Greatness is Upon Us!!

The greatness is upon us!! ClarkM.com is finally finished! After 6 weeks of on and off development time I bring to you a constantly updated feed of information in a usable and elegant style.

Tour of the Site

The intent is to make this site clear and easy for the user to navigate. The navigation in the header, footer, and sidebar will stay consistent across all pages. Think of it as a backward C shape. Most of the main content will be delivered remotely by my social networks – Facebook, Twitter, and Delicious. The articles and blog posts will be provided by wordpress and can be seen on the homepage, rss feed, or through an archive page. Three of the four pages in the header are fairly static and will rarely be updated. The exception being the photos page; which will be updated whenever I update whenever I add a new album to facebook. The sidebar gives links twitter, old blog posts, random photos, and the book I am now reading along with a library link to my previously read books. Last, the footer is comprised of links to my social networks, my currently bookmarked links, a repeat of navigation, hatred for ie6, and a vicious copyright notice.

Mix of Personal & Professional

I had mixed feelings of wether I was going to make this a personal or professional site. I have a good amount of knowledge about things like windows mobile cell phones, cascading style sheets, homebrew on the Wii, and computer hardware. I also have a pretty exciting life of course. However I was leaning toward the professional side at first; WordPress has great SEO and making a post about X could turn out to help a lot of people. I know I am always googling to find answers to my problems, why not contribute a little and give back. You know? I knew about the search engine benefits of wordpress, however I underestimated the sheer amount of great plugins available under this platform. They provided me with everything I would have dreamed of. This swayed me to integrate twitter and facebook – making my site personal whether I liked it or not. I was unsure of this decision at first, thinking that I had to choose or the other, but I have found that many people are able to make this work. Just keep your security settings and spam control on high!

Technology Used

Technologies used to make this site were adobe photoshop, xhtml strict, css, and the wonderful wordpress cms. The extensions it provides are amazing and saved me a lot of time and effort trying to dig through the web looking for something useful. Some of the things would just not be possible on a website today without great things like wordpress. I think it has forever changed the web and moved us in the direction of a web anyone can contrubute to. It just wasn’t possible for a intermediated level developer to have all his social feeds in one place five years ago. I also used image sprites and png 24 extensively – sorry ie6. I used css3 techniques like rgba and text-shadow.

Will I ever keep this going?

I want to try and update this as much as possible. I know talk is cheap and that most websites like these die out as quickly as the time it took to create them. Although remember, as I said earlier – even if I don’t make an actual blog post, you will still be updated. Want to see my micro updates? Just look at the writing next to the blue bird. Want to see my new photo albums? See my newest facebook photos, even the ones that I am tagged in by clicking the photos link. Also see my bookmarks at the bottom of the page provided by delicious. This is just the beginning great things to come as constant updates are a sure-thing. I already have great enhancements in mind. So remember that there is one place to keep up with clark on the web – ClarkM.com!

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