Luz Cannon "Version 6." May Contain Drupal.

An article by David Brooks on June 27, 2010


When I started in the world of professional web design, one of the first things I learned was the Content Management System called Textpattern. In 2005 it was the thing to have and many of my “heroes” used it. Some of them still do, actually. But, it’s 2010, and as James Brown would say, “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag!”

I started using Drupal at work before it was cool, somewhere in 2006 or 2007. But it never made sense to make the switch for my personal sites. I had hundreds of articles written in Textpattern and I didn’t really want to take the time to convert it all just for the sake of switching. Besides, Drupal 5 was ridiculous… in my opinion.

Lately I’ve been disappointed by the lack of development of Textpattern. It’s not that it needs a lot more features than it has, it’s just that it’s not doing hardly anything at all. And, I think, if I’m promoting Drupal to my clients I should be using it on my personal site.

Okay, a moment of confession here, my main site is still running on Textpattern. And it will probably stay that way since I spent a few days last month adding the ability to order prints from it, handle PayPal, etc. Someday I’ll probably switch it to Drupal, too… but at the moment the idea of that just doesn’t provoke an enthusiastic response from me at all.

But back to this site… I’ve switched, and redesigned at the same time. There are a few more things I’ll implement before I consider this design “complete,” but I didn’t want the design to force me to maintain two sites simultaneously.

The Old Design Version 5

The New Design Version 6

For as much as I dragged my feet on making the switch, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with it. With the new inspiration, I may even start writing more often.

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David Brooks is the owner of the small creative studio, Northward Compass, based out of Orlando, Florida. He writes electronic and ambient music as Light The Deep, and fantasy stories about a place called Elerien.

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