Theming – Choosing my own path

WordPress allows a variety of options to mess around and create sites with. Some of the options they provide make it easier to create sites, without any prior knowledge of design, thanks to themes.

While looking for themes, a good amount felt the same, with title on the top, and sub pages located right below. Despite this, they still give a great amount of freedom to mess around with your page.

When choosing a page, I decided to choose the [Lovecraft Theme], Since it offered a sidebar, and a good amount of room to put a photo. I ended up also theming it with more of a calmer approach.

Screenshot of the Lovecraft theme

There were issues that I encountered while making the page;

  • Custom Style Sheets (CSS) and Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) allow for further customization of a page, but were locked to being premium only.
  • Despite providing Audio and Video, both of these are also restricted towards a premium account too.
  • The theme still had a same feeling to all the other themes, due to the header and menu locations.

I managed to solve a good amount of these issues in the end. At first I tried other themes too, but either I couldn’t use an image as the background, I had no way to put items on the sides of the pages, or other reasons. I ended up creating several solutions to solve these problems.

  • You might have noticed there was a song playing when you opened up the home screen. The song used is Potsu – Homesick. Its a “Lo-Fi” song. I was able to add it by using the Audio function, but instead of uploading the song, I was able to instead paste a URL. If you paste a youtube URL, it will end up linking a Youtube video instead of a song. So Instead, I uploaded the mp3 file online, and linked the song with the URL. this let me put music on the site without having to subscribe.
  • WordPress allows you to put your menu at the side. The only problem with that is you need the menu at the top. There was supposedly no way to remove it, but by creating a menu category, and having nothing in it, you could remove the menu at the top and have the menu instead be at the side of the page instead.

In the end, I managed to break out of the restrictions that held me back with WordPress, and create a site that was more unique and less similar.

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