so the forum upgrade got all botched up somehow. i think things are fixed for the most part. header and footer are in place, the styling is about 50% broken, and the ad after the first post is kaput. the bad news is that the site skins are completely broken, but that was eventually going to happen anyway because i'm now ready to start the upgrade process.
here's a link to the rough mockup
for the planned upgrades that was shown before. There's a ton more features and a couple of other pages that are still being hammered out between me and my consultant but things are progressing steadily. rather than wait to get everything finished and then changing everything over all at once, I've decided that a piece meal approach would be best for a couple of different reasons. if i waited until every page is done, the upgrade project would never get finished. also, i think this approach would be less of a shell shock to the user, like the saying about boiling a lobster. the last thing i want to do is pull a gawker and at least this way, i can explain things as i go and get some feedback along the way. and lastly, i need to brush up on my html5, css3, and jquery skills to make myself more marketable for potential jobs so this upgrade process is akin to a skills training exercise.
i'll probably be making posts like this as a sort of announcement in preparation for each upgrade. it's a long road ahead and with only the rough mockup of the homepage, we've barely scratched the surface. so anyways, the plan tonight was to get the new header up and running but with the snafu of the forum upgrade, i'm postponing it for the weekend. here's a screenshot of the new header:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13491782/newheader.png
we've relocated a lot of static elements from the right hand sidebar to the header to keep them more centralized and out of the way. this opens up the right hand side for more content. The header is also thinner to push the content higher up on the page.
the logo is new and we're adopting a new overall color scheme to brand the site. there's a new link on the nav bar linking to the store that right now has our t shirts for sale. eventually i might add all my old stock of lego that's sitting around doing nothing but collecting dust. we'll see.
anyways, i guess that's all i have to say for tonight. got feedback? thoughts? reactions? questions? let me know.