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The blog is being migrated and merged with multiple Imphenzia blogs so the format and content will be inconsistent for a while.

Themes and registration

Music Site 1
I've completed the theme functionality on the new site. Changing the look (and width) of the site is extremely easy and fast. The screenshots that you can see demonstrate this functionality although changes to templates are only minor for testing - in the end result the themes will be quite different from each other.

Music Site 2In addition to themes I've completed a user registration process with live java validation of the form fields as you type. This will simplify the process making sure that your passwords match up and that your address is valid etc. The registration process also features validation by e-mail to ensure you don't get unsolicited spam.

 Finally - the most important thing I've learned so far is KEEP YOUR CONTENT AND DESIGN SEPARATED. This is the best way to work as changing a theme or page content is super simple once the framework is in place. It's 4:14am now so I'm going to eat something and watch some TV now... then off to sleep.

Web site '2K8' progress

Today I've spent a good few hours getting more comfortable with CSS and I must say it is a huge step forward compared to only using HTML as it is extremely easy to keep consistency in the design and position different elements. At the same time as I am learning CSS I am converting from ASP to PHP. I can produce ASP code much faster, but PHP has a much better array of commands and functions and is also widely used on both Linux and Windows web-hotels so you don't have to restrict yourself if it were to be necessary to move.

I have high hopes for the new web pages and it's fun to mess about with! Due to having many interests I am fortunate enough that my interest does a "round robin" and at the moment it's web design that I'm enjoying, a couple of weeks back it was all about music and releasing "Illusion" and in a week or two I'll probably be programming away with Performa Cars.

Working on a new splash

Since the new blog is launched, I've spent some time working on a new updated splash screen for www.imphenzia.com that will feature 4 sections instead of the current two. These will be music and games that you all recognize from before, but also the forum and the new blog. I am also slowly learning how to create sites using CSS instead of traditional HTML. CSS is a great method to position page elements and get efficient code with different styles, but at the same time it is a bit of a headache due to browser compatibility as different browsers choose to interpret the code in different ways. One example is vertical alignment, it used to be a 1 row job in traditional HTML using tables, but in CSS there is about 30 lines of code and you still don't get a cross browser compatible result... when you google about this most people will blame IE, but regardless of who to blame I just want it to work :)

Once I've learned CSS a bit better I will also redo the music and the game sites to look more up to date as the design is getting quite dated. The new splash screen should be up and running soon. Now it's time to watch another episode of Life on Mars with my wife and a cup of tea.