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26 June 2011 @ 04:43 pm
Remodeling "Bright Knight" Fansite  
With the exception of the recommendations project, the top level of my "Bright Knight" FK fansite has at long last achieved the light of the CSS present, leaving behind the HTML tables-based dark ages.  Take a gander and let me know what you think?  It appears correctly on my PC in the latest Firefox and IE.  I don't know how it looks on a Mac or in other or older browsers.  I'm fairly content with the various content index pages, but the homepage itself unfortunately seems simultaneously busy and hollow.  Constructive criticism is welcome ("constructive" ideally means "with suggestions for improvement" ~g~).

You may recall that I mentioned, a few months back, creating a template for archiving new stories going forward.  These index pages were step two.  It will take a fair duration to rework all the site content: every FAQ, timeline, essay, list and tale.  The content goes back to '96; the site went online, hand-coded, in '99; then came FrontPage, now Dreamweaver...

I expect that the recommendations project — standing out like the proverbial sore thumb — will be the most challenging to reconfigure.  I built it on framesets back in the day; I must find a structural alternative that maintains functionality.  I do not yet even know the proper term for the way that GoogleNews keeps its sidebar menu static on the page as you scroll, but I believe that's what I need for the recommendations sans framesets.  (Alternatively, Spry tabbed panels? I don't know.)

Comments on Dreamwidth:
Foxy11814foxy11814 on June 27th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Looks awesome to me! =)
Amy R.: Computerbrightknightie on June 27th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for checking it! If any improvements occur to you, please let me know. :-)
greerwatsongreerwatson on June 27th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
It looks very nice. (The thematic connection to the old front page is clear, too, which means that no one will wonder if they've come to the right place.)
Amy R.: Computerbrightknightie on July 1st, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
I had not thought of the transition potentially confusing visitors. Thank you for noting that potential pitfall; I'll keep it in mind as I continue upgrading!
waltdwaltd on June 27th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
Revised Website
Looks great to me! :-)

Amy R.: Computerbrightknightie on July 1st, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Revised Website
Thank you!
PJ1228pj1228 on June 27th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your remodelling. I love the new design and the blue letters on white background is easier on the eye than the reversed design. (Note: While it was still in the old design, it didn't occur to me that it was not easy on the eye, I only notice now with the new design that this is easier.)

What confused me in the navigation are the contents of "Essays". While the essays of course belong there, I found it a little confusing to find links to your blog and journals there. I clicked on "Lacroix" under "discussion", expecting an essay about Lacroix and was directed to your journal entries that have a Lacroix-tag. This is also nice, just not what I expected. Maybe you should move the "Blogs" to the "Links"-page and rename the "Essay" page into "Discussions" or "Essays and Discussions" or write a short note on top of the "Discussions" that announces that the reader will be directed to places of your blogs that contain discussions of the characters etc.

I'm planning to remodel my Fanfiction page also as I find the white on black no longer easy on the eye. However, there's another webside project I'm working on that I want to finish first.
Amy R.: Computerbrightknightie on July 1st, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
>"What confused me in the navigation are the contents of "Essays"."

Thank you for pointing that out. I've deleted the character tags from the "Discussion" list to reduce confusion now, and will consider how to further recharacterize the "Discussion" list permanently.

As you suggest, one approach is to treat the "Links" page as the location for all links leading off Bright Knight itself. However, my plan is for the "Links" page to be the location for links to content not by me. My blog is by me, and so I think of it as an extension -- an annex? -- of the site, rather than belonging with "Links" to other sites.

>"I'm planning to remodel my Fanfiction page also as I find the white on black no longer easy on the eye."

I would also support an easier-to-read color scheme. :-)

I've been meaning to say that I find some of your older stories difficult to read on your website, not because of the color, but because of how the paragraphs run together. On my computer, they appear with no space between them, and also with no indention or other way of telling where one paragraph ends and the next begins (except where the previous line happens to be short).

I would like to recommend one of those stories. I was going to ask whether you might put it on the AO3, but if you're remodeling your own site in any case...?
PJ1228pj1228 on July 2nd, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
>I've deleted the character tags from the "Discussion" list to reduce confusion now<

I wouldn't delete them altogether. It was a good idea to provide the link to the character-centred discussions. I was just confused by the heading.

Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: geekwiliqueen on June 28th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
I have no suggestions at the moment, but I like the new look, and congratulations on achieving it!

Someday I'll get to overhauling my WiliQueen site, but heaven knows when. And when I do, it will most likely be in my current "tweak canned Joomla templates" mode. I applaud your updated skills!
Amy R.: Computerbrightknightie on July 1st, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for checking it over, and thank you for the praise!

I think that I've come up with a better idea for the homepage, moving the symbol/decoration back off into the blue background at the side, and replacing it in the main field with three shortcut buttons: Latest Story, Latest Poem, and Latest Recommendation. (Latest Essay etc. could be substituted depending on my output.)

I do look forward to a modern Wiliqueen site someday! In the meantime, I admit I'm getting used to the convenience of reading on the AO3, now that how to use it has penetrated my very thick skull. :-)