All EE WordPress experts,
I have an existing website at http://www.autosubrogate.com
that was created with a website creation tool called Trellix on Earthlink web hosting service. I want to replace it with a WordPress created website. Earthlink provides WordPress with MySQL as an installable option, which I have already done, along with others like Joomla or EasySiteOptimizer. I want to continue using Earthlink. I plan to retain most of the content now on http://www.autosubrogate.com
. Pretty much page for page with some additional pages that I have in mind. The pages will just look more professional. My motivation is that I want to make the website look more professional, and I want to add blog functionality. I want all of my blog posts listed in a table on a single web page with selectable by drop down list of categories including "All" and "General"; Date of posts as YYYY-MM-DD; and the post titles. I want users to be able to "post" and "comment" with my approval. I want users to be able to double click the title or date and have the post with comments open up in another browser tab. Of course I will be moderating the posts and comments. At a local WordPress user group meeting somebody suggested that I just use Genesis. If that really is my best option, I'll use it. I don't plan to build websites for anybody else but myself. I know that Genesis is a great tool for those who make a living by building websites for others. But I suspect it may be overkill for what I want to do. I visited their website and saw where I could get started with Genesis for just $59. But what else will I have to buy from them at higher prices? I have looked at a general purpose theme named The7 from ThemeForest.net which was suggested to me by an instructor at a local junior college continuing education class I took who loves it. As the blog posts age I would I would like to be able to move them into an Archive by the year. Those wanting to review archived posts would click the year they are interested in to get a list of all posts for that year in a table like the one described above. The display and interaction with the posts and comments would be the same as described above except further comments might be blocked. I haven't decided yet about allowing comments on archived posts.
It would be great if I could get started with what I really need to do the job. I want to avoid having to discard some components because I bought the wrong thing. I want what I want without compromise. That is one reason I am doing this myself. Plus I'll be performing all the maintenance. Of course I would like to know the least amount about WordPress possible because I am really a client-server kind of guy -- not a web kind of guy. I am also one of those kind of guys that will do whatever it takes to make my project a success as long as I don't have to kill anybody. That is my only limitation.
Most of the themes that I have looked at thus far have a fixed number of columns -- usually from one to four. I want to have a variable number of columns depending on the web page I am composing. I want optional left and right side bars of developer defined width; A horizontal drop down menu at the top with sub-menus expanding to the side as needed under a banner; a footer that is the same on all web pages. I am aware that I get only one theme for the whole website so it better be a good one. Is all that too much to ask for? I hope not. Suggestions for useful plug-ins are welcome. I expect to have Yoast's SEO plug-in at a minimum. Links to useful articles or videos are also welcome as an answer.
Thank you for taking the time to read my dream sheet.