Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Under construction

Back in 2003, Ron the Drummer and I agreed that Cinder Bridge needed a website. I exhausted every scrap of HTML knowledge I had to create ...


Yep. I made that.

Oh, it's not terrible, I suppose. It's easy enough to navigate. There aren't any egregious design flaws. There's not one bit of text in Comic Sans. Still, standards for such things have risen in the last seven years, and my efforts are pretty obviously DIY.

Also, I've been spoiled by the blogging interface. Type, save, publish. If I want to make a revision or new post live, I click a button. I don't have to deal with ftping a revised page somewhere. Doing it the old way shouldn't be such a stumbling block, but it is. I haven't updated our Events page since ... let me check ... June 29.

Of 2009.

Anyway. We've been intending to replace the site with something better for years. A couple of months ago, I did some research and decided to hire the work out. I'll do most of the basic design, but none of the coding. My life is too busy to waste it relearning HTML and testing everything I do in five different browsers. The people we hire will also have the knowledge to build in a content management system, which will make updating the site more of a one-click affair.

Part of me feels a little silly devoting any real time to this. We don't absolutely need a website when we have Myspace (be it ever so defunct) and a blog. But from time to time, it'll be nice to have somewhere professional to send people.


Jeff Shattuck said...

I'm sure you already know this, but wordpress seems to be the platform of choice these days for site building. For good reason, too, as most of the wordpress sites I've seen look great. You might also consider squarespace, which lets you build using standard blocks but also lets you add your own code. One last suggestion: I just discovered a player I really like at www.fairtlizer.com (horrible name!).

cinderkeys said...

What I'm doing is mocking up the general design in Photoshop, then leaving it to real coders to make the design work in HTML. This way it's custom-built, but I still get to be a little creative.

The player link didn't work. Hmm.