So, I disappeared for most of a year with the arrival of my son. And after I got a whole host of movie reviews up on the old site, DRUPAL started giving me glitches. It never looked quite right, so I opted to just ditch worrying about it.
But in the last few weeks, I’ve thought long and hard about what I really want the site to do and how I want to approach it, and finally came to some basic realizations.
My hoster is fine if I don’t muck around with databases.
If I avoid heavy databases like MYSQL or MSSQL, that takes a whole whack of content management systems out of the equation. Including MediaWiki which I actually managed to get working closer to what I wanted, even though it was using a database. But in the end, it was still too complicated for what I wanted to do, and not worth the overhead.
If anyone hears of a CMS developer or hoster being shot in the not-too-distant future, tell the cops to check my alibi. I’ve been working for just over two months now on my website, and only now feel like I’m even getting close to what I want. DRUPAL proved unable to handle my needs with regard to the photo gallery, so I went with Gallery 2. It’s fantastic, and works like a charm. I wouldn’t say setup was “simple”, but it was relatively straightforward for an open-source solution, and the wife likes the result, so what more could I ask for?
Well, for starters, a blog. And some static content options for my knowledge portal — something that would allow me to post text in an almost wiki-like layout. I had some success with WordPress and after a couple weeks of good solid design testing, I had a blog up and running. » Read the rest
It’s been an interesting six weeks since I started putting some serious time into the website. I’ve played with a bunch of content management systems, and some desktop software packages that design sites out of the box, etc. I even had DRUPAL working pretty well. But there were a few problems with each, and for DRUPAL, it was getting my photo gallery to work.
I mentioned last time it was the bane of my existence to get it up and running, and I reconfigured that sucker ten ways from Sunday. Nada. Don’t get me wrong, I doubt it’s DRUPAL’s fault. It is more that it is a step above my needs and yet a few of the simpler CMS software bundles didn’t handle a few key features.
So, in the end, I’ve gone with a mish-mash of software that my host provides automatically pre-configured out of the box. For those of you familiar with Photo Gallery 2, I’ve got my pictures site going under that. » Read the rest
I am finally ready to start seriously working on version 2.0 of my website. Most of you never saw version 1.0 or version 1.1, which were a long time and three web hosts ago, and were mostly just collections of HTML links.
Version 1.1 was more elaborate, complete with a great logo and menu system designed by my friend Liam. I programmed most of the details in .ASP and it worked well enough for me to set up my basic structure, but I never really rolled it out fully, as modifications were hard to replicate across the site manually.
I upgraded it (or downgraded, depending on your point of view) to a more accessible .SHTML format, uploaded some reviews, created a sub-area for photos, and most recently, handled all of our wedding-related needs such as online RSVPs and links to maps and hotels.
But my plans have always been more, umm, elaborate, if not particularly complex. » Read the rest