I began the website HomeEducationResources.com back in January 2005 as my thesis project for college and the primary reason for my continuing education (I went on to get a Master's degree in Information Systems Management and wrote a short book about the then-NEW concept of Automated Delivery of Digital Products, lol).
H.E.R. was my only website until October 2012 when my web host and software developer in Europe decided to retire. I restarted the site from scratch -- this time as six different PreK-12 websites, and this time on a WordPress platform.
Convinced by the "experts" that I needed to establish a "professional" image using a purchased WordPress theme (a website designed by someone else who thinks highly enough of their skills to charge money for their design), I REALLY shot myself in the foot! Up until that time, I had coded all my own pages from scratch using HTML in MS Notepad. Now I was using someone else's design code, and mounting the learning curve of WordPress (which now of course caters to DIY non-programmers).
Since I was quite poor, I only purchased a "professional" theme (design code) for my ONE main website -- H.E.R. -- not the other two dozen sites I eventually started. For the last 4+ years I have suffered with residual code hidden somewhere within the backend of that ONE website, like stinky little critter corpses left behind after I "swept clean" the site and disposed of that horrid code!
Literally every time I've gone to the H.E.R. site in the last several years -- not as a visitor on the front end like you might, but as a publisher/designer/coder/business owner on the backend -- I HATED IT!!! It was ugly and things didn't work. Just deleting the design I had paid good money for did NOT solve anything, in fact it made things WORSE!
Fastforward to now, the beginning of the 2018-9 school year, and after trying everything I could think of to fix the problem with the H.E.R. site (including wasting MORE good money getting other people to try), I have deleted everything off the site, all its associated files and database... and done a fresh install of WordPress -- rather like the "OS" (Operating System) for the site, so it was like doing a fresh Windows Installation on your PC.
Yeah, you get the picture. BOOM! Everything gone, fresh CLEAN SLATE.
Nice, but... WHERE do I START? right? Pick something and...
So now I am back to adding to H.E.R. almost daily again, including creating new updated visuals and using 5 simplified categories:
Featured Posts (including "Today's FREEBIE!")
H.E.R. Printables (200+ oldies, plus NEW ones!!)
H.E.R. Interactives (Yes, I'm making digital games now!)
Topics (like "numbers to 100" or "r-controlled vowels")
Offsite Resources (the most excellent educational resources)
I have a great many plans and hopes and dreams for my original site, now that I can finally work on it again. We will see what I can create with the Creator in the coming weeks, months, and years. Stay tuned!!