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September 9th, 2021 @ 1:22 am
i just updated one of my wordpress installs to the latest version (5.8.1) and when it was done, the latest update headline read “the next stop on the road to full site editing”.
as a web developer, one of my web 101 rules is that clients should NEVER have full site editing privileges. especially when it comes time to colors and page structure. this is how we end up with websites that look like a piles of disorganized horseshit OR geocitiesesque looking websites.
you might think i’m being dramatic, but at my first web job, my nerd boss (le swoon) built an editor where we would add tags to specific areas, to give clients editability (headers, divs, p tags, etc.). even at the most limited areas of editability, part of our job was cleaning up client’s code because they’d hit the bold button or italics button too many times. they would assign colors the wrong way, and a p tag would have nested several colors within it at once.
FYI: in HTML/websites, the regular/majority website text content (aka the text you’re reading right now) is a “p tag”.
<p>it looks like this in the code</p>.
when we setup websites, we assign style rules to p tags via stylesheets (an external file for all of your style rules in one place). for my p tag here, i’ve assigned the font-family (verdana font), the size, the line-height, the color (black aka #000000), font weight, etc. using a stylesheet, there’s no need to keep telling the browser what it should be every time there’s a new p tag (you can assign the rules inline on each p tag using the style attribute <p style=”font-family:verdana,sans-serif;”> if you wanted to, but no one does that anymore), with a stylesheet, there is one set of rules and it’s assigned for the entire site and only called once.
for example, within the <p> tag, our clients would have like…
<p><span style=”color:#FF0000;”><span style=”color:#FFFFFF;”><span style=”color:#FFFF00;”><span style=”color:#FF0000;”><span style=”color:#000000;”>some text</span></span></span></span></p>
…etc., this p tag has span tags with a few different colors, because the clients had the ability to change colors. i’m dumbing it down, i’ve seen where there were like HUNDREDS of lines of that, it was insane sometimes. i’ll be fair and say while the editor was injecting and not deleting the span tags, the person was still sitting there clicking these things, when they should have stayed within the color palette anyway.
when you have a website, you’re supposed to have a color palette and stick to it, not have all beiges and a highlight color (say, a dark orange and black) or two then stick A BRIGHT BLUE HEADING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PAGE. this is why we tend to avoid giving creative access to clients, but i digress…
if in case you don’t know what wordpress is, tl;dr: wordpress is a free/open source CMS (content management system). it’s been around since the early 2000s and has been pretty much the same since its inception. it used to be for bloggers, but then it evolved into this CMS beast, hosting a large amount of the internet’s websites (WordPress is used by 41.4% of the top 10 million websites as of May 2021 – Wikipedia).
in 2018, for some idiotic reason, wordpress head honchos decided they were going to switch up the default content editor. without any input from the tons of developers that brought wordpress to more of a CMS platform than a blogging platform, just *poof* the new editor was there. a lot of people were pissed… me being one of those people.
out of sheer anger from reading that stupid ass installation confirmation headline, i decided to look at both plugins pages on wordpress.org to see how many active installs there were for “classic editor” and “gutenberg” to see if my argument against this newest bullshit is still valid. i usually check in once a year, to see if i’m still not alone in this, and i never am.
i hate gutenberg, and i will die on this hill. hopefully classic editor will still be supported for the future, because if i have to turn to the dark side, i’d rather chop off a toe and eat it.
anyways, if you’re not completely turned off by my nerd rant, here’s what the stats turned out:
July 18th, 2019 @ 11:36 am
sooooo social media UX complaint tiiiime…
i mainly use twitter and instagram (yes i am signed up for sites like pinterest and tumblr, etc – but i rarely use them). over the last few years, the UI/UX has changed for many popular websites. change, i have to learn to accept it, i get it… but when websites and services aren’t being responsible about UI/UX because of design trends, i get irritated.
earlier this year, twitter started preview testing a new desktop layout for people… why? i don’t fucking know. there was nothing wrong with it. i feel like twitter is the least popular of the social media giants, and they’re trying so hard to fit in.
over the years, i’ve made a lot of friends via twitter and i’ve had IRL friends on twitter. often times, the IRL friends are just like “i don’t get it” (re: twitter). i don’t really understand what someone doesn’t understand about using it. you talk, people talk back, you follow brands/news/whatever. if i follow a band, i can see very important merch or tour date updates. i don’t use FB, and instagram’s algorithm is HORRENDOUS, so twitter is handy for me. for people that “don’t get it”, this layout isn’t going to make people “get it” anymore than they already don’t.
i’ve been avoiding this shithole desktop twitter update like the damn plague. i turned it on when they first offered it and reverted within minutes. it’s fucking awful, but now it’s been rolled out officially, and i can’t get out of it.
from a developer’s standpoint, i can see what they were trying to do. on mobile/responsive/things below a laptop/desktop, it was running on the react JS library, now they’ve applied it to desktop. for me, changes like these are horrible, because i have a very specific workflow and a way to use the internet. clearly THE CORRECT WAY BECAUSE I AM A FUCKING WEB DEVELOPER AND NOT A LAZY IDIOT. i don’t do well by sites forcing me to do things their way. ie: in the trending area, i can no longer right click and open things in a new tab, now you’re forced to click it and it opens in the same window. that is VERY bad for user experience and is taking you away from your timeline.
react makes things go faster. i saw a reddit page dedicated to talking about it, and of course the nerds were all “oMg iT’s So MuCh FaStEr, nOw iT iS nOw aMaZiNg”. shit like this irritates me because unless you’re on a 56k modem, how fucking fast do you need something to go exactly? were you having to wait an extra 0.5 seconds for something to load? AKA the trending/who to follow shit that nobody wanted anyway… these people are absolutely ridiculous and have no patience.
since this is what twitter has now opted for, i’m affected in 837983 different ways, and am seriously considering jumping ship. i’m not going to be frustrated while using something that’s supposed to be a recreational thing. LETTUCE DISCUSS…
February 11th, 2019 @ 11:42 pm
i have to work on a mac at work. a laptop. this is so that i can pick up my computer and pop into meetings throughout the large office, with remote workers and such… i get it. i respect it.
BUT IT SUCKS.
macs are fucking awful.
fun fact: i own an iphone. i’m not sitting here just randomly bashing apple products bc OMGz WINDOWS/ANDROID R tHe GReAtEsT. android phones are fucking awful, no fucking thank you. for me, mac computers = android phones. they’re both not intuitive and are over complex for no good fucking reason.
when the IT guy was installing adobe programs for me, i asked if i could switch to PC and he said that i was mainly on a mac bc of adobe products. he says “they work better on macs”.
first off, LOL.
secondly, i’ve been using photoshop in windows since 1997. since about 99/00, photoshop HAS NEVER EVER EVER CRASHED ON ANY OF MY PC COMPUTERS EVER. no crashes, no waiting with a spinning rainbow thing, no sudden closing, no errors. literally NO ISSUES.
i only know what that spinning rainbow is because of my friends bitching about it or posting screenshots of it while using photoshop on macs.
in closing, i don’t think that’s the best argument anymore.
July 28th, 2018 @ 1:46 am
after i had posted earlier today, i was thinking to myself… “why do i still have a website (/blog)?” the term seems like it’s almost obsolete in terms of personal websites or blogs. i’m also going to be 37 this year… but that’s a dumb reason to stop doing this. i have some weird fixation and anxiety that people need to “grow up” at some point. like i will just magically give up dying my hair, getting tattoos, dressing like a 13 year old sk8r boy or using this website. i mean, i don’t want to get married nor have kids, so do i even have a growing up point? newp.
i’ve been doing this since the late 90s, and i don’t like NOT having one, whether i commit to posting to it or not. i gained so much inspiration and a bunch of friends bc of these types of websites over the years. i guess part of me keeps going in case people do the same with me. random online friends came about that way, so why not? i can see in my stats that people still come here, even if they’re not interactive (i know, it’s not exactly a wall or an instagram comment, so you clam up), so i guess i just keep going. it’s also quite therapeutic in a way and helps articulate my thoughts better.
my ex once told me that he thought i was a “public figure” or something of sorts on here. i kind of find that funny/weird, but i know what he meant. maybe i’m not relevant in a circle of bloggers or webmasters anymore, but it’s okay. i like having a site like this available to people just like when i actually find one that still exists.
i love (harmlessly) going through websites. between seeing other people’s interests and recommendations, and just relating issues to other people’s, so you don’t feel alone in this shitty world, i appreciate these types of websites. for me, it’s not about making myself seem cool, getting attention, etc. – if you had this type of a website, i’m sure you’d understand that. it was mostly about the layout/design work, the coding… etc. – the content is the last thing i think we worried about. i think our mission was just being ourselves and like finding people we can relate to. we’re not all just narcissists.
i don’t post as much anymore bc i had (or probably still have) an online stalker. no matter how mild of a stalker she was, i don’t want her to know what i’m doing or where i am, so i no longer post about stuff like that. it kind of blows, but it’s the reality that comes along with this caca. it makes me want to use tumblr more (even though i don’t), at least for the images, so i can talk less about myself (although i don’t really talk much about personal shit here anyway).
i don’t design like i used to with extravagant layouts, and i refuse to budge this amazing myspace layout, so i dunno what to do with this anymore. i know this layout probably just looks like classic myspace to you guys, but it’s customized so much. the ads at the top, everything in the sidebar, the top friends area is all custom coded on the admin side so i can easily add and not have to code anyone in manually… it’s way more impressive on the back-end that you’ll never see. FYI: i had to restructure this entire site solely from classic myspace images via google. sometimes from really shitty small images. so yeah, #nerdalert
i really want to finish a project/zine-ish type thing that i started that’s all designed in web 1.0 like back in the day. maybe in 2019.
i don’t think i really had too much of a point, just blabbering on about nonsense as a blogger does…
thanks for swinging by, i guess.
January 29th, 2018 @ 1:54 pm
has anyone found a worthwhile alternative to shitty facebooked instagram yet?
VSCO, meh. also, i used to use this as a photo editor. when the fuck did it turn into a social media app? lol
flickr, STILL sucks.
fame monkey, this name is too weird. i dunno – have you tried it?
July 1st, 2015 @ 4:12 pm
FFFUUUUU GOOGLE, I DID IT MYSELF!!!1
so two years ago, i posted about this seemingly lost WPIX indiana jones promo (please go read the post, so that i don’t have to write about it again, lol #lazyblogger). i was stumping google so hard, but i found a few people also inquiring about it… so i wrote to them about it as well. nothing ever turned up, so i emailed WPIX directly last november as a last resort.
it’s almost as if it didn’t exist… UNTIL TODAY.
i got an email in my inbox from one of their reps earlier that lead me straight to it!
sooooooooooo, if for some reason you too were looking for the WPIX “Raiders of the Lost Ark” movie promo… here ya go (a blurb from my email is even in there)!!!1
P.S. sorry i haven’t posted in like, 5 months… i post randomly @ jaejess.com, so check there if you’d like to read my thoughts, and i’m lacking here.
February 25th, 2015 @ 3:25 pm
yesterday, i tweeted the following:
“mobile sucks the fun out of web design. as convenient as it may be, you can’t make cute layouts in mobile. fuck you, mobile.”
“i’ve been doing this for 18 years. imagine a full canvas painter being forced to create/squeeze artwork on a post-it note… sads.”
i am one of those people that loathe change. not only do i loathe change, i can’t stand when people try to fix something that isn’t broken.
when i started doing graphic and web design and web development back in the mid/late 90’s, things were different. exciting, even. i had a personal website (as many others in our little web community that i came across over the years), and every couple or few weeks, i’d switch up the layout. to us, back then, this was challenging and fun. our creative minds would reflect our interests and hobbies, while showing off our photoshop skills. for myself, i came from the world of mario paint. i would make the most complex pictures with that video game. then i begged my mother for a computer. then i discovered paint, and later on, my first boyfriend introduced me to photoshop. it was a fun snowball. once i discovered the layers in photoshop, my life was complete.
coming from the design/dev world of the late 90’s into the 2000’s, i knew the horrible pains of having to deal with early cross-browser bullshit, and the horror of dealing with several different resolution sizes. i started designing in the days where AOL was your go-to browser. YUP, i’ve put in my damn time.
once monitors started going flat, that meant wide. that meant that everything us designers wanted to do – wide scale layouts – could finally be a reality!
…until mobile browsing soon came along. 😐
i don’t really want to get into the debate about mobile dev/browsing. i will say, however, that i’m (obviously) definitely not a fan of it. even though this article is from 2012, it still has completely relative points that i relate to, so i’ll let tom handle it.
my biggest beef has to do with the tweets aforementioned in this post. although i’ve been doing a lot of the header/nav/content/sidebar/footer layouts in the last few years, i still LOVE layouts that are absolutely positioned/fixed/totally creative and OUT THERE. creative, fun, out-of-the-box and different. take a look at how i used to design… it was so much fun, and the possibilities were endless.
granted, i could still pull off a bunch of those types of layouts, you can’t view a lot of them properly, on a phone browser! in fact, i don’t even know if you can scroll iframes in a mobile browser, lol.
i don’t browse mobile websites. i only use safari on my iphone for googling quick info, and browsing shops online that i screenshot of, and check on desktop later. mobile versions of websites are awful, a lot of the time they lack information or navigation. on responsive websites, you completely lose elements of the website. and for what? to read text larger? people, all you have to do is double tap and it zooms in… just sayin.
March 6th, 2014 @ 11:42 am
my co-worker friend was mentioning how hockey fans are the most passionate sports fans compared to other sports. my other co-worker (aka large, obnoxious buffoon) makes fun of me for often referring to ranger happenings as if i’m part of the team (ie: “we’ve” traded our captain). i happen to agree with the first co-worker. although growing up as a mets fan, i’ve often shed tears from the blue/orange as well. i cried so hard at the end of our 99-00 season and again during 2007. just as i do when the rangers don’t make it to the playoffs, or my favorite players are traded.
the video above is a prime example of just how passionate/emotional us hockey folks are, including the men. this video makes me cry so hard every time that i watch it.
September 18th, 2013 @ 3:56 pm
(without the circle, that was just for the text path and OBV that’s not what the key is going to look like – it’s just a rough sketch.)
what this simple thing is complexly represented by (ready, steady…):
1. this will be donny miller tattoo #2 (one of my favorite artists ♥).
2. F5 (two parts):
a) it’s a computer keyboard button/key — hello, i’m a web developer! i hit that key like 987398379378 times a day to refresh webpages, so i’m hyped that i finally have something that can represent my hobby of the last 16 years, and my career.
b) whenever i have had something drastic/horrible happen in life, i have always felt that you can “hit the refresh button” and just move on so that it doesn’t consume you. it’s totally a shot at a fresh start. yes, i’m mainly referring to breakups…
anyways. my last BIG/long relationship horrible breakup that i had left me feeling so fucking empty, useless and stressed out. blah blah blah feelings smash blah, i ended up listening to the bouncing souls album “anchors aweigh” a lot, and one song in particular helped me get my perspective into place.
good ol’ apartment 5F…
“destruction leaves an empty space… in emptiness again, i begin to create. feeling good again now, in some new kind of way… feeling good again now.”
totally “refresh”ing, and funny enough, F5 || 5F mirror each other.
and that is that. ♥
August 31st, 2013 @ 11:27 pm
i’m not gonna lie, i did NOT think of this gem on my own. i was cruising around the interwebz and landed on kreayshawn’s tumblr and was like #UNF at her theme. so i hand coded this entire thang to function as closely to classic myspace as possible (so much went into it, i was surprised how long it actually took).
if you know me, you know that i loathe facebook. mainly because it was the downfall of my beloved myspace. i used to have a heavily/worldly supported website for contact tables and it was my creative outlet for years. once it was gone, my creative flow was just like… KAPUT!
i had my website on hiatus for years, then i started messing with photoshop/coding again once i got my job doing website development full time back in 2008. i appreciate people’s websites and the effort that goes into building layouts from the ground up. when i decided to make this layout, it wasn’t as easy as i had anticipated, lol. i always remember the myspace layout being mainly tables, but i forgot just now nested/terribly they were laid out (that was sort of nerd talk, sorry. tables are a bunch of invisible boxes where all of the content lives in cells).
so i’m rambling about bullshit nonsense… i only wanted to say it was via some themeing site that kreayshawn used, and not my own bright idea.
ANDDD… that i’m psyched to have my old profile functional, sort of, lol.
March 25th, 2013 @ 12:17 pm
firstly, i just want to state very clearly that i have loved kevin smith, and his movies for years. i think he’s hilarious and brilliant and i love the way that he references and pays homage to things that he loves. i fall into such a 90’s feel when watching those movies, and i love and miss them times so much… so i love to throw them on often.
at any rate, i went on an anti-brodeur tirade on google today. i went scouring for an “uncle daddy” shirt. if you have no idea what i’m referring to, read this (one of many articles covering the story).
in addition to not finding an “uncle daddy” shirt, i did however find a lot of good videos and NYR articles praising players that are no longer on our team, as well. however, going through articles i somehow stumbled upon this article, and it left me feeling very unsettled about the entire premise of the article.
it can be divided into so many different “arguments/points”, so i’ve gotta start this off with a “read more” link because not only did it spark reasoning/an explanation of the NYR vs. NJD rivalry (even between the fans, we don’t just “HATE” you guys for no reason, kevin), but it close-to-home sparks a NYM vs. NYY debate, as well from one of his interview quotes.
i’ll intertwine both.
June 28th, 2012 @ 10:35 pm
for the last few months, while i’m still freelancing for the company that i have worked for since 2008, i’ve been looking for a full time job in web development. the job market is fucking awful, and i keep feeling like finding a job doing what i love is going to be hopeless. especially since all that i really want to do is build wordpress websites for artists, small business’s, musicians, etc.
while i go through all of these websites for jobs, it’s the same BS… i look for website developer work and they want one person that can do 9379379387 things, unpaid interns or people who freelance. personally, i don’t want to freelance. working on a 1099 is ridiculously (tax) annoying, and i want a steady salary and health benefits again. aside from all of these companies wanting one person that does a shit ton of things relatively affiliated to development (although it’s a little fucking ridiculous the skill sets that are being requested), i find some of these listings hysterical. i’m looking up “html/css/wordpress” specifically, and i keep getting job listings that call for drupal, joomla, ajax, asp, mobile sites, ui development, magento, ruby on rails, etc.
like, yes, it would be great if you could find someone that could do all of those things… but when i’m specifically searching for a wordpress development job, i don’t want to read all that bullshit. i feel like it’s as bad as when you’re looking to buy something on ebay with the idiots that throw in the ***VINTAGE AMERICAN EAGLE ABERCROMBIE AE AEROPOSTALE*** type shit (meanwhile, you’re searching for a discontinued gap shirt or something, lol). stupid turds throw off the whole FINDING A SPECIFIC ITEM FORMULA.
i find it a little strange that someone would even have a job listing that included “html/css” if the job is aiming for a cms developer… what kind of developer can work on and build an entire CMS and would NOT know the basic building blocks? so stupid.
i even found a job listing for a graphic design job yesterday that was asking for background in website design AND architecture, lol.
W T F ? ? ? ?
i don’t know what other type of work i could/should get into other than this. i would love to just do something creative. in fashion, doing nails, accessories? ahhhhhh, so unsure.
June 17th, 2012 @ 1:43 am
i redid my portfolio over @ S2UDIO tonight, and i felt weird when i was updating the homepage text, which was pitching the importance of having a website. i felt like having a go to domain with a website isn’t going to be as important as it once was, because of sites like facebook and twitter, etc.
i think that everyone is so spoiled and reliant on smaller, more instant micro-updates, rather than directly visiting a site for “bigger” updates. because of this, i think people would rather rely on a website like facebook.
i guess i wouldn’t consider myself a web-pioneer or anything, but do i remember the mid 90’s when people only went to AOL keyword pages and websites. i’ve had my own website since around 1998, and always appreciate the importance of having a go-to information hub. as a “blogger” (cringe), i still have this website (that now only sees less than 100 people a day, as opposed to other heavy traffic it saw years ago), i have a tumblr (for images only, really), twitter, instagram, aim, a flickr account, we heart it, it’s just endless. now with pinterest (which i have, but don’t use), it seems like the better the technology, there’s more room for people to just get lost in the shuffle. especially with the re-blog, re-pin, re-post options. (PS – people don’t use tags properly, nor do they provide sources, which is also frustrating.)
i don’t know if i sound like an old lady complaining about this, but i feel like it’s a bunch of chaotic bullshit. as much as i love new technology and advancements, i wish it were like the early 2000’s still. i’d be making a killing making websites, lol.
the demographic of people that could use my freelance services NOW sometimes complain about pricing, but what i charge is pretty inexpensive, especially for the quality and service of what you get. because of the aforementioned sites, i feel like they’re less likely to see a website like that as a necessity.
i was seriously born in the wrong era.
September 29th, 2011 @ 10:26 pm
if you don’t use instagram, i suggest not reading this because it’s just a review of the new version… and my complaints that follow with it. (of course…)
so it’s been a week since the instagram upgrade, and i’ve just realized that my eyeballs were NOT deceiving me… they made seemingly drastic changes to existing filters, and three of my favorite ones are just totally removed no thanks to the four new (in my opinion, mediocre, that all look alike?) filters. also: that new live/auto-preview while you’re applying the filter… #worst! now personally, i can’t decide what damn filter i want to use because of the live change. i miss just clicking the filter and seeing it.
i also noticed that when uploading the images to my flickr account, the filter that’s been chosen is no longer provided as a tag. something super small, but i did appreciate that.
i also can’t revert back to the previous version because itunes auto-deletes the old version on app upgrades, and i totes emptied my recycling bin since then. i searched for the .ipa file and i couldn’t find it 🙁
so. pissed. off.
and this hurts my little heart.
in my own little dreamworld, they would do a public vote on their website to see how people really feel about this upgrade. (and go back and just apply some of the changes) 🙁 </3
if not, maybe some genius could make an app of the old instagram filters… that would be amazeballs.
dear instagram, if you ever read this…
you. broke. my. heart.
NOW FIX IT….. AND FIX THE APP, TOO.
further reads about the same feelings (that specifically sum it up better than i could…):