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All change!

Posted on: February 27th, 2012 by joel

It’s been a whistle stop tour since the whole port80 thing was kicked off less than a month ago. All the Speakers have been sorted, a venue agree and, more importanlty, near 3/4 of the early bird tickets have already gone. Wow!

The website was nothing more than a Tumblr theme, fair enough – I wanted to keep time/costs to a minimum and it seemed to fit the back-of-a-fag-packet bill. However, it’s started to bug me, it does look a little pants and is not the ideal solution – especially for a web conference.

So I’ve decied to replace it with some a little more fitting. 

Kicking things off with Bootstrap

When the situation means that I do have to roll up my sleaves and code, I normally build everything by hand (bar normalize.css, jquery libraries etc obviously!) but I wanted to try something a little different this time. I’ve heard good things about Twitter’s Bootstrap frontend framework so I thought this would be an ideal project to play with.

I’m not going to pretend that this project will be able to get exactly the TLC which projects do at my day job at Jojet but I’m thinking that the audience will be pretty forgiving (as long as it’s not crap of course) and it’ll be an interested work in progress and perhaps fuel a few blog posts on its own.

Oh, and here’s a sneak preview

No more dithering

If I’m 100% honest I think I’d also say that I Tumblr was an easier route because I’m not a world class designer. I’ve always been a mix of creative, frontend builder & backend builder – not excelling in any but pretty competent in all. 

This mix used to annoy me but I’ve come to just embrace it – so, the 2nd version of the port80 website will be my creation (with a lot of help from Bootstrap ;).

The site should be live next week and I’ll blog again then about what’s working well and….what’s not working so well 😉


p.s. here’s a very early, sneak peek, as you can see, Bootstrap shining through 🙂



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