De website Aardling draait op WordPress en is momenteel al aan haar vijfde incarnatie toe. Vorige versies: v1.0 bij looknmeet (what was I thinking); v2.0 bij msn groups (niet echt gebruiksvriendelijk); v3.0 bij skynet (zoveel reclame!); en v4.0 bij blogger (zo eenvoudig dat ik eigen themes ontwierp). Het design krijgt zo nu en dan een kleine aanpassing, volgens de principes van kaizen en progressive enhancement.
Aardling.com has been running on WordPress for quite a few years now, since December 12th 2006. I admit that the WordPress learning curve may be steep if you really want to get into it. But it’s worth it in the end.
I had some experience with CSS beforehand, which lent itself great to let me customize some of the default themes I was using.
From time to time I may also hack one of my plugins, although PHP is not my cup of tea. Here is a list of the WordPress Plugins I am currently using.
Thesis Theme Design
Having used some of Chris Pearson’s designs before — notably the Neoclassical theme — my interest was immediately sparked when he announced his plans to create the Thesis theme.
I have been using and tweaking Thesis since October 11th 2008, after making the informed choice to purchase it. The results were immediate: my search traffic trippled in just one week — I kid you not.
Since then this site has evolved ever so slightly. Being a fan of progressive enhancement, minimalism, usability and information architecture, I try to keep my designs simple and intuitive. And people seem to like it.
- 31 Oct 2008: Added to the Thesis Gallery Showcase on DIYthemes.
- 9 May 2009: Added to Thesisgallery.com.
- 3 Jun 2009: Mentioned in Tabbed Widgets on MattFlies.com.
- 15 Jun 2009: Mentioned in Top 5 Artsy thesis implementations on DIYthemes.
- 18 Dec 2009: Mentioned in Thesis Design Customizations You have to See to Believe on Art of Blog.
- 2010: Added to Examples of Great Webdesigns on ILoveThesis.com.
I’m always flattered to receive these aknowledgements.
I regularly receive requests to share my ‘knowledge’ through the comments, twitter and e-mail. Although I cannot guarantee a perfect answer, I do try to help where I can.