Got the first draft of the homepage comps from the designer this morning – looks great! I asked him for a number of tweaks and will hopefully be getting the second round tomorrow. I actually asked for two designs, one centered around text and the other more image-heavy – we’ll see what he comes up with.
I have looked some more at Drupal and Joomla and have decided that Drupal has serious potential for the handweaving resource site. It has customizable fields (which will allow me to do the project repository without much trouble) and an add-on module called “organic groups” which will enable people to create their own groups and have forums only visible to that group. I’m still exploring what else it can do, but I’m pretty certain it’s the right choice for the resource site, I just have to figure out how. Fortunately this dovetails nicely with my desire to understand CMS’s (content management systems) for work.
I just bought another used ultralight notebook from eBay, this one with 2 GB RAM and 2GHz processor. This will let me run Adobe’s Creative Suite 3, something I’ve wanted to do for awhile. Yesterday I stripped it down and reinstalled the operating system (just in case the previous owner left any spyware), this morning I installed the missing device drivers, and tonight I’m going to embark on the marvelous adventure of reinstalling the 10,000 programs I had installed on my old laptop. Creative Suite 3 promises to be a real treat – took over two hours and heaven only knows how many reboots to install it on my desktop and get it updated, but I did eventually get it done.
Anyway, if you don’t hear from me for a couple of days, it’s because I’m busy with configuring my new -to-me laptop. Although, I will probably post a screenshot of my new homepage once it’s ready.