The new website, dougplummer.com, is up and live! I’ve been working with Christine Larsen all summer on design and implementation of this. My last web remodel was in 2002 and, though it looked good, it didn’t reflect my current work, and in particular, it didn’t reflect the way digital has altered my visual style.
Another goal with the redesign was to incorporate my blogging content into my main web presence. There are live feeds on my main site now from both my blogs, this one and my Daily Photo. I was finding I was getting as much or more traffic to my blogs than to my website, so I wanted my website to be "bloggier", with live and changing content. Overall, the site may not be quite so elegant as before, but I’m pleased with the organization. It has that content-rich feel of a blog now, which I think is more current.
That said, I can’t see my own website, at least when I log in from home. This is the start of a blog rant, so if you can’t stand those (I can’t), just stop now. I am captive to an inept ISP, Nationwide Internet. They bought up The River, which previously ate up Servnet, which used to be a charming, little, attentive, quality Seattle ISP when I got online in 1993. But now I’m hostage to Nationwide, who cannot seem to purge its files of the old DNS listing for my domain, which now resides with a kinder, nicer host (Pair). Since I moved out Nationwide is acting like a horrid, clutchy, spurned lover who won’t let go. It’s been a week, with calls every day to tech support, who can’t believe that they could possibly be so incompetent ("I assure you, we’ll handle this today. We’ll solve this problem immediately." "No, I assure you that you probably won’t. I’ll be calling you tomorrow." And I do.)
Because they can’t redirect the DNS setting for dougplummer.com, I can’t download mail that comes to my domain address. I’ve been looking at it on Pair’s webmail all week. I’m leaving town for a week tomorrow, and I’ll be connecting wirelessly through other servers. I could live with that until I dumped them as my ISP, when I get back. But it doesn’t just affect me. Anyone on Nationwide Internet is blocked from seeing my site. At the rate they’ve been assimilating little ISPs all over the planet, I don’t know how many people this is affecting.
China, if you’re looking for someone to handle your internet operations, I have just the firm. They’re really good at what you’d want.