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frannosaurusrawr 2 months ago

godoggo 2 years ago


The end is in sight… 22 months ago

crazynessxD 22 months ago

godoggoBack in action

I just started working on this again today after not touching it for a few months. Set the launch date at one month from now, though it should be doable before then. 23 months ago


I missed another arbitrary deadline.

I don’t care about this website project nearly as much as I used to. 2 years ago

godoggoMy head...

Pass the aspirin, please.

Even though I started with a template, it still took about a week to get the design and code to where I like it. I hadn’t done this in years. I’m not using many graphics aside from the stuff for my art ‘folio, but those are pretty much all done now and ready to roll.

That’s the easy part. Content is harder. Today I finally started weeding through my potential sample pieces and heavily revised one. A humble start, sure, but it’s a start. 2 years ago

godoggoRaison d'être, and bitching about WordPress

I’d been thinking about setting up a portfolio/professional site for myself, chiefly as both a side project and possible nudge for career advancement. I was still mulling it over privately when someone else suggested I do it. Then I found a great intro deal with DreamHost — which is where I’d have wanted to host anyway — offering an entire first year for about $9 total. This was around Halloween.

November was busy with NaNoWriMo, so this month is website-building month. I’m aiming for a New Year’s launch date, but since the month is half over already, it probably won’t be up until later.

I’ve installed WordPress and built up a rough sitemap of what all I need. The problem is finding a decent template that A) has good navigation, B) looks clean, attractive, and mostly professional (but not corporate), and C) is optimized to display both text AND image galleries. See, I’m a writer and editor (much better than the posts I made here, ha!), but I also have some illustration skills, and I want to show off both in equally attractive and user-friendly formats.

And, of course, it has to have an integrated blog page. >.<

This would be so much easier if I knew how to code in anything other than basic CSS and HTML. I don’t want to learn a new programming language, though. I’m not very good at it and I don’t want to go through that much hassle. I can’t afford a designer, and even if I was willing to pay for a premade design, I have yet to see any that meet all my qualifications.

I’m actually a big fan of the SimpleFolio template, but I hate the color scheme and fonts, and there are some features I don’t need (like the cufon, and the slider… I hate automatic sliders) that I’d like to slice away, but I don’t know if that would break the code…

Really I just need to save a copy of the template as is and find one of those dumbed-down tutorials. Really I just need to stop whining and get off of 43 Things and onto Google.

EDIT: Okay, looks like it’s easier than I thought.
Note to self: Grumble less, investigate more. 2 years ago

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