Well, it’s finally done! I’ve been meaning to redesign tow.com for what seems like an eternity. My old custom content management system was getting quite creaky and unwieldy. The site is now powered by WordPress, a “state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.” Updating the site in the past was a time-consuming process of creating several config files, uploading the images, and running some publishing scripts. With WordPress, all I have to do now is type the text and upload the pictures!
I hope that you like the new design. I was interested in keeping the site clean and uncluttered while adding a little bit of color and spice.
Over the next several weeks, I’ll be importing the old photojournal entries into WordPress. I don’t want to create link rot with my old URLs, so I still have to redirect them to the new WordPress ones. How much a hit would a mod_redirect for 400+ entries be? I’m not looking forward to copying comments from the old entries into WordPress. Maybe I’ll keep them where they are.
Add the thumbnails of my old entries to the list of headaches. In the past, I created these drop-shadowed thumbnails that adorned the gallery pages. I’ve since moved to displaying my thumbnails using CSS. Now I have to deal with all of the thumbs with drop-shadows in the JPEG’s! Argh! *sigh* The things you have to do when updating the site.