New Site

September 30, 2007 at 3:57 am

As you can see I've finally updated the website. I've made mock ups a few times but figured the only way I'd ever actually use it is if I actually implement it. Because of that, a lot of content is still missing. I've kept the main items active (mainly the pc name maker). If you're trying to access something that doesn't work anymore, try back again later. If you really need something you may contact me and I'll see what I can do.

So what's changed? pretty much everything. The old site had a very old look to it. All the dynamic content was done using server side includes which worked fine at the time. Now, everything has moved to PHP and with the help of php accelerators it runs faster than before. This site is also now 100% css driven. It is also XHTML 1.0 compliant.

Another big change in this is building it on top of CodeIgniter. A problem with the old site was being able to maintain any sort of consistency. There were maybe three pages that used php, but all used different includes and connects in different ways and it was just more tedious than it should be to create a new page. With CodeIgniter everything is very structured. Entire new sections can be made relatively quickly. This makes it more worthwhile to put effort into creating something when I don't have to look at it as another place to make things complicated. The downside is this does slow things down slightly. But once I get everything setup I can start caching some things to speed it up.

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