Site Project Log

A history of the evolution of Lessons learned and plans for the future.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ok, the photo section is working again now. I had to upgrade the version of Slooze, and while I was at it I switched from using files (not very robust) to using a MySQL database (much more robust) so everything seems to be smoother now. While I wasn't paying much attention Dreamhost massively upgraded the size of my server disk allocation so I'm able to put larger photos up. In consequence I haven't been scaling them down for the most recent ones -- so they're probably larger than your screen, but they'll print very nicely. What do you think?

Upcoming project: I'm thinking of trying to build a community site for the Exultate choir. The software I'm looking at right now is the open source Drupal (at Looks a bit daunting but quite powerful...

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Yeesh, the site's getting dusty! Some upcoming projects:
1) Figure out what the heck happened to the photo display script and (probably) replace it with Picasa published pages (so I don't have to keep manually cranking out the little thumbnails).
2) Start putting RSS/RDF content onto the pages so there's some new content even when I've been to lazy to post anything recently. I'm looking at but who knows?
3) Update the style sheets to support handheld browsers (e.g. my very own iPAQ) and a new colour scheme.

Saturday, March 22, 2003

Just added another new feature: open public forums! Click on the link above to go let me know what you think... The first topic is the Saturday Globe & Mail's cryptic crossword...

Sunday, March 09, 2003

The next project is going to be setting up Anne's corner of the web site. Should be fun...

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Ok, a couple of major wins.

First of all, practically all of my pages are now sharing a single cascading style sheet. This means I can now make formatting changes for the whole web site in one place. Very exciting.

Secondly, I was able to figure out how to get my archive listings to show up on the main pages of each section. This makes the whole archive viewing process much more pleasant. Huzzah!

Next steps: trying to figure out how to make a version of the site suitable for printing (with an alternate style sheet), updating the photo gallery and guest book sections to share the same style sheet, and working out how to make sure the site degrades gracefully for users of Netscape, Lynx, Opera, and any other browsers.
Best viewed with any browser

Tuesday, October 08, 2002

I'm gradually going to start moving all of my site's formatting into a cascading style sheet. I hope.

As a first step, I made sure the main page was valid 4.01 transitional html and had properly formed css code. Looks good so far.

Now I'm beefing up the style sheet on the main page and gradually trying to strip out formatting code within the body. Useful references are the W3C's HTML 4.01 specification and their CSS2 specification. Also, WebMonkey's HTML cheatsheet. I've also created a temporary version of my homepage locally on my hard drive, but you won't be able to follow this link.

Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Ok, I'm all signed up with Now to watch the money roll in. (ahem.)

Next project: get my site up to standards, streamline the HTML, and maybe do some look & feel tweaking along the way. Here's where I want to start: an excellent and easy to use Webmonkey article on the subject.