I decided to challenge myself and refresh my website using a different CMS than Kirby. While Kirby was cool in the fact that it didn't rely on a database and was file-based, it was a bit tricky to learn the ins and outs of it. So of course, I decided to climb an even bigger mountain by going with Drupal, a free, Open Source CMS.
I didn't want to be locked into ANOTHER subscription like with Wordpress, Squarespace, or those other sites that I'll forget takes money each month from my bank account. Drupal seemed interesting, and had lots of customization...perhaps a bit too much...but I went all in. By "all in" I mean I looked for a theme that I could change up a bit to make my own. So I set out on a journey to find a few cool themes and came across the "themedumps" Themeforest and Mojo Marketplace.
I found a nice theme at MM and purchased it for $30 bucks or so. But, the download didn't work AND online support was practically non-existent aside from calling them. Even then it could turn out that I wouldn't get a refund. I put that on the backburner and went on to check out Themeforest.
At Themeforest, I found a pretty similar "One Page" theme that I bought. I think this one was a little more pricey at $45 or so. Luckily, this one actually downloaded and I was able to get things pretty much going. My big mistake though: creating a website on the actual server and not on my computer. This meant that changes I did took waaaaaay long to do, and I was trying to minimize the build time. Also, I had to "learn" how the build worked, and some elements had issues which caused me to search for support, causing more time to be wasted. Also, I accidentally tapped on a button that caused all of my edits to revert to the original (I need to learn not to press buttons to see what they do).
After that, I sad "fuck it" and decided to look for a visual editor cause I'm ready to drag and drop all day long. I previously found this "visual page builder" named Glazed Theme by Sooperthemes. This one set me back $79, buuuuuuut, it actually is pretty much what I was looking for, and should have gone with in the beginning. After a short time dealing with downloading the necessary "modules" (think plugins) that the theme required, it was up and running and I mostly figured out how to do things on my own since I was screwing around with other Drupal themes. Thankfully, this company has tutorial videos and what seems to be a nice support forum to answer questions.
While this website isn't going to knock anyone's socks off, it was a challenge that I mostly overcame and pretty happy with the results.
Oh yeah, after some investigation on that original Mojo Marketplace purchase, I was able to get in touch with the creators of the theme that didn't download and after a back and forth they finally provided me with a working download which I probably won't touch.