It’s been over two months since my last post, but I’m back…
I’ve tried to use my lay-off time to catch up on some sorely neglected web projects, and brush up on some of the skills used to make these projects happen.
The first project completed was a brand new web site for my church, Lamb’s Fellowship Lake Elsinore. I’ll blog about this in more detail later, because some of the successes, challenges, and concerns I encountered on this project will be of interest to other web developers and church techies. But, I basically built a totally brand new interactive and dynamic site for them (with graphic design help from my Pastor) on a Drupal platform. We “soft launched” the site in January, with a formal launch in February.
The second project is this one — my horribly outdated personal site. I get so focused on work and side projects that I never get around to refreshing my own site and improving its look and feel. Particularly since this site’s main purpose is to chronicle my projects and serve as a web sandbox on which I can practice new skills.
But, being out of work, and actively seeking new work, reminded me that my personal site is my calling card in my line of work. I list it on resumes, applications, and on professional networking sites. So, I really need to make more of an effort to keep it up.
The desire for a redesign afforded me the perfect opportunity to migrate my site from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6 — something I’ve been itching to do for many months. I’ll blog about those experiences in more detail later as well.
To top off these changes, I also decided to rename my site and go with a new URL (not a simple task). I’ve always used my full name for the URL and site name, which includes my maiden name, and well… if I ever marry, I don’t plan to keep my maiden name. But, this involved more than simply registering a new domain and slapping a new title on the site. I had to set up the domain aliases correctly, and update all the sites and networks I use to promote this one, with the new URL. I also had to update my feed generators and Analytics profile.
So, here we are. A new site name, URL, design, and and updated platform.
Oh, and the third project? Well, that one is still in the works… a redesign of my genealogy site.