About this site

jslaughter.net is built using WordPress and the Elementor Hello Theme, a barebones theme designed to work with the Elementor page builder. Can we just talk about that for a second?

If you’re a web developer who builds custom systems, why didn’t you build a custom system for your own website?

Oh man, for like, so many reasons, you guys.

Building a design system to represent myself is a total siren song I’m currently trying to resist. What a dream project, right? No clients, no limits, no budget! So, no timeline or defined scope either. It’s a rabbit hole. The cobbler’s children remain unshod.

I started down that path, but realized what I really needed was a quick way to publish case studies and format old blog articles in an editorial way. Emphasis on quick.I could have built a design system and library and integrated it into a custom WordPress theme myself, in my spare time, in a few months. This clunky, fragile setup allowed me to stand up a portfolio in a day.

The vanilla theme, plus a few strategic plugins, allowed me to layer my own “design system lite” over its click-and-drag page builder platform. I could focus on content and basic front end styles. I’ve only had to write like, 20 lines of php. I haven’t decided if that’s good or not.

But for now, here we are. It’s littered with detached, systemless things that make me want to claw my eyeballs out. But it’s here.