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Today’s Site Alternations

December 6th, 2008 | The Company

I just finished making a lot of structural changes to WebcraftStudios.com. Previously, WordPress was installed under the /blog directory and the rest of the site was static. I moved WordPress to the root of the site and set everything up so I can use WordPress as a CMS for all of the static pages on the site. I may have broken some links along the way, but I’ll just have to do my best to clean those up as I go.

I took this as an opportunity to update the logo. Previously, the “logo” in the header didn’t come close to matching what I was using everywhere else. However, thanks to a very kind (and talented) graphic designer, I now have a handy svg of the logo I posted today. Hooray!

The motivation for all this change was to get to a state where I can flesh out the site and communicate what Webcraft is about. While hunting for new contract gigs, I realized the existing site did nothing to serve this purpose, unless potential clients were to read the entire blog – and of course no one would.

That brings up the question of, what IS Webcraft about? I haven’t updated the “about” page in a long while. Right now, I have 3 primary services in mind and 3 primary hallmarks.

In a recent post, I attempted to list some services I would like to focus on. In retrospect, that list is a bit too specific for the moment. The 3 major service areas I’m thinking about now are a bit more general: Social Media and Community, Web Development, and Open Source Solutions.

Social media is rather trendy and is my current topic of exploration. I’m really hoping to land projects in social media and community so I can continue to explore. Web development is old hat for me, it’s where my confidence is. If anything is going to pay the bills right now, I expect it to be development work. Finally, the open source notion is a timid subject for me. For the past few years, I’ve been working almost exclusively on open source tools. I would like to teach other businesses about open source tools. I am slightly concerned that many businesses will not be ready for open source or that they may have needs that open source can’t currently meet.

As I mentioned, I also have 3 primary hallmarks. The first is intellectual sustainability through the use of open source products, transparent and honest PR, and an avoidance of patents. The second is environmental sustainability. I previously posted about my quest to find a green host, and ended up choosing Host Gator over greener options because of their overall offerings. I’m happy to announce that my hosting provider is now green. The third hallmark is a dedication to supporting the Digital Nomad lifestyle. After all, I love having a mobile office.

So in the next few days, the site should see some significant content changes. For now, I need to get some sleep. There’s some snow up in the mountains that I have to carve up with my snowboard tomorrow. It’s a tough job, but it must be done.

3 Responses to “Today’s Site Alternations”

  1. Do you know which fastcgi modules they support[if any?]? Most I’ve seen support mod_fastcgi, but I’ve been looking for a host that uses mod_fcgid for a pet project.

  2. I wrote them to ask last night and had a reply in about 30 minutes:

    “At this time, we do not have FastCGI implemented on our servers. We are currently exploring implementing FastCGI, but have no specific dates/times in place for a roll-out.”

  3. Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is magnificent, let alone the content!

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