‘Tis the Season for A Website Makeover

December 27th, 2007 · No Comments

In the previous article I talked about designing a Adding a Little Something Extra on Your Web Design from Head to Footer. Well, how about the in between too? It’s the end of the year and 2008 is literally around the corner, so why not give your website a fresh new look. Here are a few tips to make your website makeover a success:

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Adding a Little Something Extra on Your Web Design from Head to Footer

December 24th, 2007 · No Comments

A couple of weeks ago I talked about how to Wow Them With a Hot Header. I found this article recently displaying really beautiful looking web page footers. Usually a footer just contains some copyright info, your blog or websites name, and maybe a duplicate of your main navigation and/or links to your terms of service or something to that effect. But, doesn’t mean that all this boring info can’t look good as well. A footer can keep your site visitors on your site longer if you add a cool design and some extra info like a tag cloud, or a little “about me” or “about us” paragraph or even just repeating the main navigation links.

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Redesign Projects Over the Thanksgiving Break

November 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Kemio.net originalKemio.net newHoliday breaks are a great time for getting personal projects done. I decided to redesign two of my personal sites. One is Film Tops, a film blog and the other is Kemio.net, my personal website that I converted into a blog for easier updating and maintenance. Both Kemio.net and Film Tops are hosted on one account with Lunarpages but have separate installations of WordPress. Kemio.net is the main domain and Filmtops.com redirects to Kemio.net/filmtops.

I’ve been wanting to do these redesigns for a long time now. Let’s take a look at Kemio.net first. The two images on the side here are the old Kemio.net website (top) and the new Kemio.net blog (bottom). The goal here was to make updating easier especially considering I have so much going on right now and not time to waste fiddling around with code unnecessarily. I built Kemio.net origninally using PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Most of the JavaScript is used for displaying pages from a click of a link in the top portion, blue area, to the dynamic load area on the bottom portion, white area. I used PHP to make it easier to load the navigations on the bottom right side in the white area since they vary given what page you’re on. Everything else is HTML and CSS. I had fun building this site originally a couple of years back when I started using PHP. I especially loved having the data for my “kemipedia” (random facts about me) and the links to my favorite websites dynamically imported from a database, which was also replaced with new facts and new links, respectively, whenever the page reloaded.

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