The Story of Martha.net

The Martha.net subblog (which is also overdue for a better name) is supposed to be all about the tweaks and tricks I’ve learned about designing and maintaining a WordPress blog.

It covers everything from basic analytics and visitor flow to the coding itself, pausing along the way to dip into posting schedules, color theory, UI and other design elements. For the moment I’ve been writing it retroactively, centering on changes I have already made or plug-ins that I’ve found useful.

So it was a bit of a mess when I sat down to storyboard things.

I have a lot I still need to learn about CSS, PHP, and the WordPress framework itself. There are plug-ins I’d love to write and rough plans on developing my own theme, independent of the Boilerplate that I’m currently using.

I also need to work on redesigning the site so it’s more user-friendly– I’m still not happy with the overall flow and I think I need to make the Model Horse Gallery and the Online Novels & Stories pages easier to find and navigate.

So there’s a lot to cover, but I’ve got a rough idea of what order it needs to happen in. *pokes storyboard*

Look for some posts on learning basic CSS and PHP and WordPress for the rest of 2012 and then more advanced posts, plus lots of design theory and user interface tweaks in 2013.

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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