Now blogging at diego's weblog. See you over there!

and about that redesign thingy...

...that I mentioned off-handedly a few days ago. One of the things I wanted to change was to move from a three-column layout to two-column, creating a separate page for archies and links to other feeds (leaving the link for the main feed as it exists now). All was going well until...

Well, what happened is, I hit a wall. One of those virtual walls that suddenly are built up in our heads. Nice brickwork and everything.

The machine on which this blog runs isn't all that powerful, and doing a redesign of the blog implies doing a full rebuild. Doing a full rebuild takes forever. (Forever, in this case, meaning a couple of hours.) So it can be done only when all's ready to go. MovableType is great, really flexible, etc, but the templates include XML code that only makes sense (design-wise) after a rebuild. Maybe I'm missing something, but as far as I can see the only way of doing a full redesign (barring moving the weblog to a much faster machine) is to:

  • Install apache/MT/etc in your local machine
  • Create another copy of your templates and a few sample entries in your local machine
  • Play with the design doing local rebuilds on small test datasets until you're happy
  • Move the new templates to the live weblog
I don't see a way out of these steps in my case, so I got to the point where I didn't want to do all that yet. No time. The redesign will have to wait...

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 1 2003 at 10:35 AM

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