Big (No, Huge) Projects


Yesterday I updated my Facebook status by wondering why I took on big projects. Two people who know me fairly well immediately answered it was because I like the challenge. Although I wouldn’t have said that, they must be right because I do it to myself all the time. Otherwise, I suppose I wouldn’t have earned my Master’s Degree when I was over 50.

My current huge project is to redesign my website. On the surface when I first started planning it out, it didn’t seem too bad. Yes, all the navigation pages would take some major work, but they need it anyway. The individual pages shouldn’t be too bad. (I know there are over 1,000 of them, but haven’t tried to count them. I will after I’ve finished the project.)

Well, the individual pages aren’t too bad – except that each one needs some tweaking to match up to my new vision. That means I have to open each and every single web page file. Since I’m there, if there are links that aren’t to Amazon or another page in my own site, I’d better check those too. If an old link to a book is broken, I need to find the new one. And if… You get the picture.

I slogging along. I spend a lot of time on it, but it’s going slowly. I still have to work, have a social life, and read. I can’t have book review pages without reading books to review.

Plus not everything looks the way I think it should. It looks right in Dreamweaver, but when I look at in on the web through Firefox, it’s wrong. I haven’t tried checking IE yet, or any other browser. I’m sticking with html, xhtml, templates, and css formatting.

Much as I know I should be learning php or other interactive web design programming, that’s beyond my mental abilities right now. I need someone to walk me through the basics, then the stuff I read would probably make sense.

It’s been a month since I started doing this. It’ll be at least another month, and probably two or three before I’m done. I like it so far. If you don’t when I finished, please let me know kindly. I wouldn’t be able to handle harsh after all this work…


  1. Comment by Aravis:

    I was working on a very similar project. The archives from my old Movable Type blog to WordPress must be moved one at a time for various tedious reasons, mostly having to do with an MT upgrade gone sadly wrong. I haven’t worked on it in awhile because it is such slow going. But you and I will get there in the end.

    As for php, there are books of course, and you can also find useful tutorials online. I don’t really know it too well myself; I was too unfocused to play with it for long. It’s not all gobbledeegook to me, but…

    Good luck! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do. :0)

  2. Comment by Kar:

    If there is enough consistency in your html code, you can use the global search and replace in Dreamweaver. It will do all the files for you. It has saved me hours of work.