New site theme is up! And domain update is done!
Aside from the new header image and some color updates, there aren’t that many visual changes though. I added a more prominent footer so it’s more informative and moved the social media links to the side. Most of the exciting changes are on the backend and should make management somewhat easier to me, assuming I don’t randomly rewrite everything again next spring. ಠ_ಠ I’ve updated the Illustration page with more recent work and pruned some of the older things. I hope to keep it more up-to-date moving forward, but deviantART will still be the first gallery updated with new, finished work.
The Comics page has the most changes. The entirety of 狼来了(the wolves are here) is now there (previously unavailable), along with Sleep Pirates (previously readable only by digging through this blog), and I finally added The Black Cat (uploaded to dA in October). I will be adding the remaining 34 pages of Rainbows and Rainclouds to the site sometime this summer, I think. Two years hidden away in a printed book is long enough!
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Yeah, so I made a new WordPress theme (again). The last one only lasted a month and a half, but hopefully this one won’t annoy or embarrass me for a while? I think it feels a little more professional in any case. I did a lot more from scratch this time, particularly the CSS, but I didn’t go back and revise the entire backend since that would be kind of pointless (even though so much of the default WP code is cumbersome and oddly organized). The result is that there are a lot of references to classes that don’t exist. Not great for my obsessive-compulsiveness, but I think I run a greater risk of breaking something if I tried to clear out all the useless references.
The link section’s come back so I threw all the links back over there to make room on the sidebar for more widgets. I also made the single-post views on the blog full page so they’re less cramped and threw some stuff onto the top of the blog view for even more roominess. Huzzah! I’m paranoid that there are things that I haven’t addressed yet, but I’ll still be making minor adjustments here and there so hopefully all the glaring and significant things have been covered already and I can actually get to work on other things without having this website stuff looming over my head. Then my portfolio won’t be filled with cobwebs! Think of that!
So I spent most of yesterday and almost all of today learning WordPress and building my own theme from scratch. Okay, it wasn’t completely by scratch — I used the default theme as a template, but that was about it. I’m really surprised at how quickly the whole thing went, honestly — I worked pretty much nonstop last night from 10pm or so until 5am, hahaha. And then I woke up at 10am with the burning desire to keep working and it was grand~. It’s kind of awesome when I can work steadily on something.
Still, because of that, I didn’t get as much work done on commissions today as I wanted. I still have a few things around the site to fix up, but once everything’s settled, I can get back to the commissions and the tons of other awesome projects I want to do this summer.
I’m really excited to finally have a blog integrated into my website. Not only does it now come with a shiny RSS feed, but you’ll have a reason to check back to the site more often. :D I used to keep an artblog on Livejournal, but I’ve disliked it as a public platform ever since they introduced ads for users that weren’t logged in. I’ll probably only be using it now for personal stuff, and all subsequent art-related news and nonsense will be here instead! I’m going to update much, much more often here, for sure, so look forward to sketches, WIPs, and all kinds of shenanigans!