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I am building a site for a friends business and it will be relatively basic but will have a blog.

My plan was to use wordpress and the generatepress theme as it is so lightweight.

I want to avoid using a pagebuilder because I want to be comfortable building with the actual code. Also my understanding is pagebuilders can add bulky unused code that slows the site down.

So I was thinking of using a CSS based framework. I figure the site won’t have much interactivity so I can always add that individually with javascript/jquery or a wordpress plug in, avoiding the use of a bulkier framework that already has javascript in it like bootstrap.

I was thinking I would attach the w3.css style sheet to the wordpress theme because w3.css is so lightweight and simple and I have been really enjoying it.

Then I started to think that the aspect that I utilize the most is the media queries for responsive design. Having css classes that resize or hide the content to display on desktop vs tablet vs mobile.

So at that point I was wondering maybe the best bet is just to make my own framework? Because it will only include the classes needed for the site? For example I never use the colors that come packaged with the w3.css style sheet.

Does that make sense or what is normal practice in my situation?

Any advice would be great. I don’t really know if this is the best approach to what I want to do, but the end goal is a lightweight website that I hand build as much as possible to keep it fast and so I can understand the HTML/CSS better.

Thank you.

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