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Calling all cheerleaders... 
18th-Jun-2008 03:49 pm
Blatant request for moral support: Geek Related

We use a company that has created templates for our web site look. The top graphic, the adjusting side graphic, the static links on the navigation bar...these are all preset for me and I can't do anything but edit the 590 pixel width of content.

I now need to take control of the entire site, which means learning CSS (style sheets) and how to recreate the site as it looks right now, and then improve it once we have the site and control moved over to our own servers.

What I need:
Encouragement that I am capable of doing all this.
And, if you'd be so kind, justification for why you believe that to be true.

I realize I'm begging for my ego to be stroked, but the truth is I feel like I'm in really deep and I need those arm floaty things to keep my nose above the water line.

Undying gratitude and return honest support is the kickback.

any takers? Bueller?
18th-Jun-2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
You can do this! CSS is easy-peasy! I know because I had to learn a little bit of it recently, and you're WAAAAAAY more techy than I am, so it'll be a walk in the park for you! I think you'll actually like it quite a bit. I know once I got over the foreign-to-me factor, I was quite impressed by how graceful CSS can be.
18th-Jun-2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
You can *totally* do it. While I would doubt my own capability, YOU are a web-goddess, and you've written tech manuals for bob's sake. I know you have been struggling with a weasel infestation lately, but seriously, D - this will be a project that will engage you because it'll feed your tech side and also require creative thinking.

18th-Jun-2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
You can do it!
18th-Jun-2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
I was worried about learning CSS myself, but it was a lot of nothin' for nothin'. Especially since, hey, the site already exists, so you should have access to the existing code. Then it's just a matter of pulling it apart to figure out what everything does.

It sounds scary, but it ain't.
18th-Jun-2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Except, I'm not sure I have all the parts available. I can get the code for my stuff, but I don't know how to get the code for their template (which is CSS).

*keeps staring at it hoping it clicks*
18th-Jun-2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Hopefully, it should be something like this...

If you go to http://www.ourpinkhouse.com/blog and click on view the source, you'll see a bunch of lines like this one:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/blog/templates/bulletproof/base.css" />

That just means that particular CSS file is http://www.ourpinkhouse.com/blog/templates/bulletproof/base.css

Just open that in WordPad. :) You should be able to do the same with your site (unless there's some security stuff I don't know about, but I've done this on other sites).

Edited at 2008-06-18 08:26 pm (UTC)
18th-Jun-2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Awesome. That helped me find the missing pieces.

You're good with the rockin'!!!
18th-Jun-2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Glad to be of service. :)
18th-Jun-2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
If it's any help, I just re-did the website for my work (www.gpbr.com) entirely in joomla and it wasn't too difficult. I started off with a template, but pretty much tweaked every element. The CSS is easy to access in joomla, which was a nice feature while I was still in the customizing phase.
18th-Jun-2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
There's not a doubt in my mind that you can do it. I believe this wholeheartedly because anything and everything you've ever wanted to learn, you've put forth and done it. You, my dear friend, are a woman of many, many talents, and learning is but one of them. I have always admired not only your thirst for knowledge, but your abilities to learn AND do. You are THE inspiration!
18th-Jun-2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you can do it. CSS can be tricky, but it's pervasive. There are a gazillion resources out there.
18th-Jun-2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
YOU RAN A FREAKING STORE. Sheesh. Isn't that proof enough that you can do anything?

You were the marketing, the salesperson, the advertising, the creative force, you determined the prices, you ran the website.

What more can you ask for???

And your food rocks.
18th-Jun-2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
You rock, so sayeth the Skippy.
19th-Jun-2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
firefox has a webdev plug in that jared used for his smugmug account...

photos.haightonline.net (hosted by smugmug) made to match his blog blog.haightonline.net

that may be a good start for deciphering.
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