Having survived Christmas we now come to the lesser part of the Holidays: New Year… And there’s something else happening on January 1st 2016 too: –
The site was in development for a number of months prior to its official launch, and in fact started life as the WordPress Twenty Fifteen theme.
In some of the first builds I tried using Optimize Press as a theme; but it made the entire site look too sterile and sales-y. Yes the site is about sales of product to an extent; but Optimize Press screams internet marketer. – Although one of my functions is indeed internet marketing; it’s not my primary function. – As in: I’m an entertainer, rather then an internet marketer. There was no getting away from the sales-y-ness of Optimize Press, so I abandoned it as a to-be-customised theme in favour of the Twenty Fifteen default theme, which was also to-be-customised.
Although the Twenty Fifteen theme was rather good in its original form, it nevertheless required alteration and enhancement. New templates needed to be added to the theme in addition to the existing ones – . Also most of the existing templates required an update; particularly the content.php file, which initially, before modification, listed all posts in full chronologically, one above the other. The modified version lists post titles and snippets rather than post titles and full listings; after all it is still a blog, but the posts are individual posts, not a scroll-job.
New templates added include four custom-footers, three custom headers, and several extra custom page templates. The 404 page was originally the usual dull boring page that nobody ever really bothers to customise. I saw it as an entertainment and advertising opportunity and made it bright and colourful. – And it still, of course, gives the visitor the message that they got something wrong.
I even saw opportunity in the maintenance-page: Hardly anyone sees the maintenance-page; but it’s an advertising opportunity all the same. – So, since the site is temporarily out-of-function while the maintenance-page is showing – I showed ads for the Facebook page and others on it. Yes I do still need to include cross-browser support for it, which may well appear in a future build, but at least it’s more than it was before.
– So I could yatter on for ream after ream about what’s been done to the site to make it look different; but I’d bore you to tears eventually and I’d miss the entire point of this page – which is: –
A reminder that the official launch date of Sharron-Idol’s new, mobile-friendly and secure, website, at https://buggerallon.tv or http://sharron-idol.com – which redirects to it – is on Friday 1st January 2016. It would be nice if you dropped by on the day and browsed.
Other than that; I’d like to wish everyone a happy New Year for 2016…
And don’t do anything that I wouldn’t do:
If you like my spiel, or my music, or both - even my geekiness; then I'd like you to come back some time. - In fact I'd like to stay in touch with you, and have you come back here to this site sometime.
The only way I can think of to achieve this is to ask you to leave me an email address on which I can contact you... So I'll tell you what I'll do: I'll give you almost 30 minutes of my self-composed mix in exchange for your email address. - 'Good deal yeah? - 'Great, we're singing from the same lyric-sheet here, as it were.
When you enter your email address below and click "Get It Now", you'll be taken to my "Thank You" page, where you can download your music, and click on links to more of my stuff if you're interested too.
Since I will then have your email address I'll send you email from time to time; like when I have something interesting to say, or when I release something, or even when I think there's something I've found that you'd be interested in.
You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time if you get fed up with getting them, and I won't complain about it. - And you won't hear from me again; unless you re-subscribe.
'Sound good to you? OK let's do this: 'See the inset below? Follow the instructions - it's really easy - and we're away.
'See you there.
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