Sometimes I think the techies keep making things more complicated just to keep us regular folks in line. I figured out how to do HTML, maybe not very well but well enough to create an adequate, not too ugly web page. Then along comes CSS. I never have really figured out all the nuts and bolts of CSS but I knew enough to cautiously tinker with style sheets that somebody else created. Until I was forced to switch from B2 to WordPress.
I really like this current theme a lot but lately I’ve had a hankering for a touch of pink. I’ve been thinking about switching to something like I had several years ago with an ivory background and just a little bit of light pink. Much as I like the blue and white and the lovely picture of Talimena Drive, ivory and pink is more me. So I looked at WordPress themes and found a simple one with no images. It looked very tinkerable. I would only have to change the colors. Simple. I can do that. But then I saw the style sheet.
Excuse me but what the hell?! First of all, it has several .css files. I took a look at the one named style.css, figuring it would be the main one. It’s a book length monstrosity! At first it looks almost familiar but then it goes on and on and on and on and on and… What is all of that sh… uh.. stuff?
Much as I dislike the idea, I decided that maybe I should give up and use a CSS editor. So I went searching for one. As usual with things offered for download, none of them tell me as much about it as I want to know before I download it but from looking at the screenshots it doesn’t look like any of them do what I was hoping they would do. I need one for real dummies. I want to see exactly what the page is going to look like before I put it out here on the Internet and to be able to drag and point and click and change colors and such just like using Paint.
I’m going to look a little more but I’m thinking what I’ll probably do is just look at some more themes and find one that I like pretty much as is. Either that or just forget it and keep this one. All I did with this theme was replace two images – the header and the background – and that made a huge difference in the look without having to edit the stylesheet. We regular folks just have to make do the best we can.