Last week I made mention that “to do your own coding for your site will really help you along”. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that my post was going nowhere towards the advancement of my readers Blogs last week until close to the end. ( Excuse me the cat has just jumped up on the table and is chasing the cursor around on the screen. Oh joy, now lying down on the keyboard itself. Yeah, that looks comfortable, I’ve thought of doing that myself on occasion) ……………….. now where was I ?
Code in and of itself is rather boring. I don’t think anyone really digs code. The problem being, ( for the most part ) that folks still have to write and view every single line of it. The only magic in code is the speed of execution. You can do some cool things now-a-days with code, but by and large folks just want to write it and go; it’s kinda like a chore. Browsers aren’t so orientated. Browsers feed off the garbage.
When doing code, I write it in an editor. I don’t use any type of WYSIWYG type of software. I write code just like I write a post for my Blog, I start off with a title and go from there. I strongly urge you to do the same thing ( at least with your Blog anyway ). Now you won’t need an editor for your use on your Blog, but you should use raw code that you write.
WordPress and Theme designers are always looking for ways to remove the coding efforts from your concern. However, we are still a number of years away from having a solid solution to this challenge. Also, with the removing of the chore of writing code the designers of software and themes continue to “BLOAT” their own products.
I say do as much coding as you can on your own and keep it as clean and simple as possible. To this end, you really don’t need to know a ton of code to get this done. Unfortunately when I Googled for solutions, I came up with a ton of useless pages. I have an E-Book I’m working on “The Bloggers Market Guide To HTML For Bloggers”, but I’m afraid I’m only about half way through the work. So for now just the meat and potatoes.
First know this; when you write your code, you can’t assume that you are all set. Everyone else can’t seem to get the job done. So all of those affiliate links you have on your site, guess what … you are going to have to re-write about 95 % of them. Youtube code is the worse code of all. I can’t get it to validate no matter what I do. So I don’t carry very much of it on this site and certainly none of the homepage.
I can see where this post is going …….. and I really did not mean for this to happen. But such is the nature of code. I have yet to even mention “Good Form” for your code and other considerations. So, as I am fond of saying …….. “we’ll look at that next week”.