GeoCities. Remember a time on the web when GeoCities was cool? When having all those banners, “Site under construction” notices, and blinking text were The Hotness? Then you probably remember that a few years later you saw those sites and thought to yourself “Still using GeoCities? Isn’t it time to upgrade yet?". Then later still you saw those sites and said to yourself “I will never admit to having had a GeoCities page back in the day. No one can prove it”. Like fashion, tastes change. What is “tasteful and modern” now, will be crusty looking in a few years. The last iteration of JonDavis.name, based on WordPress, was launched in about 2011 (I think). It was, as they say, time for an upgrade.
HTML5 UP, which is a collection of free CC-BY-3.0 templates. All of them are responsive, CSS3, and very attractive. My CSS and web design has been getting rusty (other than the most basic of modifications), so this gave me a chance to really stretch my legs. I’d recommend any of the templates on HTML5 UP with one major caveat, there is negligible documentation. Even changing the colors of a menu bar will take a bit of work to understand and execute on (and more work when you “go responsive”). Next upgrade I think will be more in the jQuery world.
So, why all the work? Why all of a sudden? Partially it was a small project that provided me a chance to get my hands dirty in newer web design technologies. The most important reason is that it was time to either update, or shut it down. I mentioned in the intro that a decent portfolio and a custom email domain was a nice touch for someone in technology. A “portfolio” (of any kind) that is years out of date (or looks it) does you more harm than good.