I lied. But no one ever saw it, because I found out I had to get back to Lawrence a week earlier than I expected, and then ran out of time to finish the site. Oops.
So after a slight refresh to kansan.com in January, recovering from a catastrophic crash in February, building an awesome NCAA tournament game (with the help of Jay Baird) in March, April became time to get back to work on a web project for myself, and I set the May 1st CSS Reboot as a month-long goal. I missed it.
In order to get the site running today, I had to sacrifice a few goals I wanted for launch, mainly completed “Work” and “About” sections. But my portfolio will require a separate (though simple) application, and I wanted to focus on getting the blog close to full-spec. I’ll write a bit more about myself for that tab later in the week. I’m still not completely satisfied with how this place looks, but I now have a starting point on which to build and tweak to better express my ideas.
Django makes this place tick, and a “no need to reinvent the wheel” blog app makes this place rock. Code inspired by Nathan runs the link list on each entry page. Snippets from James help protect my comments from spam. The creatively-named “django-tagging” performs the tagging duties. And some other tricks and hacks brings the rest together into what you see here.
As a simple designer, I never would have figured out this whole Django thing without the help of the vibrant Django community. So I will use this blog as my opportunity to give back whatever I can by spreading useful links, writing relevant tutorials, and in the near future, releasing the source to my blog app for anyone to dissect. This will happen after I clean it up a bit and review my licensing options. Then it’ll be free for the world to see. The more code out there for new recruits to learn from, the better.
I can say with confidence that this site displays sub-par in IE6. I’ve done all I can to make it be readable. I don’t have access to IE7 yet - anyone want to run the site through its paces for me?