css pretty e-course
Let me emphasize that I started with zero, nada, nilch knowledge of CSS or HTML. Now I don't know everything, but I do know enough to customize existing templates. It is a huge relief! No more frustrating hours upon hours spent just trying to narrow a margin or move the title up a little to look just right. She covered the basics you need to know to make your blog look nice. For things that she didn't cover, like adding an orange image next to each blog title, I can google search, read the CSS article, actually understand it and implement it now that I've taken the class. You can find free CSS tutorials everywhere online but it was helpful to have all of the basics in one place.
- Killer deal at only $25 for 30 day access (I did it in 14). An online Adobe Illustrator class I took was over $150 and some "beautify your blog" classes cost $700!
- It was written for Blogger, but I had no trouble applying it to Weebly
- Good pace and progression of skills (you choose when to watch the videos and how many to watch at once)
- Lots of practice exercises with coding
- It's over! :( Seriously I loved it.
wacom bamboo capture tablet
- You can draw or write whatever you want and use it in your scrapbooking!
- Much easier control than you get with a mouse
- It is the least expensive wacom tablet and has everything you really need. The main critique was that it had a smaller drawing surface than the more expensive models. I have never noticed this or wished that it was bigger. I use my keyboard for key shortcuts all of the time while scrapbooking so I think that a larger tablet would just get in the way.
- It is not wireless and the USB cord is pretty short.
- It takes practice to get used to (but it's totally worth it!)
weebly blog platform
- Super user friendly--all you do is drag and drop what you want into the spot. So if you want a picture right there, all you do is click on the picture icon and drag it.
- Really easy to have static pages (pages like my about page and tutorial page)
- I haven't seen a need to upgrade to a paid account yet, which shows that the free account is pretty good.
- It's fairly new so it is easy to get the domain name that you want
- You can't limit the number of posts on a page. This is incredibly annoying and I hope they fix it soon. That's why I've had to add the "Read More" cut off line to every blog post.
- There are limitations/difficulties when you try to customize something in HTML (not a huge problem, but a little annoying). This may be because I only have the free account.
- You can't transfer posts from another blog. I had to manually transfer blog posts from Elle Designs to this blog. Luckily Elle Designs wasn't that old. I really want to transfer my family blog from Blogger to Weebly, but this is the one thing holding me back.