Money is not what’s needed to get a lot of great products and services on the internet these days. They’re free. The price of admission is know-how.
I am building a brand new WordPress theme to change the look and functionality of this blog. WordPress is free software that I can download and run on my own server … even on my own computer, without internet, if I wish. Even the hosting can be free, if you want to keep your learning to a minimum. Your freedom to do some things will be minimized too, but that’s the new economy. Trade-offs.
Tools used for coding used to cost hundreds of dollars. Now, free! Courses to learn how to use them? Also free. I just downloaded Netbeans, a sophisticated IDE (Integrated Developing Environment). It comes with well produced video instructions.
Even operating systems like Linux are free and so slick now, it’s a wonder anyone still pays for Windows or Mac … oh, wait … they are free too, now. Comes with the hardware. Linux users get several thousands of free apps, too. You can run Linux on a Window or a Mac computer inside a virtual machine. That’s a kind of software computer within a computer. VirtualBox is a popular one. Yes, it’s free.
I’m the type that likes to understand why things work (or don’t) as much as I can, so this is a wonderful time for me.
Hmmmm. Time. There’s the rub. It’s going to take at least two days to build my theme and get it running the way I want it to, but the whole process will be interesting and the end result, I hope, will be something I can maintain and modify to my heart’s content.
See you in a little while!