On Returning to Coding the Website

This week I returned to a long-delayed project — my website redesign.

Every intention I had of having it finished months ago went fell by the wayside. I lost interest in blogging in the spring. Posts became sporadic. I didn’t even mention when this blog passed its tenth anniversary. (It was five weeks ago, in case you were curious.)

When I finished writing “The Ginger Kid” I decided to take a look at what I had.

It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t what I wanted. But it wasn’t bad.

I wrote down a list of all the things I wanted for the site and all the things I needed to do to make that happen.

What I want, basically, is a magazine-style front end on a blog site to create something that’s more like a professional CMS-powered site than a blog.

I scrapped a lot of the work I’d done and started from scratch. I’d work on it here and there, coding for an hour here, an hour there. Tuesday night I had enough of the theme files put together that they would probably work, so I opened up my FTP client, sent the files on their way, and crossed my fingers…

It didn’t work. I had a couple of bugs to chase down (I had some function conflicts), and those were easily squashed. By and large it was coming together.

It’s not finished yet. I think the JS image slider will work, but I’ve not actually tested it yet. There are still some minor details I need to take care of from the list I wrote up a few days ago.

Well, one of the items isn’t minor. I understand what I want, but I’m not sure if it’s achievable.

Oh, and I need to code the LiveJournal calendar archives-style page that I created for my present site a few years ago. It was an interesting piece of code I cobbled together way back when.

Otherwise, it’s close. And it looks nice. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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