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Week 1: Butter CMS Blog

posted Saturday, June 4 2016 @ 12:21 am EST

Because the first 'week' of this challenge is really only today and yesterday, I started with a small manageable project, but one which is nevertheless essential: the creation of this blog! Butter CMS handles the content storage and publishing duties, so most of the work required was layout and styling. Here's a short list of the highlights:

- For better SEO, the blog is integrated as a subdirectory of the main portfolio site, which runs on Rails.
- Content hosted and managed via Butter CMS, which is communicated with using calls to their API Ruby Client.
- Custom JQuery function allows posts to be sorted "newest first" or "oldest first".
- Custom JQuery to load and scroll to a specific post indicated by hash location.
- Index page lists all posts, but does not load the full body content until a post is clicked.
- Inherits CSS3 animated backgrounds, smooth scroll, and colorbox popups from the main site.
- Responsively switch to reduced-width mode for mobile and small windows. (Supports width as low as 320px.)

Not to worry, the other seven sites will include more detailed process tracking, consisting of multiple posts over the course of each week. This project just wasn't quite as involved as what's coming up next.

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Introducing the "Website a Week Challenge"

posted Friday, June 3 2016 @ 10:57 pm EST

Hello and welcome to my blog! In the following two months, I will be developing a new website weekly, for a total of eight counting this one. My objective is to brush up on and expand my existing skill set, learn more about what's new in the UI/UX scene, and build out a wide variety of quality portfolio content. I'll be making a post each workday to detail my process and methodology, as well as catalogue any behind-the-scenes tidbits I deem interesting.

Tentative schedule as follows:

Week 1:June 3rd - 4th
Week 2:June 6th - 10th
Week 3:June 13th - 17th
Week 4:June 20th - 24th
~one week hiatus~
Week 5:July 5th - July 8th
Week 6:July 11th - July 15th
Week 7:July 18th - July 22nd
Week 8:July 25th - July 29th

This omits weekends, as it's intended to mimic a typical Monday - Friday routine. That is to say I will do my best to take days off, but I reserve the right to work late nights as needed.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, feel free to contact me at zachary_stiles@my.uri.edu or (401) 225-5673. I'm excited to see how this goes, and I hope you are too!

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