October 1, 2011

Website Refresh

The Artsiness website has received a fresh coat of paint!

It may take a discerning eye to spot the changes at first — they’re minor right now.  But I wanted to take a moment to describe what I did.  I stopped using iWeb to create the site, and now everything is hand-crafted HTML.  I kept the main look-and-feel of the website as much as I could.

There are a number of benefits with the new approach, only some of which are:
  • I can now put anything I want on the web pages and am no longer restricted to the limited set of objects that iWeb provides.
  • Resizing the page reflows content, as web pages are meant to be!  (iWeb used a static page height and width.)
  • The layout is legible when viewed on an iPhone instead of being a squished-up small version.
  • I am no longer dependent on iWeb, which appears to be a dying product anyway.

There is only one single drawback I’ve found so far:
  • Updating a web page is going to be a tiny bit more difficult for me, as manipulating raw HTML is slightly more complicated than using a higher-level web authoring tool.

Clearly the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.  Give the refreshed site a look.  Please let me know if anything appears strange.