1. Mikari
    September 9, 2016 @ 11:56 am

    I use pre-made tools like that for work, since the whole point is to get it done asap and there’s no personal attachment. I build everything on my domain from “scratch” using only the bare basic tools (notepad) because I enjoy the process. Though I also use some tools for personal stuff, mainly art archive sites, such a Deviant Art and Word Press. Overall, both techniques have a place in my life and which one I consider to be “better” depends on the situation. I generally keep my domain DIY and use the “automatic” stuff for the purpose of displaying art and a comments section.

    I think the stigma developed because in the past, back when “page builder” was an insult (as opposed to designer) those pages actually were ugly and poorly made (and often full of huge ads). Content management scripts have evolved over time. Back then it was all very generic with few unique graphics and lacked good customization, but now-days you can add a surprising level of distinctiveness to a theme if you just take the time and pour in the creativity to fully customize it. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed, whatever route you take, you need to put in the time and creativity.

    It’s only a matter of time before the stigma is lost, at least I hope that it’s lost rather than shifting sides. After all, someone had to make the tools from scratch for them to exist, so there’s always a usefulness to leaning to code. You can make your own tools and modify existing open source tools to keep them relevant.


    • Adri
      September 10, 2016 @ 1:01 am

      I do stuff manually also as well. For me though, even though there is a new tool out that would make the building process a lot easier, a tool is simply a tool until you actually learn how to use it. And for me, I won’t be able to understand how to use a particular tool if I don’t know the original concepts behind the tool. For example, before I started using frameworks, I learned and built websites from scratch using HTML/CSS. It’s the same process with Ruby on Rails, where I first learned Ruby (the programming language) before I start to jump into Ruby frameworks like Sinatra and eventually, Rails. It would be like baking a chocolate cake, where you use the basic ingredients and follow the steps from the first to the next before you start getting into cake mixes and create the same thing. etc. etc.

      Even though there are page builders or software similar to Adobe Dreamweaver, not everyone can make a grasp on actually building a website that is functional, cleaning, and eye-pleasing all at once. You can’t use a brand-new tool until you learn and understand the basics of building something out of scratch. It’s like with art and digital art. You won’t be able to create digital art using Photoshop (for example) without first learning the drawing/painting process using traditional methods. They may not be the same medium, but the idea and goal is the same.

      I have to really give credits to CSS3 for giving us a boost on designing a site that looks good without the over usage of images and “sliced” images (oh those were the days!), and of course, minimized the basic effects like rollovers and using custom fonts and everything else (in which Javascript was used to do rollovers and we can’t even use custom fonts back then too). I think now the only images that I use are the logo (sometimes) and the background image (optional). The rest of the images would be in blog entries (when applicable). That’s it!

      It just irks me when one person calls another person a “fake” or a “cheater” web developer or whatever simply because that other person uses tools and he uses them properly. It’s all just a matter of preference. :)
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  2. Christa
    September 13, 2016 @ 11:50 am

    Those people drive me nuts. It also seems as if they look down on those of us who have been around and know what it’s like to have no wordpress – which all of these ranting people use…isn’t that “cheating”? haha. We also all learn in different ways. Some people are visual and some people are more of a hands on learning – ie: taking a code (or whatever) apart to see what each item does. I see nothing wrong with doing your site how you want – if you want to use premade things, go for it. I know it makes things easier when you have a lot going on in life but you want a change to your blog. Sometimes it feels good to be able to change thing quickly, give yourself a bit of a creative break.
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    • Adri
      September 14, 2016 @ 7:03 pm

      My first-ever blog (from some 10+ yrs ago) was manually coded because I didn’t understand basic blog templating (namely with Blogger, the first (?) and only (?) blogging engine that existed back then. I think that was around 1999-2000 LOL). My second blog was powered by Blogger after understanding it, followed by Greymatter (good ol’ Perl/CGI) and then Movable Type. I dabbled with b2 (predecessor of WordPress) before, but I was brand-new to PHP and their templating system was confusing. It wasn’t until I finally “succumbed” to WordPress (it was version 1.5 or something when I first used it) and struggled with re-designing the default template LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by Christa, really appreciate it. :)
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  3. Jamie
    September 21, 2016 @ 10:26 pm

    I know I’m rather late on this post, but better late than never, right?

    Like Christa, I hate those types of peoples who think they’re the only ones who can code something and the rest of us have stolen code from them. It makes me wonder how they learned how to code in the first place? Did they forget that they probably have learned how to code the same way as the rest of us? From others?! Honestly, it’s just that circle that makes me nuts and not only that I find it laughable.

    In the past, I used to blog manually through notepad then upload it to Greymatter or whatever I was blogging with at the time. I love learning and honestly if someone has a certain thing that is cool, I’m going to learn it. A LOT of my friends who were once upon a time bloggers, have all told me they would look at someone’s source code and learn that way. Honestly, that is the way I had learned, except I would be bitched at and called a thief. Oh freaking well, if I’m a thief than we’re all thieves, right?
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  4. Kate
    September 23, 2016 @ 6:31 pm

    Wow, it is empowering to know someone I can relate to in terms of topics like this. This post just made me visit your creatives journal. :D


    • Adri
      September 23, 2016 @ 7:44 pm

      Hello and welcome Kate, and thank you. I’m semi-inactive with just blogging in general but I try to keep up. Keep in touch when you can. :)
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