Good news! I think I have finally learned enough about the slider plug-in for WordPress to integrate it into my site when I convert it to that framework. Building the sites in WordPress has proven a bit more difficult in terms of time than simply coding the pages myself, but learning each plug-in brings me one step closer to a more visible site on Google.
I only have a few more features to learn, and I will finally be able to start building our new site, complete with matching blog, a goal I have been working toward for some time. Feel free to look at my testing pages, and stay tuned for more changes to the site, followed by new artwork!
Ah, the joys of being your own webmaster.
Yes, boys and girls, the struggle continues to find, install, and configure the right plug-ins to do the tasks necessary to make our site all that it can be. In the current version of our site, I used a wonderful slider script that can use any type of content. It is especially handy for anyone with knowledge of CSS and HTML, as it uses the full features of each to full benefit. Any styles you set in your original CSS were still used, with the ability to over-ride any of them within the script.
Wordpress plug-ins are a different matter, however, as they are coded to work within the WordPress framework, which relies on a more complex usage of PhP and databases, which is slightly beyond my current skill level. To date, I have not found any that have met all my needs, or with the flexibility of the original slider.
Despite this, I’ll continue to work on making our site the best it can be.
There hasn’t been much to see in the way of blog design changes since our last post. Our work schedules, along with our recent move to our new home and studio (along with our little three year old princess) has kept us busy, but there has been a good deal of preparation in the graphics and photography that will populate the site upon its relaunch.
One of the design hurdles we have yet to leap is the difficulty Safari seems to have in displaying Google fonts. Those viewing our site on that browser are missing out on a good deal of the design and graphic work that has been put into the site to date. This is apparently a design issue faced by those taking advantage of the Google font repository. I’m sure that with enough time and research, I will find a way around the coding flaws present in Safari.
So stay tuned – there are plenty of changes to come!
In the middle of working on the new website revision, things became even more hectic when it became time to move. As those who have been following our site know, I’ve been re-working the Reincarnations blog to more closely match the look of the rest of the site. In doing so, I realized it would be wise to switch the entire site over to WordPress, as it is smiled upon by the Google-gods. I’ve learned a great deal about WordPress since I began, though I know I’ve barely scratched the surface, and have almost completed the styling and design necessary to recreate the entire site.
Due to problems with my ‘real’ job (now former real job), our search for a new home and studio became delayed, and this caused us a great deal of stress and other problems. Once I found new employment, Michelle and I were able to finally find a place with enough room for our family, as well as studio space, something we have been lacking for far too long. Though it exhausted us both physically and monetarily, we were able to complete the move, and will begin to set up our new studio space in the coming weeks. There are big changes coming for Reincarnations, and I hope our followers will continue to enjoy the new works that are coming.
As you have probably noticed, this page has been undergoing quite a few changes lately. It has been my wish for some time to make the blog look like the rest of the site, and this led to an unexpected, though necessary, site redesign. The good news is that you can watch the changes as they happen, so enjoy our new look. A new site is coming soon!
I pretty much broke our blog a little while ago, and as is my habit, began to learn everything I could about the software involved. I have decided to revamp the blog in conjunction with the next revision of my website. The studio website has both served as our connection with our clients and lovers of painted furniture, and as a learning platform for yours truly. I will be featuring all of the photos from our old blog in the future, but for now, please excuse the mess as I continue to study what I need to know for the next Reincarnations website revision. It will be well worth the wait!