Okay, so before I started messing with the actual site templates for the rebuild, I oh-so-cleverly just did a backup of everything on all Moveable Type controlled ME-hosted sites. I’m going to start a total site mirror right after I finish this post (which I certainly don’t do frequently enough these days) and go to bed and hope it works. I’ve got sketches of the new site interface, and I just spent several hours working with the new search functionality built into MT so that when I go to put search fields on every page, they’ll work the way I expect them to. Unfortunately, the thing I wanted to be able to do with it most is not an option in the current version of the software, even with creepy Teel-workarounds, without completely re-writing the Search module of MT. Still, it will allow you to search through everything on ME, including (after I go through and manually update every single comic-related entry on the site) text in comics.
Here’s a fun thing: if you type something like “so much pressure” or “writing a novel” into the search field on the Main FYTH page, it will only give you results from my entries here on FYTH. But from the Search Results page, search entries for the same phrase, and you’ll see that it finds results across everything all over ME, including the one comic I updated. Neat, eh?
Anyway, I think the new design will be easy to use, and will not tax the servers as much as the current design, reducing the risk of errors (I hope). I’m thinking of making it backwards-compatible with older browsers, too, though I don’t really have any way to test that with my current setup. The first version may or may not support the color switched styles of the current version of ME, but a version certainly will eventually. Depends on how things go.
Now, I’m off to double-backup, and hopefully off to sleep. I’m supposed to meet Art to see Star Trek Nemesis at 4:10 at the Centerpoint in Tempe. I hope I wake up in time. Zoe, you’re welcome to join us, if you’re not on the other side of the world at the time. Heck, anyone’s welcome to join us. It’s not like we rented out the theatre.