Thanks for visiting my website, although I’m sorry to say that it’s still a work in progress. Somewhere in the region of 80% done to begin with but after years of procrastinating with websites I figure its time to chuck something up on the web and hope for the best.
Rather than hide all the stuff I’ve worked on, I thought I’d use my first post to describe how pp.net was put together and what is left to do.
Preparing the design
I started with a rough sketch, this is probably one of my first pages of notes. Most of my websites start this way – random scribblings on paper as I start to figure out what goes where and what I want to do. For once I have a really clear idea for a design in my head and a fair idea of how to put it together.
Building the grid layout
I have to start building quickly, before I lose momentum (and give up, and go enjoy my spare time). This mentality has led to my website being on hiatus for the best part of two years. So I start to plan low-res visuals in Photoshop.
I’m trying a few new things this time around. For example, since the last website iteration I’ve become obsessed with twitter, so I need a twitter feed. I’m also trying a brand new Content Management System (CMS) to save me time when the design is done. By the time I get around to start coding anything I am too invested too much time into my design to give up and go play games. I must finish.
The weblog was an absolute after thought – well I knew that I would be making one, but I wanted to concentrate on the games content. So rather than create something from scratch, I settled for Ensellitis’s theme for WordPress.
Now hours of coding and testing follows. Alex had to do quite a lot of tweaking of the Frog backend to get to play nice with the design, that and getting the date images GIFs to behave was probably the trickiest part. The weblog was running in Frog after about 40 minutes of play on my end – and working fully (with all of the features I wanted from WordPress) after about a week. We both have other stuff to do full-time I sure we could have cracked it quicker.
Left to do
So I’m about two years late. Let me know what you think. Was it worth the effort?