My website – with its new design, is now online.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been meaning to do something about the design of my website for ages. Finally I have. I was being held back by the way I run several different things I had on the site: My blog, my research history, my photos and a few other small things. Each of which was effectively written as its own independent little mini website, with a visual design that spanned all of them. Changing the design would have meant updating all the different sites with the same design. To put it another way, I had taken out a large technical debt on the site by having all the things written and managed separately.
While this has been going on, WordPress, which is the blogging software I use, has slowly been getting better, and better Ã¢â‚¬â€œ more able to handle all the different things I want to do. So this week I bit the bullet, and transferred the most important parts of the web site Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the bio and research publications into WordPress. I then spent a bit of time finding and modifying a theme for WordPress that I liked, and the result is now live, though I need to find a higher resolution copy of the banner image. Finally I have paid off the technical debt on my website. I can now modify the design and add features much much easier.
I still havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t transferred the photos, though my analytics tell me that not many people are looking at those at the moment. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m far from convinced I can find a way to integrate a photo gallery nicely with WordPress, but to be honest, I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t yet seen any photo based site or web service that meets all my requirements, so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m probably asking too much there.
As for what next, well I am enjoying writing down random ideas, but I feel that I am covering a few too many ideas, and not concentrating enough on what really interests me, which is how the various, apparently unconnected ideas can be interrelated. So IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to try and concentrate a bit more on that. Though who knows, I may well need to put up a few more ideas before I can start to show the similarities between them.