Sunday, August 05, 2007

SimmonsBuntin.com Launches

I'm happy to announce the launch of my new personal website: http://www.simmonsbuntin.com/:


It features the standard fare like publications, bio, and upcoming events, and also some cool stuff like a Flash-based photo gallery, a periodically updated list of my "favorites" (right now it's my favorite Harry Potter books and movies), and a list of what I've been reading.
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All pretty self-indulgent, I realize, but I figure that as both an author and a web guy I probably should have my own website.
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Take a peek and let me know what you think. Also, the header image on the home page changes randomly (10 images total) on page reload. Best viewed at a screen size of 1024 pixels or wider.
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8 comments:

A. D. said...

Very nice.

A. D. said...

What did you use to design, if you don't mind me asking?

Simmons B. Buntin said...

Thanks A.D. I designed it in Photoshop and built and maintain it in Dreamweaver.

jd said...

That is quite impressive. Beautifully done.

A. D. said...

Interesting. I've gone the route of building graphically in Photoshop and then just slicing them up and coding them out with Notepad.

I should probably learn the Dreamweaver route.

A. D. said...

Does Dreamweaver have a content management system type interface where you input entries (like Blogger) or do you access and upload each page statically?

(Sorry for all the questions.)

Simmons B. Buntin said...

No problem on the Qs, though feel free to contact me at contact@simmonsbuntin.com to communicate directly.

Hand-coding is a pain in the ass, methinks. Using a tool like Dreamweaver greatly reduces the amount of time it takes to code, plus allows you to take advantage of nearly endless scripting and related tools. And I think the code it writes is very clean, too, but I never came from the hand-coding school, so I'm not overly picky about that stuff.

Dreamweaver is not a CMS. Adobe offers Contribute, which is a CMS variant of DW, but at the UA where I'm web program manager, for example, I decided it was easier to train folks in using DW then set up Contribute (we tried the latter, but there's so little control for users as to be more frustrating than helpful).

That said, everything need not be static. DW has great tie-ins to whatever database or scripting platform you provide, and also is a great for managing includes, extensions, and CSS.

I'm not aware of a direct tie-in to a tool like blogger, but the new CS3 version goes farther than any other for integrating other tools, so perhaps something is there. I haven't fully explored it yet, but with one exception (it's annoying inability to adequately synchronize with the web server since Adobe rebuilt the web synch program), the newest revision is pretty great.

Simmons B. Buntin said...

I should add that DW allows you to view/enter in 2 ways: 1) through code view, 2) through design view. Design view much more closely follows how you enter stuff in blogger, for example, but with many more tools.

The FTP tool is built in, as well.