I’m driven to despair by the allegedly user-friendly advice available on WordPress about how to make sites look good (Themes, Headers, Widgets….). They should have a dictionary for Luddites, just to translate what all those words mean.
Here is what I’m trying to achieve:
At some point this summer, I’d like to change the look and feel of this site, to make it a “book site”, but with an active blog.
Aesthetically, I believe in sleek minimalism. This, in my opinion, is an unsurpassable book site.
One option is to get a web designer. But that seems over the top, given that I would want that designer to do the minimum (that’s what minimalism is, after all). And WordPress has so many themes and options available, my answer must already exist somewhere here.
If I stay with WordPress, I must choose a Theme. But the “filter” in the Themes Menu is beyond me.
Ideally, I’d get rid of all the junk on the right. As in: No side-bar at all.
So allow me to poll you:
Ideally, I’d also have no horizontal picture (apparently it’s called Header) at the top either. I’d love to have just the picture of my book jacket in the top right.
Depending on how you guys answer in the poll above, I’d especially love to banish the ugly Categories and Tags clouds to some dedicated “navigation” page. After all, who knows what Categories and Tags even are? I didn’t, when I started this blog. I wish I’d never started a single Category, and instead called them all Tags. (Changing it now, I believe, would break all incoming links.) I only use Tags as a simplified Index for myself (when, say, I want to see all the posts I’ve written about Socrates.)
Anyhoo, do weigh in, if you have opinions …