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Hello, World!

// Published February 24, 2012 by Swati

Usually, I use “Hello, World!” only when trying a new programming language. It’s always amusing to know how many lines of code it takes to print Hello World in various languages. But this time, I mean it. I have never really had a blog (had a few test blogs to see what is this new thing people are after), so getting WordPress setup and then coming up with a logo took some time.

WordPress

WordPress installation was easy, as usual. Most CPanel’s have Fantastico, which makes it a click of the button. After installation, it’s going through the  daunting task of finding a WordPress theme followed by creating a logo. I wanted a fairly simple theme – something I’ll replace later, and Origin seems great so far. I tried PageLines which offered the simplicity I was looking for, but it’s a lot for someone who has never used WordPress before. There is just so much you can customize with them with an ease of a button – it seemed more for people who aren’t tech savvy but know what WordPress is capable of / what they want out of it. Me, I just wanted a blog where I can throw in some words. PageLines is probably something to consider down the road, considering that I am not terribly interested in spending time to actually tweak WordPress at the moment.

Making a Logo

I was curious how making a logo for a website has changed in the past…5-10 years. Do people still download Photoshop CS trials (or pirated copies) to make these logos? I didn’t want to go through a huge download of Photoshop CS or suffer through having Photoshop on my hard drive for the simple purpose of making a darn logo. It turns out a lot of websites have turned up, and even some exclusive software (not free!) that are dedicated to making you a logo. reddit’s forhire section has a lot of people who are willing to (or looking for) people who make logos for $50-$100. Not bad. But still not something I want to spend on something I am not anticipating will make me money. I didn’t really want to try GIMP, which I find as daunting as Photoshop – I just want a simple logo! I am not a Graphic Artist. I don’t want to spend hours making a logo. I wanted something I can use in 10 minutes, something that lets me write colorful text. It appears there is a new Open-Source alternative to Photoshop: Paint.NET. It’s quite simple. It did take me only a few minutes.

Hello, World!

So here I am, world. Here to share my musings on parenting, technology, married life, Christianity, finance, and being a Canadian. Oh and the occasional recipe, because I do love to cook.