Spring Cleaning

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Yesterday was the first day I stayed home pretty much the whole day. It wasn’t the plan, but while I was there, I decided to a little spring cleaning. Those of you looking at the site from a feed reader may want to look at the new website. Or just follow these images:

The Jose Vilson Blog

The Jose Vilson Blog

The Jose Vilson Blog

I had to step it up a bit. I had a TV interview, and apparently, I had a few hits because of the interview. There’s also a most popular posts on the right sidebar for those of you interested.

SASSY Women Online

Sassy Women Online

Sassy Women Online

I didn’t change much since the last time I redid the site, but it’s really an optical illusion. I actually moved the whole website to a new database because a nasty virus was affecting the index. Also, notice that About the Author thing I highlighted at the bottom. For magazine-type blogs, it works best. A quick note: you’re probably going to have to do everything by hand since, frankly, most of the author-bio plugins I tested sucked.

LANSU (Latino Alumni Network of Syracuse University)



If any of you have recieved e-mail from my GMail before, you notice this is the last site I tag in my tagline. The first time I did it, I thought it was (at best) mediocre. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Then I saw this site and caught it immediately: it looked like a 12-year-old did it, and not a 12-year-old prodigy either. It was clean and informative, but I didn’t give it that elbow grease I applied to the previous 2 sites.

About 4-5 hours later, I come up with what you see above. It’s clean, it’s light, but most importantly, it looks better than most comparable SU alumni websites. Not that I’m competitive like that, but …

Here are some specs:

They’re all made under the Thesis 1.4.2 framework, and I got a little help from kristarella, pearsonified, and kingdomgeek (the Thesis trifecta). However, most of the photoshopping and site editing was done by yours truly and all yesterday.

Jose, who can only share but so much about his life …

p.s. – For those of you who didn’t catch my interview, I’ll have more information for you, soon. In the meantime, stay tuned :-)

Comments 2

  1. “Web design for personal sites” sure has changed due to WordPress and premium themes being so widely accepted and available for use. What once was a $1k+ job per project is now a $250 developer license + a day of coding and graphic production.

    I’ve got mixed feelings about it. On one hand, cheap web development means more people can get their message out to the world – even controversial messages that a free blog site like blogger would not dare to host. On the other hand, this is spurring one too many “do it yourselfers” who think coding one myspace page means they are a “web developer.”


    Business ethics aside, people serious about web design need to either adopt or die. You’re in the adoption group, thankfully.

    And because of this, you’re probably are sitting on a mini gold mine if you decided to do a bit of WordPress development for your blog readers. From following the linkbacks from the comments, quite a few people still need a self-hosted blog.

    “Jose the WordPress Technician” has a nice ring to it.

    (BTW, I’ve got the “gift” for your site. Just let me know where to email it.)

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