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Fully integrated wordpress into my pre-existing site. Wasn't easy. (14 posts)

  1. guiggster
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Tell me what you think. Because I eschewed the basic scrolling layout of most blog themes, I had to work around a lot of problems and make a lot of compromises. In the end I got the desired result I was looking for, and a pretty powerful CMS working for me.

    http://thejinx.org/

    I'd love constructive criticism, or general thoughts. Feel free to read through some if you are interested in the inanity of living in Japan. I haven't repopulated the entire archive, as it was all html before, but half of the entries are there and the the old site is still up and linked.

  2. febwa1976
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    You have done a great job!

    Just clicked on a few links and this one led me to a 404

    http://thejinx.org/media/artwork_index.htm when I hit the HOME page

  3. guiggster
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yeah. The problem is, I'm trying to integrate a php gallery (gallery2, actually) into my site layout. Until I do that, I'm linked to my old site for the media section. I'm being lazy and hoping that I set up a new media section before too long...meaning I don't want to go in a change all of my navigation links in my old site. Not ideal, and I always hate seeing broken links, but....

    Thanks checking it out though!

  4. dss
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Superb!

    How did you work out the images for each post? Do you hand code those?

    Beautiful work!

  5. devilmaycry
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Wow, very nicely done. Keep up the good work!

  6. Blog4Life
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I want one!

    Man that's nice work. I felt a little awkward looking for the next post and don't grasp the difference between latest post and latest entry on the front page but I really think you got something there. Nice.

  7. Bodhipaksa
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Beautiful! The link to the gallery is broken on the home page, but magnificent aesthetics.

    I'm another one interested in how you set up the gallery.

  8. Sphinx7
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I do not post that often. However when I looked at your page, I felt compelled to post something. I really like what you have created. It is very appealing, and pleasing. Keep that creativity going.

  9. guiggster
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    "Man that's nice work. I felt a little awkward looking for the next post and don't grasp the difference between latest post and latest entry on the front page but I really think you got something there. Nice."

    This is the main complaint I've heard, and one that I thought of when I was redesigning my site. I guess I'm going to have to address it in the design soon. The names "Blog" and "Entries" is a bit confusing. The idea of the "Blog" is something I added when I integrated wordpress so that I could update more often and address smaller issues without a main theme. "Entries" is a continuation of the main section of my site which are basically short essays with a specific theme. Does anyone have better suggestions for naming these two separate blog categories? I thought the word "essay" might turn people off of reading it, "article" sounds too professional, and "long-winded diatribes about nothing of great significance" is too long.

    I appreciate the encouragement. I used this website to teach myself the basics of webdesign. I'm sure a lot of my source code is sloppy and some stuff is probably redundant or unnecessary, but I'm starting to get a little more confident with the code.

    dss and haecceity, which images or gallery are you talking about?

  10. dss
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    There is a lovely gallery on this site, but my questions were about how not only do categories have lovely and sizable images beside them, but each post does as well. It would be a wonderful addition to the admin section to be able to load and thumbnail (or even zoom) an image for each post.

    very nicely done.

  11. Bodhipaksa
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    It was actually the link to "media" on the homepage that was broken, but that's fixed now. I'm interested to know how you set up the galleries of photographs. Did you use some plugin or did you hand-code everything? I think a lot of people are interested in getting WordPress to handle photographs better and would like to hear what approach you took.

  12. guiggster
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    dss: The thumbnails are simply an image called into the excerpt. I make the thumbs in photoshop and then slap a style class on it and throw it into the excerpt section of a new post. What I would love to see in wordpress is two excerpt sections, or a thumbnail tag AND an excerpt tag. Right now, I can't have text excerpts because I'm using it for the thumb.

    haecceity: I hand coded everything. Pain in the ass to put it mildly. I am currently in the process of bending gallery2 to my will and layout, which is...well...a pain in the ass to put it mildly. Haven't quite worked out the kinks. Plus it is way too powerful for what I actually need, but I'm already close to fitting it so I don't want to pull out now.

  13. guiggster
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I finally fit gallery2 into my site, so it definitely can be done.

  14. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 8 years ago #

    This is one fantastic site. And totally integrating the gallery...awesome.
    Not to mention everything loads quickly.
    Man I wish I had your talent.

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