Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Blog redesign

Sheer frivolity to spend so much time tweaking my custom blogger template. Once I got to work, it was just hard to stop. I had to get it just...right. The current template is as close to the final version as it's going to get. Perhaps a few more tweaks as I go along the way.

The whole exercise wasn't so much to come out with a new template as it was to sharpen my design sense and CSS coding skills. By and large, I think I've achieved the latter. I'm still no Douglas Bowman, mind you, but I can navigate the language much better now.

Thanks to everyone who gave comments on the look.

Blogger code is still a pain to work with. Over the past few days, though, I've managed to work out a system to modify the guts of Bowman's Minima code. That leaves me free to work with the other elements of the design. I'm fairly confident I can now whip out a new template in just under a day.

Not just Blogger but pmWiki, too. Aside from the photoblog, I also adapted the template for my wiki. I have yet to populate the wiki, but the undelying structure is all ready now.

Of course, I'm not saying anything significantly new from since two posts ago when I produced the draft of the new look. That's because my head is still spinning from working through all the code...manually. Pardon my lack of coherence.

In the coming days, I hope to document the things that I did. I hope that will help out other bloggers planning to come out with their own customized templates. At the very least, it should help ME out the next time I mess up big time. I should hope not, though.