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Thinking About a Redesign… Again

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I am getting thoroughly dissatisfied with the design of my web site again. I’m looking for that right balance of nice presentation, easy updating, good navigation, etc.

I’ve not found it yet.

Simplify. Simplify. Simplify!

More and more lately I’m out trolling the Net looking for some good site design examples that capture the essence of what I’m looking for. I’ve been tweeking around with some CSS and HTML locally on my computer trying to find that magic something or other.

It shouldn’t have to be this hard!

I’ve been pondering just making my whole site a blog. One thing is for sure, I’d really like it to be some sort of complete content management system (one that would run on my web host and not cost allot, and has the features I want).

Of course this has gotten me back to thinking about writing my own CMS. I’ve started and abandoned this idea several times! I have written simple CMSes before. I used to have a site: “” It used a CMS I wrote in ASP/MS Access. It worked pretty well. I got sick of running it and so I stopped. I lost ownership of the domain due to letting it expire and some spammer has the domain now.

That CMS was primitive. Too primitive for what I want to do now.

And, naturally, that got me thinking about the Movieland Directory. This site has a CMS that I wrote. Well, I started working on a newer, better design for this site months ago. I left off working on it quite awhile back though. Well, allot of what I need is already done. So I started thinking about picking up work on this project again. The point though: thinking only! No actual work on it yet!

I think that I have software constipation right now! 😛

More about the Site’s Look

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I started doing some investigating on what I would like as far as my site’s appearance. This is not going to be something that changes over night. More and more I’m realizing that to capture what I’m looking for is going to take a lot of thought, research, and testing. Ah well.

One of the ideas floating around in my mind is having videos on every page that are ambient. That is stuff automatically playing when the page comes up, little or no sound, and displaying in a subtle way that contributes to the “feeling” I’m trying to capture.

I did a first experiment here and found as I suspected, that the flash video player I used is an actual “window” as far as Microsoft architecture goes. What that means is that I cannot overlap it with a layer… i.e. DIV tags, etc. This rules out allot of concepts (unless I learned to use Flash).

There is still allot to look into. Allot about using color, layout, etc.