New Portfolio: Belleidea 2.0

February 4, 2011 Posted by Alfredo. Category: Journal,WebDesign. Tags: , , , ,

A new beginning!

It was about time I post something new in my blog. I have a very important announcement to make, I’ve updated my website with a new very minimalistic design (any feedback appreciated). As impressive as it maybe be (nahh!), it’s not only the aesthetics  that have changed, but the back-end engine has been completely rebuilt as well.

I have created a very slick (and lite) gallery view to display my pictures, it took me almost 1 month to complete. The driving force behind this project was my incursion to photography. I’ve been wanting to have a photography portfolio for quite some time now, and I didn’t really have something I could call my own. Now I do, Flickr was/is great, but it’s not quite mine. Although, with the gallery engine, I can pull photosets and collections directly from Flickr, thanks to Ajax and a dash of  Flickr API magic dust (you gotta love APIs).

I hope that with the  new re-design I can get more clients and a better platform to present my work. I am sure there are still some bugs and rough corners here and there, but as far as I know, it’s working pretty good. In fact the gallery is being  rendered quite beautifully in the new Ipad.

Another cool new feature is the blog platform. I am still using WordPress (probably always will), even though I was very tempted to switch to tumblr, but in the end I realized WordPress gives me all the flexibility in the world, if I want a feature, there is either a plugin for it or I pick into my brain and code one. The biggest updated in the blog is the commenting engine, I’ve decided to go with Disqus, it’s a great platform for comment threads, arguably its best feature is the connectivity with other social networking sites (e.g. Facebook).

I don’t want bore you with the details,  here is the new site, go through it, I would love to hear your comments and feedback, or even crazy new ideas for the site. I am planning to add a few more feature very soon, also I promise I will update my blog more often. Theres is lots of new pictures I gotta post 😛 .

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