Site Redesign Complete

Site Redesign Complete

The site redesign is finally complete. It’d’ve been a lot faster (and smoother) if I hadn’t outsmarted myself a year back. And if I was more patient.

Needless to say, I’m still doing some conversion on the posts. There’s still a lot of clean-up that needs to happen.

But it’s serviceable.

The site is now produced with Jekyll and uses the So Simple theme. I’ve made a few minor changes, but nothing earth-shattering. I’m using a mobile-first strategy, because I search my site often for stuff I’ve written and forgotten, and I hated the way the old design rendered.

The site serves up some stupid-crazy big images, so I’m using Adaptive Images to reduce the load on mobiles.

I’ve yet to get Amazon’s music player to render correctly, so I rolled my own using audio.js. You can see an example in this post. Keeping mobile in mind, the songs do not auto load. Once I figure out why Amazon’s player is taking a dump on me, I’ll switch back to it. That’s in my top 10 list of things to do. So far, it’s all black magic and I can’t figure out why it’s doing what it’s doing. Baby steps.

Speaking of black magic, I need to spend a lot of time with CSS. Or maybe hire someone who can sprinkle their fairy dust and make shit work.

Anyway, I’m happy with what I currently have. The limitations will grate on me quickly, though. Audio.js is cool, but it requires a lot of work on the back end.

The new posts are formatted with the same URL construct as the old site, so whatever you find in Google should still work. If not, let me know.

If you find a page that looks like ass, let me know.

PLUS! Because I didn’t have enough on my plate, I took this time to switch from Feedburner to Feedpress. And I managed to lose all my Feedburner subscribers during the process. Feedpress has some fairly specific instructions for migrating without loosing subscribers, and I thought I followed them pretty well, but wiskey!

So if you used to follow me and wondered what happened to me, there you go. You can resubscribe by clicking this link and I will try to be more careful in the future.

Whiskey!

Up top you’ll find the navigation bar. It’s pretty basic, again I’m thinking mobile. There’s a music link that goes to all my music-related posts. I’ve also added a scripting link that goes to all my programming/scripting links. And there’s search, which works well. I ditched DuckDuckGo because, even today, they haven’t indexed my December 2012, February 2013, or March 2013 Rush posts, and Bing swept my site on 11/01/2013. So I’ve jumped back to Google because that’s what most non-geeks use and it’s far more complete than DuckDuckGo. This is the second time I’ve ditched DuckDuckGo and for the exact same reason. The last time I figured it was my fault because I wasn’t feeding Bing properly. But today, according to Bing, it’s all upward thumbs and happy smiles. Which is accurate unless you’re looking for all my posts. Google has them, Bing (and by extension, DuckDuckGo) doesn’t. Winner: Google.

The About page has been greatly reduced. All my social links are in the footer of every page on the site. If you’re still having trouble finding me, maybe computers aren’t for you. I’ve ditched the sections listing the software that I use because they were out-dated and I never remember to keep update them.

Oh, and some posts will have comments enable now. The default is off for most things, but I’m playing with it. If it’s just a link post, informational stuff, I figure there’s no reason. I don’t care for “cool” posts, and figure you don’t need to be bothered with that pressure. For longer posts, or music-related posts, I’m going to toy with them. It’ll all be handled through Disqus, so we’ll see how that shakes out.

So, back to the coalmines for me. Time to listen to some music, write about it, dump some code, and write about that. See ya soon.

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