A Reflection on Moving Websites

This article was supposed to be originally published 2010-November-20, but was lost due to time constraints.

As I mentioned in my previous post I’ve been working on moving my websites from my old hosting company to my new server at MediaTemple. And after moving several websites from one server to another, I have some advice. For starters – just don’t, it requires a large amount of time. But below is a method of doing it in a streamline process.

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FAQs and Custom Post Types

One of the new features of Mad Scientist Technologies v1.3 is a completely redesigned FAQ Section. In the new FAQ section I decided to use WordPress’s Custom Post Type (more…)

Unofficial – Refresh Launched!

Well after working on the refresh of Mad Scientist Technologies’ website for the last month or so, I’m happy to say (more…)

MadSciTech Refresh – Update One

Well as I mention in a previous post, I said I was working on a design refresh of my company site – Mad Scientist Technologies. After working on a completely new design (more…)

Quick Update and Stuff

I know I haven’t posted anything for a while (checks date of last post) – WOW! July. Correction, quite awhile ago. Anyway, I have been busy with (more…)

How Long Ago?

Today I added a new function to display how long ago a post was posted to the site. So, more or less this post is just testing that new functionality.
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WordPress 3 is Now Available!

Today the great people behind WordPress have just released WordPress 3.0. This momentous moment is only seven years after the first release of WordPress in May 2003. WordPress 3.0 brings several new features to the platform: custom taxonomies, a new default theme, custom menus, and so much more. (more…)

It’s Here…

Well, after working for about a month – part time – on the official theme for this site. I am proud to announce the official launch of the Mad9Scientist.com. (more…)

The Favicon

The favicon (Favorite Icon) is an 16 by 16 pixel image used to identify a site in a browser’s history, bookmarks/favorites, tabs, and address bar. This one little image, allows user’s to associate an image to there favorite site, and allow the site operators to brand the site in the user’s bookmark list and address bar.

About a week ago I added a favicon from the upcoming theme to the site, and I wanted take a moment to explain the design behind this little bitty image.

Mad9Scientist Favicon XL

Mad9Scientist.com Extra Large FavIcon, Not To Scale

Mad9Scientist.com Real Favicon

Mad9Scientist.com Real Favicon

Above is an enlarged version of the favicon, you can see that the favicon has a very limited amount of space to do much of anything. However, I feel that I did a good job of expressing the entire theme in such a small space. Now, lets dissect the image.

Foreground

The most obvious part of the favicon is the capital “M”. The “M” is solid white from the Twenty Century Font Family, in particularly the regular font weight. It is simple but yet elegant – also it reminded me how I usually signed my artwork when I was younger*.

Background

In the background you see the large blue block. The blue block has a four degree rounded corner with an one pixel white border. The blue for the block comes from the blue textured background of the theme – it is actually a random blue from that textured background. The far background of the favicon is also transparent to give it the look that the corners are rounded.

So, with space at a premium when you design an favicon, you must pick your pixels carefully. The next time you see a site with an favicon in your browser, take a moment and admirer the work that must had gone into that little image.

Resources

Need to create an Favicon? Try Dynamic Drive’s FavIcon Generator

* I developed a signature that used straight lines and hard points for my artwork

Theme Progress…

I just wanted to post a quick update about the status of the theme for this site, since the current theme is an eyesore.

I am just finishing up some of the final details – search results, 404, and making the site easy to manage from the WordPress backend. A few sections of the site will not be finished in time for the launch – Zine, Portfolio, and Concepts :cry:. So I’m shooting to launch the new theme this weekend (May 29 – 31), to comply with my self set deadline.

So keep an eye out for the new theme sometime after the Memorial Day Weekend 😀