Leftover Brisket

April 25, 2005

Since I decided to move my sites over to Dreamhost, I thought I'd give them a redesign at the same time...even though I have a design due to a client this week.

Maybe I'm experiencing some sort of periodic temporary insanity. A type of strange Internet-related premenopausal syndrome or something. Because I actually believed I could do all this and work with CSS for the first time without losing my mind. On second thought, maybe it's a form of megalomania.

CSS Benefits Tylenol Stockholders

April 24, 2005

All right. I've done it. Sort of. I finally finished my first CSS designed site. It took me two days and half a bottle of Tylenol to accomplish what I used to whip off, half-asleep, in two hours. I also had to apologize to my kids twice and my husband once for snapping at them. I don't foresee my mood improving anytime soon.

Dreamhost Really Is All It's Cracked Up to Be

April 22, 2005

I just moved my sites to a new host, which is one reason my posts have been sketchy of late. A few weeks ago I read a rave by D. Keith Robinson about Dreamhost's web panel and went to check them out myself. I was really impressed with them and all you get with an account--particularly the ability to host up to 15 domain names on the same space. Wow. No more awkward redirects for this girl. I signed up and moved everything over that day. I was a little concerned about support. They don't offer telephone support, although I heard a rumor that that may be coming soon. Still, I ran into a problem with an email address and wrote to Tech Support.

First Real CSS Design...Gulp

April 10, 2005

Alright. I'm going to do it. I have a mockup due on Monday and I've been dragging my feet for a week, browsing the web for neat design ideas, lurking in forums, reading tutorials, puttering away. I even cleaned my four year old's room today rather than start, so I must really be desperate. However, I finally figured out why I've been procrastinating.

Moms Helping Moms

April 8, 2005

I few days ago, I came across a really friendly site called Internet Based Moms. It's not a design site—seemed to me that most of the moms are running e-commerce sites from home and are fairly new to the web. But the forums are welcoming and helpful, and everyone seems very supportive. For work-at-home moms, we have double reason to need that support. Not only can our jobs isolate us, but having kids can severely cut down on your ability to social and interact with other grownups.

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004

April 5, 2005

I'm on my own when it comes to learning new software, and I've had a lot to learn. Recently I scoured Amazon and finally decided on Visual Quickstart's Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 by J. Tarin Towers. I haven't been sorry, and believe me, I've run the book through its paces.

For starters, I'd never before used a WYSIWYG editor. I prefer to code by hand because I feel I have better control over the page. I can make HTML do things no WYSIWYG has even heard of. But I had a client who used Dreamweaver and wanted their staff to be able to use it to update their new site.