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Postby nar321 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:00 pm

There is a trail offer, it makes things much easier to change in Word Press. Cost to purchase depends on which of two plans you want one is just under $50 and the second is just under $130.

Want feedback, is it worth purchasing? My intial reaction after doing things that otherwise require you to muck around in the word press code is Yes.

Compared to both the cost and the learning curve of say Dreamweaver there isn't even a contest, it would win hands down. But the previous is just my intial reactions and do want feedback based on actual useage.

Go to www.artisteer.com
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Postby terrapin719 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:55 pm

I guess it depends on what you want to use it for. I downloaded the free trial version and played around with it a bit and didn't really like it much.
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Postby nar321 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:41 pm

I would really appreciate your going into more detail(prehaps in a private message) as to what you didn't like about it and if you care to your experience in this field(I realize you do custom twitter backgrounds, but don't know where on the scale that is compared to trying to change a header in Word Press)Maybe doing twitter backgrounds is more difficult, fill us in.
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Postby tknoppe » Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:27 pm

Very interesting. I'll download it and give it a try. I'm a web designer, so this is something I'm quite capable of doing on my own - BUT I teach others how to setup WP blogs, so I'm very interested in it from that standpoint. ;)

I'll let ya know my thoughts after I've had a chance to play with it a bit.
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Postby lisamariemary » Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:49 pm

Robert, you can learn a little bit more about Loretta and what all she can do at her Virtual Assistant site, http://www.easywahmwebsites.com :)
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Postby tknoppe » Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:01 am

OK - downloaded & played around with Artisteer a bit yesterday. Actually, I kinda liked it - thought it was fun and could see great benefit for someone who wanted to get design their own WP template with some help. Although this is limited in your options, there are a lot of options and certainly would make your site more custom than choosing a free template off the web that everyone else is using. ;)

I think for my purposes in teaching others to use WP, this could be a great tool. Although working with those very new to WP, usually means they are also new to this type of software technology as well, so there may be a higher learning curve with this than I'm realizing. I thought it was fun - others may find it frustrating and difficult.

But I see potential in this for me to use it in my conferences as a reference to help them create their own WP templates relatively quickly.
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Postby wade_watson » Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:01 pm

Artisteer looks like it would make WP theme editing pretty easy. It would certainly be worth looking into if you frequently set up WordPress sites for customers. After much struggle with WP, I came up with a way to edit themes that isn't too hard once you get used to it, but does require getting you hands dirty with code. If you know some HTML, you can assemble a WP page in the free Kompozer HTML editor. Kompozer has a nice little CSS editor that changes things real time as you tweak it. So using this method you can easily change a color scheme, fonts and sizes. You can also change the page layout, but that can get a bit more involved. I wrote a little article describing the method awhile back:

http://twitterist.blogspot.com/

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Postby tknoppe » Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:02 pm

I've bookmarked your article to read in more detail later Wade, but it looks good. Thanks!
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Postby terrapin719 » Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:12 pm

I found Artisteer to be really limited. Of course that's from my perspective and I do know enough HTML to make my way around.

Although, maybe I just didn't play around with it enough. I found it to be easier to grab a free theme off the web, and Traci mentioned Artisteer could do a bit more .... I trial'd Artisteer when it was very, very new and they may have (hopefully) added some new better features since I did my trial.
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Postby tknoppe » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:40 pm

I agree Loretta, it's limited. I can design my own templates from scratch; but I wasn't looking at it for me using it to design templates for web design clients, but as a tool I could introduce to some of my WordPress coaching clients. For some of them, it would be perfect. Or even folks who are a little html knowledge but not enough to do a whole template, or even if they do and just want to save themselves some time that Artisteer can save them by doing some of the work for them.

I liken Artisteer a bit like Dreamweaver. It's doing some of the coding for me, cutting down on what all I have to do. While it is much more limited overall - and not truly 'custom' in the end design, it certainly gives you lots of options. Still limited though - I agree. But for someone wanting their 'own' template, who doesn't want to pay a designer, this is good for them. I think there is a market for this - it just won't be for everyone.
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