A Quick Fix for an Every Day Problem – $99

Making Your Blog Look Exactly Like Your Web Site

Sometimes when developing a new web site, I want to create a WordPress blog to go with it. I find this a bit challenging and usually don’t even bother to try and make them match up visually. I am no graphic designer, and I have enough going on without having to add WordPress Theme Designer to my skill set. I am sure many of you are the same.

The ultimate way forward for me is to get to grips with Chris Pearson’s Thesis theme, especially around the use of hooks to enable me to alter the design of that WordPress theme effectively, (note – learning how to use hooks with confidence and flourish is still on my list of things to do).

But until such time I decided to put $99 into a new product that allows me to create a WordPress Theme and a design for a handcoded web page that look the same.

Artisteer

Artisteer - Matching WordPress Themes and Web Designs
I bought the Artisteer product last night and have quickly been able to design a working WordPress Theme and web design that I hope will appear seamless once running. The product is only in Version 1.0, and is quite robust for that. This is a good sign. Although the Artisteer web site itself does not instil masses of confidence. It does not have that shiny Web 2.0 look that so many new sites have – still – I digress.

The product, although at V1.0 has a good feel about it – you can tweak the colours of practically everything, and the best part is if you change one colour, it changes all the others to go with it. I thought that was particularly clever.

And it really does seem to produce wordpress themes and web designs that look pretty much the same. You’ll have to manipulate the resulting design files for the web yourself somewhat, so it is not really for total beginners. If you go to the Artisteer Forums you will find many happy customers plus a number of disgruntled ones who don’t have the experience with web design in general to get the product to work for them. You will need good skills to integrate what it produces into a web page.

Currently the product is on sale for 99$ (introductory price – not sure how long will be for).

The only downside I can see so far, is that the results it produces are quite dated in look and feel and necessarily, the pages produced are really all the same design, but with slightly different design elements. Hopefully both these points will be addressed in future versions. I would like something that produces a broader range of more modern looks.

Example of Artisteer Output

My husband has used it to set up his new blog which should be up by the end of the day. He is still struggling with the Code Iginiter/design integration, non-blog portion of it though. He’d never seen Code Igniter until this morning. That is despite being a Java expert, general technical whiz and one of the very best problem solvers I have ever met. Sweet.

However, his blog and his main site have been styled using Artisteer and they look the same.