To WordPress, or not to WordPress?
The web designers ‘personal website’ dilemma
This is a hand coded website, from the ground up; which is a mixed blessing. It does what I want it to do, and I know exactly how it does everything, because I built it. On the other hand, because I built it for myself I never got around to making an administration area (I got lazy). Instead I do everything via PHPMyAdmin, which is a pretty inelegant way of doing things, and I don’t doubt that the long-winded nature of adding to my website is one reason why I don’t put content up as often as I’d like.
Also, because the website has developed over time there are always parts of it that I look at and think ‘that could have been done a lot better’, and I get the urge to change it.
The more I use my site, the more I want to change things and the easier I want everything to become. The more I use it, the more ideas I have for it. The trouble is that now I’m a full time web-designer, the last thing I want to do when I get home is code more web stuff. I barely want to go on the PC even. So I’ve been looking at switching this site over to WordPress, which does a lot of the things this site already does, and quite a few things I wish this site did. It would mean the developing of the site would be taken out of my hands and I could just get on with writing content. So what’s holding me back?
Apart from the fact that I’d get slight jitters from not knowing how everything was working under the hood there’s also the issue of current content.
This site has three years worth of content. Over 170 blog entries, 900 comments, and 740 photos. The blog entries I can port over with a little time and dedication, but the comments would be a much more arduous task. Also, Wordpress doesn’t integrate photos at all, and I refuse to lose that functionality; which leaves me with two choices. Switch to wordpress, converting all the content manually, and then try to figure out how to write a WordPress plug-in to enable the features that system would lack, or to end up re-coding and re-designing this website all over again. Or secret option number three: do nothing for as long as I can until I get so irritated I have to spend a couple of weeks just blitzing through another re-design.