“Something’s different here… If only I knew what!”
Did you feel the same when you entered this site today? If so: Congratulations, you got an extraordinarily good cognitive ability!
As you can see, I have finally managed to create my very own WordPress theme after more than a year. The former variants were just modifications of another theme that I liked pretty well. Now however, the site shines in the splendor of my personal style for the very first time, yes, the design bears my handwriting in the true sense of the word!
I started working on this theme about half a year ago already – under the working title “Ginchen altmodisch” (”Ginchen oldfashioned”). ;) For the first file, “schreibtisch.psd” (“desk.psd”), the Windows Explorer testifies the 4th October 2008 as the creation date. But, you know, what with one thing and another… *cough*
By now, I simply call the theme “Ginchen classic”, and it is my pride and joy. Everything is exactly to my taste, and every pixel has its sense here. Of course, it is very graphics-heavy: On every site view, over 1 MB of graphics have to be loaded, although I already tried hard to keep everything as small as possible. But since this is a private website, the visitors of which are probably mainly people with a relatively fast connection, I can overlook that with a clean conscience. Besides, I tested the loading time at Pingdom and got a result of 7,2 seconds. That is a lot indeed, but then again, it’s not so much that I have to rack my brain about it. Considering how long it took to load a website with a few animated GIFs ten years ago … :D
A majority of the pictures I used come from Wikipedia. A few are free graphics from other sources, and others again I photographed or drew and scanned myself. I will have to sit down and note the sources here somwhere, as the licenses require it. But first I need to take a breather. ;)
All told, I hope you like my theme. I am not going to share it however! :P
Here are a few impressions from the development stage:
P.S.: I just notice that my Google PageRank, which was at 1 late last year, has meanwhile climbed up to 3. That’s something already! :D