four months in the making…

so andy’s site is now “complete” — it’s in quotes cuz it’s still a work in progress. this site’s a behemoth… every page has it’s own quirks to it, which is pretty cool…

andymorales.com
andymorales.com

you might be saying to yourself, “but it’s only four pages, joey”

to that, i say, “f off”

i’m writing this post to show the behind-the-scenes of andy’s site — so you truly understand mein kampf (did i just quote hitler?)

there are a ton of cool aspects to this site, starting with the masthead

to achieve the effect of the swoosh going through the masthgead and outside of the container, i had to do some math (nerd!)…

the process...
the process...

eventually, andy’ll be able to update that masthead image from time to time using his burgeoning photoshop skillz (yes, with a “z”).

next, still on the home page, is that “thinking about” feature (bottom right)… it was a pain in a half to wrap my head around this — i had to find a solution that didn’t utilize databases… i seeked help from THE google, chaunce, geoff, and other developers and got some good ideas from all…

i ended up making a script that randomly chose a name 52 times from a list of around 70… each name is put into an “array” and then set for each week… a new name will appear each sunday!

not your garden variety default yahoo media player!
not your garden variety default yahoo media player!

snide remarks is the “blog” portion of the site — powered by wordpress… as you can see, even tho the site JUST went live today, he’s already 66 posts in… start reading!

the photos page was created mainly using picasa and a gallery plugin called simpleviewer. i got the pro version (paid with bananas), which allowed me to tweak the overall layout of the galleries — turns out i had to put in (x,y) coordinates for EVERYTHING… so nearly everything for each gallery was placed in its spot by me… it was a pain to start with, but then eventually just had to make minor tweaks to get it the way i wanted…

resources was one of the most tedious pages to work on — not the links, just the overall buttons — i had created the rays, but then andy would want it rotated just a “smidge” or “bumped up” — yea… technical language for me! i think i made maybe 20 of these buttons.. all of them with pretty¬† much the most minor of changes… glad we found a good compromise with that

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so yea, check out the site, i hope andy’s satisfied with the finished product — we put the site through all the rigors and stress tests to make sure it doesn’t break… but let me know if something does…

currently, the facebook icon does not link to andy’s profile — it’s tough to put in the link when i can’t confirm if the link is legit!

9 Responses to “four months in the making…”

  1. andy says:

    I think the site is cool. Ive found some broken links that I have to fix, but other than that, I don’t think it will break. No operation hot mother reference? Or is that c.i.a internal naming?

  2. joey says:

    i was thinking about it after i posted, but look at the time man… i was ready to go to bed at that point.
    YOU should post about operation:hot mother on your site

  3. andy says:

    no touching!

  4. Good job man. It sounds like it has been quite the tedious project. Probably feels good to have it finished an up finally

  5. joey says:

    thanks chaunce! i always value your opinion (as a fellow web developer)

    yes… a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders when i uploaded the index.html page

  6. joey says:

    btw… andy’s gorirra job title is: unpaid consultant/quality control

    it was really helpful having his opinions, comments, suggestions — this site helped me gain experience (if it was a role playing game, i would be +50 XP – Web Development)

    i don’t think the site would look nearly as cool (and would probably be broken in spots) without andy’s input

  7. Greg says:

    a huge weight has been lifted off your chest, if you know what I mean.

    pwnd.

  8. andy says:

    I dont know what you mean.

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