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A Must for Word Press Beginners(Desing wise)


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Hello everyone!

Been away for a bit due to my laptop breaking the day my internet was finally installed :(

Anyway, I was re-doing my website again and although I mentioned it before I wanted to really say how good Artisteer 2 is! It ake designing the site so easy and simple! And the best bit is you don't have to know any HTML ( I must admit I made some edits to the HTML for little tweeks, but only due to my preferences).

I promise I am not undercommission by the maker or anything it is just really good, and for £30 I can't complain-there is a more expensive one, but I'm not really sure of the features.

But I'm posting this so that ayone thinking of using Wordpress for their website in the future could use this.

My site still needs a bit or work but serves it's purpose for now! But feel free to revisit it to see the change, which if anyone can remember the old design it is quite different. And it only took me an hour if that to change it all.




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Artisteer is good for the individual that wants to take a bit of control over their own site and be able to shape it without worrying to much about coding.

Caveats though:

Simply due to to the way artisteer works, the code is sloppy is may places, not so much a negative just that it may not look the same to everyone, so best to check your site in all the main browsers to ensure it looks as you expect. (IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera) although in fairness if it works in any non IE browser it will work in the rest.

The other point is SEO - Search Engine Optimisation. Artisteer does your site no favours in this regard, the simple soluation is to install an addon called "all in one SEO pack" and that will do the job.

Apart from that just remember that its the overall look it changes, there are no options to change content layout, add sections, create new pages or anything like that.

I bought the full package when it came out to test drive it, I develop my own themes but wanted to see how it performed anyway and overall it's a thumbs up and you can import your style back into artisteer when you want to change to the look around a bit.

It will also create themes for Drupal, Joomla, Blogger, Dotnetnuke and others I think so is more than just Wordpress.


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I must admit, I have used Artisteer quite a few times now, but, As the info above if you want the site to perform well you have to really hack the template produced by artisteer to get it cleaned up and the way you want. It is great though for one purpose: Quickly build a proof-of-concept design for a client with colours and positioning. But for a real client solution it should end there.


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I totally agree with all above!! Was just meaning for a beginer like myself, who doesn't know much HTML is has helped me alot! Also as I couldn't use dreamweaver with my site, I was unsure how to make it look like mine without using an already given template.

But I only used I because I am doing it myself and I'm actually learning about HTML by using it, as any small bits I did want to tweak I changed the codes.

I just know there will be alot of people like myself who can't afford to pay a website designer but don't want just to pick someone else's design. Mine's is not mind blowing and still needs work but I am happy with it for now :)