Some long overdue updates were done to the graphics part of the projects section, specifically the graphics work for Symetris, some of the English Forum graphics and some other small stuff like a new section for my vBulletin development work.
A separate sub-site has been added for my upcoming marriage to Lynn. The site is designed to provide information for our wedding guests and can be found at fyvie.net/wedding.
Loads more photos added, now almost 6000 in total. Updated diving credentials and news. Entire photo section moved to a new subdomain and virtual server, though users won't really notice any difference.
Completed a long overdue overhaul in the diving section. Now expanded with all new content...
The projects section is now complete, as well as the info section. I also started a new section called "rant", feel free to check it out (update: changed my mind on that - there's no rant section anymore). I'd like to rewrite the diving section to reflect some of the more recent stuff I have been doing, and I still have to write the tools section from scratch. Since I have put so much time into this so far I decided that I won't complete these two sections until early 2006. So that's enough in the way of new content for now!
I actually updated the site as promised! It's not finished yet, but a big chunk of work has been completed. Projects: Graphics and Projects: Programs have been completed. More content to follow...
In the last two years the number of visits to this site has grown from 100 unique visitors per day to over 500. My guess is that people are coming for various reasons - but I think it is mostly to look at the photo galleries and to get information about the ExhibitPlus skin for JAlbum. Sadly this site has stayed in an "under construction" state pretty much since it started. This is a woeful state of affairs and I apologise. In the meantime I've built a few other sites, and furthered the development of ExhibitPlus, while ignoring the fact that fyvie.net desperately needed a face lift, and a bit more up-to-date content.
In the medium-term I plan to completely overhaul it and replace it with a CMS like Joomla, but for the moment it will stay with its original structure - built manually with a text editor. In order to show that I am actually doing something I've cleaned up the hideous HTML/CSS work that used to be here before and made everything XHTML 1.0 Strict compliant (see buttons at the bottom of each page). I've also moved the text into a scripting system I used to build the documentation site for ExhibitPlus (also with a text editor) so this means that updates will be much simpler from now on.
I guess the most embarrassing thing about fyvie.net is that it used frames. No excuses for this! I've now rewritten things so that the frames are history. Now I can confidently berate other people who use frames knowing that they won't come and find them on my own site :-)
Stay tuned for some more updates over the coming weeks. Yeah sure - famous last words right?...
Well it has been a while since I've updated the front page. Things have been happening however. Most changes have been more technical, behind the scenes type adjustments to the server which hosts this site. The forum has had some changes, and a bit more content. A search engine for the main part of the site has been added, as well as some indexing stuff to make things more search engine friendly. More photos have been added, as well as a lot of extra work on the script which builds the photo albums. I still have to finish the rest of the content for the main part of the site though. Hopefully I'll get to this soon (famous last words)...
Interestingly enough this site has been getting around 100 unique visitors per day - something which surprised me greatly. It seems people are stopping by to look at photos and the skin designs mainly. I'm glad it is appreciated!
The draft version of the revamped web site is finally online! More info will follow later, but for the moment here it is. Please check back in a week or so to see a version which is more complete. After this I will be adding more and small features (forum integration etc). There will also be some design tweaks in the photo gallery, and other minor changes.
For the next couple of weeks the old version of the site will be available [link removed] (in all its former glory). It will only stay up as long as it takes me to make sure I have all the info and photos copied across.
For those who ask "which program did you use to do your web site?" - I didn't. I coded everything by hand. Prior to this I knew nothing about HTML/CSS, but trust me, with the time I've wasted trying to get publishing programs to do what I want them to I could have learnt how to do this properly years ago - it's really not that difficult.