One of the most exciting moments in developing a web site is when you take the "bones" and apply the "skin." After working on the ugly but functioning version of the site for so long now, I decided to do just that, and today began implementing the visual design the I recently wrapped up.
From a technical standpoint, the design is completely CSS-based now, so performing the actual integration is simple. I do need to go back through and clean up the markup a bit, but the pieces for the look-and-feel are essentially in place.
The home page, map browsing and map detail sections were already largely functionally complete, so this change REALLY made a huge difference in how the site appears to be progressing.
I also did some work on the administrative tool set — the behind-the-scenes pages that help me manage the site. Version 1.0 never really had a complete set of tools and unfortunately this has forced me to do a lot of manual database work. In addition to making management much easier, the new administrative section will also make it possible for me to allow other staff members to help with things they've not been able to in the past (map approvals, user-management, adding game systems, etc).
It's slowly becoming painful to use v1.0 of the site :) Can't wait to show the new site to you all.
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At 9:06 AM, Firefly said…
And we can't wait to use it. I noticed you posted that at nearly 4 in the morning. There's dedication for you :D
At 3:53 PM, John said…
I have a tendency to work early into the wee hours of the morning. Time seems to fly when I'm deep into working on projects I love, and before I know it ... it's 4am and I'm forcing myself to go to sleep.