Changes come gradually to AdvisorBits, a blog

Astute readers and some Movable Type users will notice that AdvisorBits is now published using version 3.1. They have added some spiffy new blogging features at the same time that I had been thinking about making some changes around here. (There has been at least one post in each of the last 21 months, AdvisorBits is almost 2 years old!)
Over the years I have helped a lot of web designers get their start, and one piece of advice I have consistently given is that a site should never be published “Under Construction…” The reason for this advice is simple: Today’s information scavenging users never come back to a site that doesn’t have anything to offer them.
I am about to break my own rule. This blog is under radical reconstruction.
Starting with a redefinition of “What it is.” Most definitions note that it comes from a conjunction of the words Web and Log. Any basic and generic description would include verbiage about posts, or nodes. A post or a node of information. Like little bits of advice.
Before you is the basic unit of a blog. Stripped naked of its style, with only the information remaining.
In the days to come, for the second anniversary of AdvisorBits, I will rebuild this blog from the ground up with explanations of the process at each step along the way. Readers, clients, and friends are invited to join the process through posting comments, which in turn will become a part of the information node.
I plan to discuss the following:
Information Architecture
This is a buzz word phrase at the time of this writing. I went to architecture school, and I didn’t learn a thing about building. (I later worked for an architect in order to learn this… a little.)
These days a lot of web designers, and a few people legitimately dedicated to the study and exploration of this discipline, organize data into some kind of structure which they then refer to as Information Architecture.
How do we organize data into information on a web site? AdvisorBits will serve as an guinea pig.
Content and (separately) Presentation
And what about document structure?
In order to effectively design and deploy web sites, there are a number of reasons to separate style from substance. I will examine these reasons, and provide information on standards. We’ll also look lightly at the absurdity of our purist tendancies to conform rigidly to the standards.
I hope the new improved Advisorbits will be interesting and helpful to my readers and clients; one way you can point me in the right direction is to comment on this post. Let me know what your biggest questions are about the whole process of web design for small businesses.

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