The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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by Dave Curtis on 11/13/2010

in Ideas,Reviews,Web Site Design

Forget the candy, I want the book!
photo credit: melpeloquin

Every father who loves his daughter wants to give her special things. For me, today, that special thing was her own blog with her own name as the domain name. She’s still in high school and doesn’t know how to design a site or work with WordPress, but I went in and helped her customize the Thesis blog I set up for her on my server. Her hope is one day to become a journalist and to do photography. What better way to start then through blogging?

So I set up her blog and removed the About page and the sample post – and uploaded a custom header banner through the theme. I then tweaked the width of the two sidebars through the Thesis Design Options Site Layout section, and customized the 404 page not found by changing the text and adding a YouTube video to the wp-content/themes/thesis_18/lib/functions/document.php to make it really special. (there’s probably a niftier way to do this using hooks, but that worked). I modified the footer so there’s a “return to top” link added too, since I find it annoying to scroll up from the bottom of long pages.

I then spent about 3 hours with her on the phone talking her through the various things that can be done with Thesis installed on WordPress as she tweaked and changed the colors and then created her first draft post, and finally went into the plugins and widgets so she could learn more about the virtually limitless numbers of combinations of functionality she could give her blog.

Since I’d bought the developer’s pack I can create as many blogs as I want for the domain names that I own and have hosting for a thousand domains in my hosting account the most important thing about what I gave her wasn’t how much money I’d spent (it didn’t cost me a dime) but how much time I spent creating her a custom banner and then teaching her how to do something that she’ll be able to use for the rest of her life… and later, when I buy her a hosting account and copy of Chris Pearson’s Thesis Developer’s Pack for herself she’ll be able to diversify and experiment – and start selling web sites in NYC to businesses that need them.

Sites in NYC – even simple sites – typically demand $8,000 to $14,000 each. So why not teach my daughter how to do something that could potentially earn her money while she’s in college and beyond? 🙂

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