January 19, 2003
And stab 'em in the back.
Deleted, I swore I'd redesign the site and put it up in a paid space. With a domain and everything. I was also tired of trying to remember how I wanted something handled, so I went all out and made very complete style guides. They tell me how every bit of the site is supposed to look: from what format the dates take to how wide images in the art gallery can be. I had a cut off date for making changes to the layout too.
Got it in one: I didn't stick to that. *l* I've been busy telling myself that if the site had actually been online, I would have redesigned it and the changes would have shown up on that. Well, no more changes now. I am, however, drawing up plans for the next version...
Probably the biggest change is the menu: it's not in a seperate column this time. Actually I shouldn't make that a blanket statement, because the layout of my sitemap evolved into the index for some of the main indexes and that's two columns.
I changed the way I dated my pages from "Updated: 8-9-02" to "August 9, 2002." I like it better because it skips past any confusion on which number is the month/day. I also kept the text in a rigid table, but set it off with a left cell/margin instead of centering it. And finally, I cut back on how many colors I used for the text. Thrifty.
Wow. There are more of them. And they are bigger! o.O Yeah, well, too much usability is a bad thing. When you're getting jealous of other people's sites, you kinda need to let yourself decorate more.
I put them in a flexible table outside of the main table so that it would always look like the page was "full." That's a lot of white space to the right at high resolutions. I wanted to re-do all the graphics, but there's a time when you just need to bloody move on already.
Remember that while these changes are presented in a big lump, they took place in the span of a year. * are changes made after the cut off date.
Well, that's it. I'm really not allowed to make any more changes. Really! I am channeling all that restlessness into the next version. I have design notes and everything. Now if only I knew php and mysql, I could get started. Well, I guess I'll just have to learn it fast. :)
P.S. Style guides can be a big help if you want to keep a consistent look on a big, diverse site. Of course, you have to keep them by you so you can refer to them... ;)
When I finally moved things into WoodGrove Designs, I realized I had a problem. The web design tutorials should obviously be on a site about web design, but I wanted hermitism.com to be a resource too. This is what I changed:
I've also decided the Wanderings and Poetry sections' folders will go by three year intervals. The next folders I open up there will be 2004-2006. I'm just not writing enough. *sigh*/^\