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AdvisorBits: Rebuilding like I say it should be donemeanwhile four months later.
New JSW4 Front Page
The new JSW4.NET site is published, powered entirely by MT and more or less an experimental platform for examining how certain search engines look at keywords, at least compared to how I look at them.
Of course, at about the same time that I did this, MT 3.2 came out; this version has support for “basename” of a file which would save one field. In the current scheme which I developed under 3.16, the extended entry holds the base name. The changes I will make are not limited to new features, there is plenty of room for making the work I did even better.

Architecturally, there is a category (along with “About”, Services”, and “Hosting”) which I have made transparent to the main navigation system. In order to have more flexibility with the layout this section, which holds things that are not related to the main message, I would like to make it its own separate blog in the MT CMS, as the news is now. (Need to write an AdvisorBits post on RSS so that I can tell you how to get the latest news via live feeds. yada yada.)
Creating and changing the layout of the site should be fairly simple. I kept to my goal of having a brief outline for most pages, and so far the things I have sought to add all fall well within one of the predefined page areas. If you want to see how the the page is really organized, turn off the style sheets in your browser. (In FireFox: View-> Page Style -> No Style) The CSS tabs are not my creation Adam Kalsey published this technique on his site, and my CSS file credits him in the comments. If you wonder how it works, the class of the “body” determines which list/menu is visible.
The layout of the different sections or “blogs” on the the site is kept together by using template modules from the main site via MultiBlog. I guess this should be called the Gardner-Raynes technique, after Jesse who mentioned it to me, and and David who wrote MultiBlog. It goes something like this in case you’re wondering:

<MTMultiBlog include_blogs="2">
<$MTInclude module="JSW4 MainNav"$>

I think the new site clarifies my business message, which was a the main business goal, and because I made it with MT it definitely makes it much easier for me to change in the future. Leave your comments about the new site here or drop me a line and I’ll try to make the site better.

3 Responses

  1. Jesse Gardner
    Jesse Gardner October 21, 2005 at 1:35 pm | | Reply

    I like the look of the new site, John. Great work, as always. Quite a long way from the old 0′s and 1′s .gif with the sheet metal control bar, right? <grin>
    The navigation is so easy and the site is very well organized. I think you’ve finally hit the nail on the head. Good job.

  2. John
    John October 25, 2005 at 5:52 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for the compliment. I have been working on a design to get the binary background (originally from a MS Front Page theme) back into the new layout.
    Do you remember the Java applet that pulsed huge animated letters:
    “Are you ready?”

  3. Jesse Gardner
    Jesse Gardner October 27, 2005 at 9:43 am | | Reply

    HA! Of course I do. _Please_ for the love of all that’s holy, avoid the pulsing Java!

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