If I'm wrong, someone please let me now. There is a photo gallery I want to use that's PHP. I don't have $300 to put on a third party gallery and anything else I've seen just throws thumbnails on a page.
Nov 25 12 08:41 pm Link
Syracuse, New York, US
I personally love Wordpress. I have a hosted WP install I pay for. Its really easy to use once you get the hang of it. I love my blog & website are as one.
Most themes on Theme Forest are great and Really customizable if you know coding. Or just hire someone to make some coding changes for you. Use one that has good customer service and spend time reading through comments on a theme you like.
Some themes can be tricky for an average user though.
Nov 25 12 08:43 pm Link
Nov 25 12 08:53 pm Link
New York, New York, US
GCobb Photography wrote:
An "inline php" plugin is probably what you want.
Nov 26 12 01:10 am Link
Wichita, Kansas, US
JGC Photography wrote:
Nov 26 12 07:40 am Link
Syracuse, New York, US
I will say I jumped in SE ranks switching to a Wordpress site. Huge jump.
Bottom line do what works best for you and your business.
A website is super important so dont skimp even if you have to hire a pro, it will be the best money you'll ever spend on your business. A half arse website implies one will get half arse service/product. Its your first impression so make it a good one. You'll never go wrong with a quality website and business cards. Websites are so cheap now a days there is no excuse..
Nov 26 12 08:54 am Link