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    Default An idea to start some activity in the Website Design Forum

    Well, let me start by saying that I am no web designer, programmer, or any such person. I dabble in Wordpress, and that's about it. I was excited, however to see this forum show up, as I thought I might be able to glean some info from the geniuses on here At this point, however there isn't much to learn here...

    I thought as a way to start some discussion, we could do a thread that would basically be a repository for member websites. A lot of you have great sites, and finding them can be tedious if you don't remember whose was where, etc. I propose any member that has a website for their display (or other hobbies?) just post it. That way we can associate your username and website, and have them all in one spot. Just as we rely on each other's displays for a creative impetus on our own, we can peruse other websites for ideas to use/modify/borrow and put on our own pages.

    Anyone think this sounds like a good idea?

    Edit (2/8/12): Okay, a couple of positives responses and Dave had added his, so let's make this happen.

    www.williamschristmaslights.com

    Bruce
    Last edited by boyelroy11; 02-08-2012 at 09:19 AM. Reason: Added site link and comment

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    Default Re: An idea to start some activity in the Website Design Forum

    Having looked (unsuccessfully) for such an archived thread, I figured it either wasn't allowed, wasn't suggested yet, or I was just blind.
    Given a choice, I'd prefer to do business with comrades here.
    Good idea, boyelroy.
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    Default Re: An idea to start some activity in the Website Design Forum

    I'll chime in... I think its a great idea. Whenever I read a post by someone I usually go their web page to see there home. I have them scattered arround different reference documents in hope ill remember them later.

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    Default Re: An idea to start some activity in the Website Design Forum

    This is probably an appropriate place to post this...

    One of the most difficult elements I've encountered in operating a web site is the challenge to keep it "current" and "interesting." To do that, one should continually add or replace content, and it's very, very hard to come up with "new" stuff to make the site change much. There are only so many "how-tos" you can add. Only so many photos that are worth anything. Only so many captions you can create. Add to that the fact that the process of editing a web site is such a putsy task, it can easily become a huge time-sink which only takes time away from making your new displays or rewiring existing ones.

    Content management software can sometimes help, and most web hosts provide a modicum of such software applications, but to really change the look and feel of the site, you have to dig a lot deeper than that; usually the whole layout (style sheets, etc.) needs to be changed, too.

    I'm horribly guilty for not having kept Dirk's Lights up to date. I haven't added anything to my web site in probably a couple years -- other than perhaps using it to put a video or other file there so I could link to it from a posting here at DIYC. At the conclusion of each lighting season I have good intentions... "Gee, I should update the web site..." but the memory of spending hours and hours of photo editing, multiple text revisions as new content is generated and the resulting multiple edits one has to make on multiple pages comes to mind and the urge to update it quickly evaporates.

    I'd love to hear suggestions from folks who have a solution to this dilemma... or is it just me???

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    or is it just me???
    Not just you. It's one of the reasons I only posted my Christmas site here. It's the most current. I have one for my personal tinkering, the family, and our Jeep adventures. The last update on each of those respectively is March 22, 2011, July 21st, 2011, and April 23rd, 2009!

    I'd love to hear ideas to make this easier. One of the things that amazes me isn't websites in general, but documentation. Don (djulien) comes to mind with his projects and excellent documentation!
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    Okay.... I'm running Dirk's Lights as a link out of http://diychristmas.org where I also have the DIGWDF store, among other things like a backup/alternate chat room, and a PDF-version of the Wiki...



    (I just know I'm gonna get banned from DIYC sometime soon... I just KNOW it....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by boyelroy11 View Post
    ... we could do a thread that would basically be a repository for member websites.
    I have two sites that might be of interest to the DIYC crowd:

    • PacificaLights wherein all the gory details about my light show are stored. This site runs under Joomla 1.5.22 on a circa 2007 Mac Mini under Snow Leopard. (Why is it a dot-info domain? Godaddy had dot-infos on sale that week.)
    • DMCole.net is my blog on fiddling around with microprocessors and LEDs. I have a bunch of content that is almost finished and in the next couple of weeks hope to get it published. This one runs on Wordpress 3.3.1 also on the MM.


    HTH.

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    Nothing real special about my site, but I would love some suggestions to make it better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne J View Post
    Nothing real special about my site, but I would love some suggestions to make it better.
    Needs more cowbell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcstuff View Post
    Needs more cowbell.
    Isn't that kind of a given for just about everything? That it needs more cowbell that is.
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