venusvulture.com revamped site

The new venusvulture.com website is working a treat now.
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I figured out what I’d done wrong (see the bottom of this post) – I’d made the base of some images in Windows Paint, which capitalises the .JPG extension, and then the html didn’t like them because they were all .jpg. The joys of hand coding.
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Sure, there’s tinkering to do, but it’s looking better than the minimal look it used to have.

New index screen at venusvulture.com
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(Original post and graphic)
Gurgle and sad faces. My updates to the website seem to have gone squish (it’s a long story involving using two different computers, and being away from the other one as I post this). At the moment it looks like this:

Well that’s not working for anyone (though, surprisingly enough, the links do work). Somehow I think I’ve rushed Filezilla and missed getting some of the pictures uploaded. Will fix it later on. Yes, normal service will be resumed.

Streamined website – why?

Thanks to those who’ve given me feedback on the updated venusvulture.com website – I have made a couple of minor changes. I am certainly a fan of minimal and streamlined and tired of sparkly ads, flash player required, complex links and pages stuffed to bursting or that scroll forever. The index page is 1kb of html and 31kb of images. I’ve avoided Dreamweaver, etc. and just hand-coded the html (yes, typed it as a text file). Too old school? Probably. Anyway, this is the code for the index page, for those who are interested.

Ah, no metadata, no java. That’ll probably cost me hits too. Oh well. I do have a favicon, but I still can’t figure out why it’s not working – something missing in the code?

New venusvulture.com site is ready and working

New index screen at venusvulture.comWhew. It’s been a while in the making, but the new Venus Vulture/Sean Monaghan website is running. It’s tidier and more streamlined. The homepage probably goes against conventions, but I like the look – going for minimal. There are still some bits to update, but it’s always a work in progress.

I promised this a while ago – there’s a screenshot in this post from late last year of how the site used to look.

venusvulture.com clean-up happening

This is the old site
How the site looks

My website venusvulture.com has been a little neglected, I must admit, probably in favour of this blog.

I do my own coding and uploading, which takes time and effort and I’ve been slack – there are some broken links (the Resting Bell netlabel releases are out of print now, and Bookhabit sold to Smashwords, so my eBook Habitat is also unavailable*), and my publications list is out of date, so there’s lots of clean-up to do.

I’ll be launching the new site in early January with a new look (which I’ve already designed and laid out) with active links.

*I did have the option to move Habitat to Smashwords, but the process is complex and given how little response I got through Bookhabit, I’m not convinced it’s worth it. I also think that Habitat is dated now, in terms of my writing, so it’s probably good to be out of print too.