The idea occurred to me recently that I wanted to have a place online that functioned both as a portal and hub for my other online presences (twitter, tumblr, this) and as a networking tool for me to direct people to via word of mouth so they could get a look at my resume and portfolio. So over approximately the last two weeks, I put in the work to register the domain and buy the hosting, moving this blog to my own host as well as moving the domain name threestegosaurusmoon.com to here. I also just sat down last weekend and decided to design the homepage, which was surprisingly easy in light of the fact that this was really my first experience with CSS. The design part was easy and fun; the process of implementing the design across multiple browsers was not either of those things. Once I had a design worked out nicely in Opera, I tested it in Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and….Inernet Explorer (don’t get me started). Basically, everything was a mess, since I didn’t know from experience what to avoid in the first implementation. But I had a five hour shift last night where I wasn’t doing much of anything, as well as access to a Windows laptop running IE9, so I had a great opportunity to iron out all the stupid horrible display bugs that it imposed upon my design, which worked more or less the same across all the other browsers I tested. Like I said, please don’t get me started on Internet Explorer.
Anyway, the nap I took yesterday before work enabled me to stay up until about 2:30 putting the finishing touches on emmettbutler.com, including the automatic emailing form and custom favicon and 404 pages. I also implemented a tagging system for the gallery of my work using (for the first time) object-oriented PHP, which is actually really awesome. Sometimes, when I don’t use OOP for a little while, I forget how awesome it is. But it is really useful. This is my first website, but I’m actually quite proud of it. And, in light of how easy it was to make (took me about a week without Dreamweaver or anything of the sort), I’m very open right now to the idea of doing freelance web design for people who need it. It’s exciting. So yeah, check out my new website. I like it.
Now I’m going to go buy that Four Loko skateboard deck and maybe some old computers, depending on the price. Bye!