Coming along now…

Still working on the site. It seems to be shaping up well. For the curious, I’m using a hybrid WordPress and static XHTML site architecture. Basically my site root (pipwerks.com) is static XHTML, and my journal section (pipwerks.com/journal) is a WordPress installation.

This makes it tricky to maintain consistency between my custom WordPress template and my Dreamweaver template (yes, I use Dreamweaver, although I wind up coding most of my pages by hand). It’s a bit of a pain, but I really didn’t want to work in a pure WordPress and PHP environment. I only intend to use PHP for a few pages.

Which brings me to… displaying WordPress blog content in a PHP page outside of the WordPress installation. I wanted to show my latest blog entry (or an excerpt) on my homepage, but as I mentioned, the WordPress installation is inside a subfolder. I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. A few google searches later and I ran across this [link no longer available], which got solved my problem in two minutes flat. Sweet. 🙂

I also added some Google ads and Amazon book links. I’m not convinced anything will come of it, but I figured I’d at least like to know how the system works and how to get ads up and running.

The Amazon ads posed a particular problem, as the original style of ad I chose (the tall iFrame with pricing info) killed my XHTML validation. Ugh… no way around it, other than to change ad types. I wound up opting for the simpler image-only ads, which still needed tweaking to pass validation (no “/>” on the image tag, no alt tags, etc.).

I only have a few small tweaks to the structure and layout before I really start digging into the content. I’m excited, are you? 😀

So here it is, the new site.

Only took about a year to get off my duff and do it!

The new, re-dedicated pipwerks.com will focus specifically on the technological aspects of e-learning and online courses, as well as the design/scripting/programming of general-purpose web pages.

I can’t make any guarantees that I’ll be consistent in my blogging, but I know I’m always learning new tricks, and hope to share them with you from time to time in the “tutorials” section. I’ll also be posting my latest experiments (“web 2.0” widgets, CSS, javascript tests, etc.) in the “lab” section.

If you’d like something to read right away, I’ve imported some of my old blog entries from LearnSomethingNew.org!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
– philip