Posts by chuq

Welcome to the new WWW.CHUQUI.COM

Posted by on May 28, 2015

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Welcome to the new WWW.CHUQUI.COM

Welcome to the new WWW.CHUQUI.COM. Overnight the DNS updated to point to the new site, and it looks like everything is live and working well. Please let me know if you run into a problem or a typo (we’ve found one so far). The switchover went pretty much as planned, which is nice. that’s how it’s supposed to work. I’ll go into more detail on some of the changes and why I made those decisions starting tonight. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

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Working Notes: Almost done

Posted by on May 18, 2015

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Working Notes: Almost done

At some point you come to realize it’s all over but the shouting. The last week or so has seen a lot of little things dealt with. My punch list, which started the weekend at over 30 items, is down to six, and they fall into two groups: one around things that need to be done with the mailing lists and the other things I need to do with the ad generator plug-in. The latter is probably one evening of work, the former — not sure yet. I need to design the look and feel and do a few other kinds of edits on things like the unsubscribe page. But the lists itself, the guts of the system,...

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Working Notes: Seems simple in theory….

Posted by on May 7, 2015

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Working Notes: Seems simple in theory….

Two and a half weeks since the last update on the redesign project. In that time, I ticked one item off the To Do list. That item, however, was building out the picture galleries. This has taken me two and a half weeks of multiple hours per night work. It seems simple in theory, but the end result is almost 8,000 images in about 220 separate galleries. Each gallery has to be created and configured and populated separately. Each gallery also needs a wordpress page for it to display on, images curated and exported from Lightroom, and configuration to match the styles and defaults I decided on....

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Working Notes: I wrote a plug-in. Alert the media

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015

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Working Notes: I wrote a plug-in. Alert the media

The question I’ve been grappling with is how to handle the advertising blocks on the site, which are primarily amazon affiliate links with some supporting info — but may not be exclusively that down the road. So I need a nice look with flexible functionality, and I need it easy to manage and add or change within the listings. On the existing system, I liked the look (for the most part), but it was built around some funky HTML/CSS and it was maintained by hand, and each and every place I placed something I had to do it by hand. Even worse, the FYC page (where all the ads lived)...

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Working Notes: Light at the end of the tunnel (and it’s not a train)

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015

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Working Notes: Light at the end of the tunnel (and it’s not a train)

For the first time in the project, I see a light at the end of the tunnel and I don’t think it’s a train. If you look at the dev.chuqui.com site, it’s looking like a web site. A lot of things have happened in the last ten days, in part because the problems blocking me have answers, and work has left me tired enough that I’ve wanted to get completely away from that stuff in the evenings and I’ve done that doing web geeking, and when I’m tired, brain-dead data migration. I’ve migrated all of the old blog posts up to 2013, retagged them and generally...

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