‘Nother New Look

Hey folks, welcome to the unveiling of my new gothic look for girlbandgeek.com. What do you think. Yes, I know it looks like “Girlbandgeef” — the masthead still needs work. But I think it’s good enough for now, and I can make incremental improvements as we go.

Just got back from the new Star Trek movie — my son’s pick for celebrating his 12th birthday. It was a pretty darned good movie. Many tips of the hat to folks like me who grew up watching the original series, but the boys all enjoyed the good story and plenty of action. Worth checking out.

Sorting My Online Empire

I’m trying to consolidate the number of sites upon which my web presence is sprawled out. I have danieloxenhandler.com which will be my web developer url, and has a theme I designed which I like.

I have this site, the girlbandgeek.com/blog url which will be my personal blog/web site for things not related to web design or work. I think I will stop adding to my blogger site girlbandgeek.blogspot.com, and direct people to girlbandgeek.com instead.

Finally, for anything related to network engineering or security I can just use LinkedIn. I need to maintain a presence there anyway, and I can do everything I need related to marketing my job skills with that tool.

Sound like a plan? Next I have to come up with a new look for girlbandgeek.com. Have no ideas right now, except I’m thinking about black background with white letters. Maybe something with skulls (just popped into my mind)?

Awesome WordPress Tutorial

I’ve been going through an excellent WordPress tutorial which I found here. The author “Small Potato” takes you through building the index.php file from the ground up so you really get a sense of how it all works. We haven’t done any styling at all yet. This is what my test blog looks like so far:

Blog Screen Shot

Blog Screen Shot

Another cool thing I am using for this tutorial is XAMPP – which is as implementation of Apache/MySQL/PHP for windows. It allows you to, for instance, install WordPress locally on your machine. Obviously very handy for playing around with your blog design quickly, and without having to leave your half-baked projects up on the web for all to see.

Progress Report

I am a little frustrated with my (lack of) progress in my path as a web designer. I am finding it challenging on a number of levels – creatively and technically. Because I feel a little blocked, I am also frittering away the time I should be actually working on a site. But still, I am having my small successes.

I have been tinkering with the design of danieloxenhandler.com. I think I figured out how to have a static home page for the site, and still have blog pages that are accessible from the sidebar menu. (Basically I followed this method.) I am still using the classic theme which is pretty random looking. But hey, at least that’s some progress.

Anyways, I guess I’ll just go back to studying the WP Codex and trying to understand how this glorious beast is all put together.  I need to find that page I found earlier in the Codex which linked to the “starter” themes which were adapted to modifying to fit one’s needs.

New Site: DanielOxenhandler.com

I decided to register danieloxenhandler.com the other day for my job search and web design business. I am fond of the girlbandgeek handle and domain name, but it probably doesn’t do much for my employment in the corporate world. I plopped a default wordpress install down in the main folder. I want to explore the idea of using WP as CMS – by tweaking my own site, adding static pages as well as blog updates.

I just added the domain into my cPanel, so it’s not even reachable by url. Probably by tomorrow. Okay, so what it needs is: