Friday, March 25, 2016

attempting to update the web site

I've been toying with changing the galleries on my web site. They work well now but it's an old fashioned look and I'd like to get them more in line with the home page. I started working on a new gallery page using the Jedit app which I paid for years ago but when I upgraded my OS, that app was no longer supported. Something to do with Java which Steve Jobs apparently had issues with. I downloaded the new version but it's only good free for 20 days, then I have to buy it again because I didn't keep or can't find my previous receipt or registration number. A friend recommended another free web editor app, KompoZer, which I spent a frustrating day yesterday using trying to get the links to work and the image buttons to appear. I did get the links to work, opening in a new window, but the images for the buttons won't appear. I keep getting the broken image icon. Not only that but the images for the links in the header aren't showing up either and I know the code for those is correct.

I'm wondering if it has something to do with KompoZer vs Jedit since I originally designed these pages with Jedit. Don't get the wrong idea. I am not a software writer, have never taken a single class in code. I originally designed the look of my web site back in 2000 using a graphics program and then paid someone to build it and publish it. Since then I have, with a little help...OK, a lot of help...from a friend who actually makes his living doing that sort of thing, learned how to manipulate and change the already existing code and, in fact, the way it looks today is completely different from the original version. Unfortunately, I can't ask my friend for help these days since he moved to NY state.

After my frustrating day yesterday, intermittently shouting that this is totally FUBAR, I'm thinking I should activate my 20 free days with Jedit and see if the problem still exists but I haven't done it yet because...big job. I wasn't sure I would have the time to use it more than a day or so.

And, as it turns out, I won't. The art consultant has asked me to go ahead and start on the art work since I have the deposit even though the client has not OKed the install yet. I don't think she has presented it to them yet since I got an email from her yesterday saying she wants to talk to my installer to have him walk her through the process. As if I didn't know what I was talking about when I explained everything to her. Fine. Whatever. He's just going to tell her the same thing that I told her.

Anyway, Monday, I am finally going to start on this small animal hospital job but at this point working with my FUBAR gallery page seems a lot more attractive.

edit:  Happily I managed to get it all to work by putting the index page in the main folder but not because I understand why it wouldn't in its own folder. It should have worked in its folder on the server just like all the other pages work in their folders. Oh well. All I care about is it's working now.


  1. Technology- we're not quite there yet, are we?

  2. My head explodes just reading about it Ellen. I just can't do anything on the computer. I've had a mac for a year now and still don't know how to do much on it. I'm hopeless.

  3. Few things are as annoying as having technical issues. The suck so much time... and after the time is gone, it seems we haven't done a thing. I hope you can find a solution soon.

  4. I'm terribly unsophisticated when it comes to computers, so I pay a company to monitor and modify my site when necessary. This keeps my remaining hairs on my head.

  5. I knew what I was doing once, maybe twenty years ago. Now I have a fine young man making it all work.

  6. I'm in the process of deleting programs, cleaning out files, backing up photos, etc., ahead of changing computers. The very thought of all that leaves me quaking -- that's why I'm having a computer built to my specs by some nice tech gurus who'll do the installation, explain exactly how everything fits together, etc.etc. Not only that, if you know the people who built the machine are just down the road, it beats having to deal with Dell, Apple, etc. by several country miles, if something should go wrong.

  7. Well, that's all way too technical for me! :)


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