This is a bit about the boring, somewhat technical side behind being a webmaster. If this kind of thing bores you, feel free to skip down to the end, where there’s a very pretty picture.
I have to say, I’m loving being on Draknet hosting – it’s nice knowing that the owner of the hosting company feels invested in the site enough to really help with things behind the scenes. When she began moving databases for me, however, she noticed that our current WordPress theme was doing some very odd things to a database behind the scenes.
With this in mind, and the fact that news is coming almost faster than we can publish it, we wanted to revamp the site so that it would really manage the news better. I envision something with a layout similar to HuffPo or CNN.com, but with All Stephen, All the Time. I’d like a new design in a “Magazine” style blog, but powered by WordPress. We even got a nifty new “Web 2.0” version of our logo courtesy of our resident graphic artist, Kinaesthesia. So man, this weekend we were ready to GO!
We tried a few different themes – Mimbo seemed very promising, but there was an annoying quirk that made the theme simply drop out for no reason, and I didn’t want to have to worry about the site being a big white screen on a regular basis. Even after working with the developer, and doing some research about the bug on WordPress, I couldn’t figure out what the problem was, so we scrapped what we had, and moved on. We also tried The Morning After, which had some great potential, but had quite a few bugs as it wasn’t compatable with the newest version of WordPress. I really love the look and functionality of Revolution, and I wouldn’t even have to change the color scheme, but the theme template costs money, and I do my best to make this a cheap hobby so I’d rather have something lower costing if possible.
So here’s my question, kids: Is there anyone out there that is really good with PHP, or graphics, or web design and very familiar with WordPress themes who’s willing to help take this site to the next level? I’d love a new look for the site that is more than a typical blog layout, and I want it to be something that’s going to last a long time for the site. Send me an e-mail (db (at@) nofactzone.net) telling me about your experience and potential for helping with the site, and we’ll see what we can work out.
Thank you for putting up with my rambling, please accept this picture as thanks for putting up with me.