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Redesigning the site

As I was starting to make changes and updates I came to realize it was time to do a review of the site as a whole rather just one or two parts of it. When I first started the site it was experimental and I was trying new things and adding components to see how they worked and how I liked them. There wasn’t an overall goal or focus, just a lot of “try and see”.

But after a year the site has taken on a more solid shape and the photo galleries have become the main focus and the main area I work on. Because of that several parts of the site gone to the way side and because of that it seemed time to consolidate the remaining parts and simplify the whole look and design.

By harnessing the power of WordPress (cool phrase, no? :) ) I have made this the entry point into the site and have simplified the navigation to the galleries and our store. This seems to be the most effective way to handle things moving forward. The galleries will also be modified to provide a more streamlined look and fell as well as make it easier for me to maintain and update. All the galleries should be updated within a few days. The content is the same, but the look will be different.

With all the excellent plugins and tools available for WordPress it has become easy to use it as a content management system. The Joomla platform offers a lot of possibilities as well, but we’ll get into that later. :)

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Want to debug CSS and HTML?

Then you need these tools. The IE Developer Toolbar and Firebug for Firefox are must have tools if you are trying to code, adjust or rework your website. With the changes we’re making to the site I have been using the two tools and they are great! Firebug is actually a big more powerful in that you can change and edit CSS and HTML right in the browser and see the effects of those changes without changing the actual source code. You can test out color combinations, resize objects, change padding etc and see if you like the results right on the page itself. It’s incredibly handy! Check em out!

The Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides several features for exploring and understanding Web pages. These features enable you to:

  • Explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a Web page.
  • Locate and select specific elements on a Web page through a variety of techniques.
  • Selectively disable Internet Explorer settings.
  • View HTML object class names, ID’s, and details such as link paths, tab index values, and access keys.
  • Outline tables, table cells, images, or selected tags.
  • Validate HTML, CSS, WAI, and RSS web feed links.
  • Display image dimensions, file sizes, path information, and alternate (ALT) text.
  • Immediately resize the browser window to a new resolution.
  • Selectively clear the browser cache and saved cookies. Choose from all objects or those associated with a given domain.
  • Display a fully featured design ruler to help accurately align and measure objects on your pages.
  • Find the style rules used to set specific style values on an element.
  • View the formatted and syntax colored source of HTML and CSS.
  • The Developer Toolbar can be pinned to the Internet Explorer browser window or floated separately.

Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page…

Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

Firebug Toolbar

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Discussion Forum open and ready to use

In making restructuring changes to the site I went through and made modifications to the discussion forum. I started the forum some months ago, but I haven’t given it my full attention. I have of course been working on the picture galleries and this section. I have decided to try and pull the forum from the ashes so to speak and make it worthwhile.

I’ve deleted most of the original content and boards and created new discussion areas which I hope you will find interesting and informative. I’ve included topics I find interesting such as camera discussions, lens discussions, software, favorite places and even a place to post some your favorite pictures. I figure you get to look at my photos, so I made a section where you can post your own.

To start things rolling I’ve posted a couple of topics that I’m personally curious about, such as commission from people who buy your photos online and whether it would be better to get the Sigma 50-150mm or the 18-200mm. If you have a few minutes maybe you can stop by and offer me your thoughts.

I would really like to see the discussion area grow. If there is a topic you would like to see please let me know, I would be happy to create it.

You can jump straight to the forum by going here:

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