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The Current & Actual Status of This Website

K├╝stenlandschaft mit 2 Aussichtsfelsen (Mit dem schwarzen Stern) Paul Klee. 1918. Watercolor over a chalk base on paper, laid on cardboard

I unintentionally started working on this website again at the beginning of the week, undertaking to rewrite my old template as a WordPress theme. As I always do whenever I undertake any kind of coding-based project that I am still fairly low-level in, I got completely engrossed and this week has been a write off. What I have to show for it, however, is this nice new website–managed by a CMS system whose power I did not appreciate prior to a few days ago.

The two things that remain to be done, in terms of web design, are to style the comments and to change some aspects of the layout. I would like the text to be just a bit wider at its maximum width, and I want the grey content area to take up more space.

I am locked into reproducing a lot of the features I see on digital publishing platforms. I want the main article area to have two side-columns, invisible, but capable of holding notes, references, and pull-quotes. I like the way that Real Life Magazine designs theirs, where the pull quote is kind of half-offset. It’s also important to me that I have a robust system for arranging citations–I think the way The New Inquiry does theirs is the best I’ve seen. From visiting their website for years, it seems like quotations and references can go in either side-column, based on the discretion of the editor, I assume. I think having the citation alongside the text is a lot better than the more common method I see, which is having a superscript number that takes you to that particular section in the endnotes section. Wikipedia is the most prominent example of this system.

Just a few other things that I would like to figure out for the website:

The mailing list is something that I will have to code independently of WordPress. I think that, once I get commenting and the mailing list set up, then I will have no excuse for NOT running the Lufa Farms story. 

Hilariously, this doesn’t get into the question of a local workflow at all, ha!