This looks pretty interesting – Canvas:
Canvas brings the freedom to express yourself through design without needing to know CSS or PHP. With Canvas and Ink for WordPress, you can easily rearrange, reconfigure, and colorize your entire blog without ever touching a line of code.
One of the things I like about the K2 theme for WordPress that is the design basis for this blog is the relative ease with which you can create your own appearance by using a custom stylesheet. It means you can create your own sub-theme, so to speak, without having to change the original stylesheet. You could even have mutliple themes if you want, each with its own stylesheet, so making a sort of pick-and-mix approach to your blog.
Yet that still requires a considerable knowledge of CSS and PHP. A big help is the very cool Sidebar Modules for K2 I wrote about a few months ago, where you can simply drag-and-drop content elements in your sidebar without having to dive in to any code.
It’s very easy to create your own modules to incorporate in your sidebar, as I’ve done here. A far better executed and more elegant solution than WordPress Sidebar Widgets.
So Canvas looks very appealing as an easy way to employ drag and drop for the whole blog design and layout. I’d be tempted to try it out on a test blog when I can get some spare time.
If anyone tries it, I’d love to know what you think of it.
The site is still in exclusive beta, so they won’t let you have a copy until they are ready, but I’ve signed up and look forward to testing it on my test blog (I’m looking to update my own blog and create a new blog for a client, too). I’ll let you know how I get on.
I signed up, too, Lee and I will try it out on a test blog. Let’s compare notes.
Thanks for pointing Canvas out Neville. I hadn’t heard of it before and it looks like an awsome tool for WordPress, especially for those of us that don’t use PHP very often.
Looking forward to hearing you speak on the 25th.
Thanks Gary. So, see you in London on the 25th. Details of that AMEC event aren’t posted yet but I’m sure there’ll be something on their site very soon.