Monday, January 28, 2008

New Day, New Site

When I launched the parent site to this blog back in 2003 I never expected that it'd still be going five years later, but there it is. The idea for the site was that I might be able to sell some of my collection, eBay screwed that pooch for good. In quick time the site became a repository for interviews, articles and a pile of other good, fine stuff that I was doing at the time. Via the site I met a lot of people, some good, some bad, and some are now lifelong friends, so if the site only did that then it did more than I expected it to.

When I first started it I did a basic site design, with primary colours and made sure it was easy to maintain. Everyone around me was telling me to use either php or something designed in Dreamweaver, but frankly I'm not a web-master by any stretch of the imagination - I wanted something fairly idiot proof that I could do myself. I didn't want to be tied down to relying on anyone to upload or lay stuff out - as I thought of something I wanted to do it. That worked for me and people said that they liked the site design - I guess in 2003 it was fairly fresh.

Sadly though it'd become a bit tired over the years. Content was everywhere, and as I found and started to use blogger I began to neglect my main site. I let it lie fallow. I keep paying for it but frankly I wasn't using it, nor did I want to, outside of promoting interviews on this blog. I didn't have the time, nor the money, to undertake a radical site overhaul.

Then my good pal, Jimmy Tournas, offered me the use of a program that he uses. I had to help Jimmy set up an all new site so I thought, well let's practice with a site that no-one sees anymore - my own. I went to work... and three days later I'm still at it. I've totally revamped the site, kept some of the old parts (very few of them mind you) just to keep a bit of familiarity, cleaned up the 2 gig plus of images and dead links (meaning the site runs faster than ever), reformatted it all and even had time to add some new content. I like it...I like it a lot. So, in the coming months, you can expect to see more and more content on the site that will remain on the site and not be ported over to this blog. But then you can expect a lot of stuff here that won't be copied over onto the site itself, so it'll all be good.

If you've got a few seconds spare then pop over, have a peek and tell me what you think. The odd thing is I've already had two offers to redesign sites on the strength of my own little efforts. Time is the key though. The important thing is this - if you've ever linked something on your site to mine then best check your links. If it's just an image then forget it - it's gone. If it's a page then go and get the new page extension as it's all changed. This way the leechers will now vanish...

So what's new there? Piles of stuff you've not seen, but the most important thing is that I've gone and written a 'behind the scenes' look at the book Partners For Life. Hopefully it's as interesting a read as it is to write, and I'll be adding to it from time to time as my memory gets jogged.

So visit the site, update your own links and have a poke about. There's still some more work to be done, but hey - it's getting there and I'm again fired up to do stuff on it.

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