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New look for 2010

by Simon Cox



New look for 2010

I have finally taken the plunge and updated the site and have switched over to ExpressionEngine.

New year heralds new design and some long overdue focus back on this website

I have now updat­ed simon​cox​.com and have moved the site to EE which I have been using since 2006 for oth­er sites but had kept using the MT con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem for this web­site. I had been wait­ing for Expres­sio­nEngine (EE) ver­sion 2 to launch before mak­ing the for­ay — although EE1 would have been very suit­able but I want­ed to test out EE2 on some­thing not mis­sion crit­i­cal! The new look and feel is a great design but not mine. I expect I will end up mod­i­fy­ing a lot until I am hap­py — well this site has always been my test bed any­way! I am not sure what to replace the cup of tea with at the moment and am hop­ing for a bit of inspi­ra­tion to burst forth.

Right now though all the old con­tent is miss­ing — just wait­ing for EE2’s import facil­i­ty to be com­plet­ed and then I can pull in the old site’s con­tent and spend a lot of hours sort­ing through the rub­bish and dis­till­ing it into some hope­ful­ly still read­able con­tent. Inte­gra­tion with my images that are sit­ting over on Flickr is also a pri­or­i­ty and I will put togeth­er a gallery as I have quite a lot of images to show you.

Com­ments will be back at some point so I can expect the inevitable abuse from my chums and of course the mod­el rail­way sec­tion will be get­ting a much-need­ed boost. This was one of the most vis­it­ed parts of the old site and one of my main hob­bies now.


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