mandolin: (tomo at okinawa)
It has begun. Finally. How long have I been threatening to do this?

Lesson for the evening: CSS sucks.* (But Cyberduck is a nifty FTP program. I like the synchronize option.)

However, I think I'm liking the purple beach theme. I may keep that up when appropriate for the revamp.

Goodnight, folks.

*CSS = Cascading Style Sheets, a necessary evil if I'm going to get my website up to my coding standards after 10 years in professional web development.


Apr. 5th, 2010 10:07 pm
mandolin: (it was the penguins)
A while back I said I was going to take down my website.

Well, since I said that, stuff has been happening. Not necessarily bad stuff, but I expect to be swamped with planning from now until the beginning of July.

Since it seems stupid to take down my website when I'm not going to be able to make a dent in revamping it for three months straight, I am holding off til things get less crazy.

That's all.

*kicks LiveJournal*
mandolin: (sakaki with mayaa)
I'll be taking my website down sometime this week.

This will not be permanent. I intend to put it back up, subsite by subsite, after I've cleaned everything up.

It's been YEARS since I've properly updated my website, and I'm not so sure it's really "me" anymore. At the very least, I need to overhaul the code. 8+ years of Web programming and W3C standards later, I look back at some of the HTML from 2001 and just cringe. It no longer reflects what I want people to see when they Google my name.

Not everything will be going back up. Some fanfics may stay down or just be shuffled off into a side "I wrote this in high school, stop laughing" page. I don't know. But I need to seriously re-evaluate everything on there. There's a couple of pages and random things that haven't been updated since freaking 1998. Which is just sad.

I don't know how long this will take, and have no idea when everything will be back up. Any e-mails asking me that will get a form response to this extent.

I know this is drastic, but I also know if I don't take it all down and start revamping, I will just continue to put this off. I've been saying I'm going to do this since last April, so it's time to put my money where my mouth is.

Thanks for your patience, all.
mandolin: (it was the penguins)
Some people who read this blog know that I have a website. A website that I don't link off this blog. A site that hasn't been properly updated since 2006, and hasn't been properly redesigned since 2001.

I almost let my domain name ownership lapse, but got a couple more years at the last possible second. I realized recently that's because I just can't stand to look at it anymore.

After 8 years of Java/JSP/HTML development geared towards W3C standards and accessibility, and 5 years of grad school, I have been itching to tear everything down and start over from scratch. It's really a better solution than trying to upgrade what's already there.

It's not just the code, though. It's the content. A lot of my old fic... ugh. Well, let's face it, a lot of the stuff up there was written when I was in high school and I twitch re-reading some of it. And some portions of the site just... I don't know, I don't want it up there anymore.

This isn't going to happen until after the semester's over and I've recovered from the last semester being over oh god May 18th but - it's definitely going to happen. I'm going to be pulling huge sections of the site down and starting over again. I don't know how long it will take, so if anyone asks when [insert whatever here] will be back, I won't be able to give them an answer. I just know I can't leave the page as it is. It's not me anymore. It's not necessarily that I've matured (I'm still as crazy as ever), but... I shouldn't look at my website and go "meh."

So. Yeah. Consider this a heads-up.


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