Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

New server. Nice permalinks. Lots of headache.

If you were wondering why was my site off for so long, read on. I have changed hosting providers twice, changed the design, changed the blog software, change the whole platform.

I also hacked my way to nice clean URLs you see, and if my mod_rewrite rules are correct, the old URLs should silently redirect you the new ones. Please update your bookmarks.

Westciv award

About two months ago, Westciv decided to celebrate six years of StyleMaster with template competition. Goal was to design site template in desktop, print and handheld categories. As it happens, I’m used to regularly create all three of them. :) Using one of the runner-up graphic designs for my previous blog look, I quickly had it done, in a matter of few days, with the usual testing rounds with Mac browsers, handheld simulators and similar stuff.

From the URL, it seems I’m the third contestant that sent an entry and there were 49 entries in the end. Having entered so early, I’m even more happy that my work reached 2nd runner-up place.

Forest template for StyleMaster 4

Now that contest is over, I want to briefly point few things that can be found in templates I did.

Why I use WordPress now

About one month ago, I spent each evening in the course of one week, fidling with Movable Type 3.11, TextPattern 1.0RC1 and WordPress 1.2.1. Idea was to check the features and choose the one I will upgrade to. My goals were to:

Use dynamic publishing

I grew weary of daily, slow static republishing using MT 2.6x, each time when one spamming whore managed to pass through MT-Blacklist

Use nice URLs

I have changed my URLs once and realized I did brake a lot of links while doin' nothing to make them easier to guess. I want to use /category/post-title/

Build custom templates

I want to craft my own way of index and archives display + have enough freedom to build custom pages for examples

These are the impressions I wrote back then.

New attire

While working on new IA and changing blog software and server, I decided to redesign the web site. While I really love the old design, I felt that it was time for a change. Main reason was that I could not find a suitable place to present my works, like ADxMenu AND WCH, or some of the notable site designs. Thus the new design, dubbed steel-blood (don’t bother, swords are my soft spot).

With large amounts of work I do daily, there are only sparks of creativity left in me, at the end of the day. So I did not gambled much when opting for simple three and two column designs. In time, I will carefully add subtle details that should make it unique, but for now, this should do.

The number of photos (currently 16) at the top will increase as time passes. This blog is named aplus moments and those photos are some of the a+ moments in my life. This whole look & feel may look sombre and heavy. I like it like that, these days. It’s raining here.