Dabbling with Design
Well, I have decided to try my hand at some more web design. I re-designed my mom‘s site tonight. It is a very simple design and I kept the overall layout she already had. I made the background to look similar to the doggie bed in the header. Most of the colors from the site design are based on that doggie bed as well. She doesn’t know about the redesign yet, so I guess she will be surprised tomorrow. Don’t worry though; she gave me permission awhile ago to change things up on her site.
I have been redesigning a portion of a website at work lately too. I felt that it was badly needed. The existing site isn’t too pretty or user friendly as it currently stands. It also relies heavily on databases to generate navbars and dynamic pages too much in my opinion. While I know that databases can be very helpful and are needed for many websites, I don’t think you should design a site to generate everything on the site from tables in a database just because you can. Or rather, just because you know how to setup Dreamweaver to do it for you. (And I could go on and on about people who say they “know HTML” when in reality they only know how to use a program that generates HTML code.” And the site uses frames. Ick. Between the frames and the database-generated pages, it is impossible to link to or bookmark individual pages within the site. So I am getting rid of the extraneous database generation of navbars and such and replacing the code to instead have server side includes, which are a much better way (in this case) of being able to maintain different navbars in one spot. The current site also functions well in only Internet
Exploder Explorer 6 and 1024×768 screen resolutions, so I am also remedying that as well. I am learning along the way, which is just icing on the cake for me. I love being able to find all the answers and tutorials I need on the web.