New projects – WordPress-based websites

Ok, looks like the AWS stuff won’t be happening anymore. Just didn’t have the energy to keep going on a new project of that scale. So now what?

Well, my son has a band, and it is very good. Good enough to make it to the big times if one can believe what almost anyone who hears them says. So, to help get his band going, I’m improving their current website, and building new ones.

By the way, the band is called IVORY DRIVE, and the main web site is

Guess what? After a bunch of research and design, I’ve decided that the very best way to build a website these days is with WordPress. Really! While it is blog oriented, you can really build that is completely page oriented with no blog at all if you want. A jillion add-ons are available, and it is pretty easy to find or create a site style template to get exactly the look you want.

My current mini-project, for example, is converting which is currently a hand-built site with Dreamweaver to a WordPress based site. The band likes it style, and the main effort will be creating a custom WP theme that matches exactly the original. I think it will be entirely possible to do that. That’s how flexible WP is. And after that, it will be much easier to maintain the web site.

In order to do that, I’m going to make things a littler more complicated than I need to – partly just to keep up with things. In order to make it easier to develop the new theme, I’m going to rebuild my testing server from scratch.

My development environment is a Mac with VMWare Fusion and a bunch of VMs. I’ve had a testing server built before, but for reasons I can’t easily figure out, PHP has quit working, and it is an old version of Ubuntu. So rather than upgrade, I’m starting from scratch. And I’m going to document that in upcoming posts.

Just a quick note – after 30 years of software development, I’ve found what I think is the perfect development platform for any web based software: A Mac Pro, VMWare Fusion with VMs for every OS I need to support, Komodo IDE, and a Ubuntu Desktop/Server LAMP environment. I’ll talk about that later, but next is getting a fresh Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop/Server up and configured.

About brucewampler

I've had a long and varied careen in the computer industry. I taught computer science at the University of New Mexico for nearly 15 years. I founded two successful computer software companies. I wrote the first spelling checker and first grammar checkers for personal computers. I've lived in Glenwood Springs for 10 years. My wife, Trina, grew up here, and I've been coming to Glenwood since 1977. My kids have attended the local public schools, and have had a great experience. My son, Van, will be attending the University of Colorado starting in the fall of 2007, and my daughter is a Sophomore at Glenwood Springs High School. I've been on the Roaring Fork School District Board of Education for almost 5 years. Working with our kids, teachers, schools, principals, administrators, and the Roaring Fork community has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.
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1 Response to New projects – WordPress-based websites

  1. Builder says:

    Great article, thanks for the information.

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