A Site Redesign

I’m in the process of a massive rebuild of the site.  I’ve become pretty comfortable mucking around inside WordPress, and while helping my wife develop her media empire over at Minting Nickels, I’ve discovered just how flexible and customizable WP really is.

So what does that mean for the future of the site? Well, much the same as it has before.  I’ll have my bio, audio when available, class content for my various GCC courses, and anything else that seems relevant. Beyond that, I’m going to treat this like a playground for WP based code experiments…weird plugins, widgets, and odd leveraging of the database.

For the moment, I’m using a pre-built Theme…pretty vanilla and not very me I know, but that will change at some point I’m sure (save me Chrystal!!!).  For now, we can all laugh at the ill-fitting theme that I am living with, since I found most WP Themes look like they’re wrapped in plastic or are trying really hard to be “simple, clean, sophisticated”.

From the music angle, I’ve found a fantastic media player over at Flowplayer.org that I’m going to leverage into my sidebar. Now I’ll just have to figure out a way to get a Pandora stream or some sort of cloud-computing audio thing going so I can bombard you with my musical taste.  Your fault for coming to my site. 😛

What about the musician part of my daily life…well, lots of shedding in the future. I’m rekindling my love for the saxophone right now, and trying to make peace with the challenge of the clarinet. The clarinet part is mostly for the Doublers Collective that Monica Shriver recently founded. The website is only just getting started, but the idea is that a bunch of us multi-woodwind guys get together in a quasi-big band section and play a circus of instruments through hip arrangements. And I tell you what, we’re off to a great start. I’ll tell you more as there’s more to tell.

See you soon, and thanks for reading.

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3 Responses to A Site Redesign

  1. Chrystal Watson says:

    I saw your Design Distress signal in the clouds. I will be there to rescue you soon! My Design Mobile is in the shop until after the holidays. Talk to you soon!

  2. Adam says:

    Holy vector-graphics Batman!

    Thanks Chrystal. And Merry Christmas!

  3. Neal says:

    Hey Adam, I think you’ll like wordpress, there’s a huge community behind it. Plugins, widgets, etc are all pretty easy to find. Looking forward to seeing more transcriptions and things on your site.

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