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Site Overhaul Complete

Posted 2013.07.24 14.26 in Computers/Internet/Technology

So, I think I’ve just about finished up with the site overhaul. For now, at least.

When I started, the theme was all dark with lots of heavy borders and all. I had created the theme based on radiograms being stuck to a bulletin-board. It was almost entirely monochrome, dark, and monospaced.

And there were 66 static pages, a carry-over from when this was more of a ‘site’ than a ‘blog’. That was a mess of pages when it came to any updates, and navigation was crazy. There were 4 layers of child-pages, in some cases. Categories, sub-categories, sub-sub-categories, and sub-sub-sub-categories.

Last look at the old site.

Last look at the old site.

Now, the new theme is a lot more light and airey, and there’s very few lines. What lines there are, are thin.

And I’ve managed to cut the static pages down to 19. It’s more than I wanted, and admittedly there’s no way to get to some of them without the Site Map page. But I felt I had to hang on to a few of them, at least for now.

The iPhone pages have to stay because I have a few entries in the App Store and need to have a place for people to go for ‘support’ etc. However, I’m looking to move my IOS apps and support to a different domain so they won’t be in my ‘personal’ stuff any more.

The Laser pages had to stay because they’re still so dang popular. Even so many years later, the diy DVD laser page is still getting a few dozen visitors a day. I wish the safety page was as popular.

The ham radio pages were pruned and consolidated a bit. Although I haven’t been an active ham for quite a while, I’m not ready to bump them off into the archives just yet.

The other static pages may continue to exist as-is, or might get archived at some point. As always, if you can’t find it, try the search box on the right.


Page Pruning

Posted 2013.07.22 10.51 in Computers/Internet/Technology

So I’m going to keep the lighter look here.

The darker theme was ok and had some clever tricks I was proud of, but considering I was already thinking of dumping it just 5 months after creating it, the two and a half years it had were quite enough.

There’s going to be some additional overhauls happening. I want to get the ‘pages’ stuff in order. I’ve already pulled down some of the really old, outdated, stuff (sorry Newton, Visor, HPLX). It’s not deleted, just disabled. I’m going to see if I can’t consolidate the older stuff, maybe put it off to the side somewhere.

Maybe convert some of the pages into posts, so they’re still searchable, but part of the ‘archives’ rather than the static pages. Especially for the older stuff, I can insert it into the history from when it was actually relevant.

Either way, I’m planning on pruning things down from the 60+ static pages that exist now, to a dozen or less. Half dozen? Handful?

Update – I’ve already started pruning. The Visor, Newton, and HPLX pages are now archived blog posts. Going to keep at it, actually.

Update 2 – Also the Artwork and Zipit pages have been archived into blob posts rather than pages, and the Lasers stuff has been streamlined (see the Site Map.)

I was worried about some crazy broken links but somehow, magically, it’s still working. I suspect WordPress is clever enough to redirect visitors to the moved pages and posts and whatnot. It only breaks when I move things twice, so I’ll try not to do that. Any more.

All that’s left to streamline is the ham radio stuff.