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Lately I’ve been getting the strongest urge to redesign this site. No doubt due to the frustration of dealing with the four classes I’m taking this fall to finish my psychology degree. I have no ideas for a new layout however so it will definitely have to wait until after the new year. I thought about at least changing the color scheme but I’m going to be strong and refrain and just focus on school.
Finally, a [slight] redesign. I’ve been wanting to make changes to the front page for a while now but I was having the hardest time getting motivated. Funnily enough, it was the urge to have brown and blue as the color scheme that finally got me interested enough to make a few changes. I also wanted to have the latest photo in the gallery as a main focus of the page. Mostly because I seem to update the gallery a lot more often than any other part of the site! Which isn’t saying much as I think I only average a photo every two weeks.
The latest etnry in the books section goes on the top as well. Eventually, when I get around to adding more content in other sections (which I’m still trying to decide on) that will be rotated through that space as well.
And for historical info .... Thumbnails of the old and new designs.
Even when I think I’m done, I keep tweaking and tweaking and, well, you get the picture. I think I may be finally done. The bulk of the changes have occurred on the home page and though I’m still not quite sure about the actual content that’s going up on the site, at least now more than the site up dates are appearing on the front page. I really do feel like this could be a design that stays up for a while.
No matter my intentions, I just can’t seem to focus on this site. Instead of revamping things like I keep saying I’m going to do, I find myself tweaking and fiddling with other code. Take the photos for example. Till a week ago, they were housed under this domain but the photo pages had a different look. One that I wasn’t too crazy about so I went to all the trouble of integrating all of the photo pages to fit under the LunaNina design only to move them to an entirely different domain a day or two later. Why? I have no earthly idea.
Since the updates to this site are so few and far between I should just go old school and put a splash page up. I might as well. It would save me the trouble or the guilt of seeing that this content never changes much.
A mild spam attack motivated me to clean and tidy up the server a bit. I’m afraid I got a little too comfortable with the delete key however. I’ve noticed from my stats that a lot of searches are landing on the ‘file not found’ page. That’s a problem, but there’s not much to be done about it now.
I’m trying to motivate myself to restructure the site but it’s hard when I’m still not sure what I want to do with this space. A recent article about maximizing the bottom of a web page gave me an idea or two, but finding the time and energy to overhaul the site has proved problematic.
I did, however, find a few minutes to change the stylesheet. I liked the purple look and the header, but I saw a web site yesterday that incorporated some hearts and it hit me then that it’s been a while since I’ve used hearts in any of the designs of this site. I think I may have overdone it with the hearts actually. The header may change in a day or two but it may also grow on me. We’ll see.
The PHP settings on the server are still wreaking havoc on the site. I haven’t quite had the opportunity to fix all of the pages and sections. However, the purchase of a new camera recently has pretty much ensured that the photos section is updated on a regular basis.
The books section also saw a slight redesign last month. I finally got around to setting up a rating system, though the use is still a little spotty. I have always had trouble rating books. It feels slightly wrong and judgemental, and then I remind myself that it’s only a book and that its feelings cannot be hurt. I don’t quite believe this; regardless, the rating system is in place. We’ll see how it works out.
I’ve neglected the site long enough I think. I haven’t left it completely unattended however. The Photo Gallery and the books section have been updated on a pretty regular basis. I’m going to try to get the rest of the site up and running again in the next few
I want to bring back the Advocacy section. That’s going to take a little thinking though. The way I was doing it before just wasn’t working.
For the time being, at least the home page no longer has updates from last December.
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