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Mar '07

New Updates On The Way!!!!!

I have been a slacker since Thanksgiving! I have a bunch of updates that will happen over the next few weeks. Yes, that includes removing the falling snow and Christmas BatesCentral logo!


Posted by Bill on March 30th, 2007 at 4:39 pm

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Oct '06

New BatesCentral Pictures Website

Yes, I have been woefully deficient at updating our website. Yes, I have promised and promised to upload new pictures. Yes, I have thrown myself at your mercy before… that is all in the past! I will now live up to some of my past promises. The new BatesCentral Gallery site is online!

I was planning on customizing the gallery site to look and feel more like our main site, but I just can’t seem to find the time. Regardless, it will now be a lot easier and less time consuming for me to post new pictures online. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still won’t be great about posting pictures immediately ;-), but I will be much better!

Features of the new gallery:

  • Better organization into albums
  • Movie clips (okay, the old gallery had them too, but they are much cooler now!)
  • Pictures and albums are searchable
  • There is an RSS feed (for the real web geeky types)
  • Has a way cool random picture and most viewed picture
  • You can upload directly to PhotoWorks and Shutterfly (the quality I use on the web is good for 4×6 and 5×7)
  • More features will be added as I play with it

I still need to improve the look and feel a bit. I think navigating around the gallery pages could be more intuitive. For now, I thought it was good enough to go live with the site and improve it as I go.
To get to the new gallery site you can use the link in the “Pages” section of the website or use this BatesCentral Gallery link.



Posted by Bill on October 1st, 2006 at 10:48 pm

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Aug '05

BatesCentral is Coming Along

Well, there is still not much content here, but I have been working on the design and a lot of back end PHP and SQL issues. That probably does not mean to much to most of you, but let’s just say that I had to get a lot of piddly work done before the main content comes.

Matt’s wedding is coming up in a couple of weeks, so don’t expect too much until the wedding is over. My future plans for the site will mainly evolve over the next couple of months. Here is a taste of what is comming…

  • Calendar
  • New picture galleries (mostly of Casey and Quinn)
  • E-mail updates when new content is added (for those who sign up)
  • Videos of the kids

I’ll add more over time, but just getting to the list above will take plenty of time. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

If you use an RSS reader or your web browser is FireFox, you can subscribe to our RSS feed and receive update notifications via your news reader.

FYI, you will notice a link to our old blog in the left sidebar. I added a link to the old blog that will bring you back here, if you want to poke around the old site to see how it differs from this new design. The old design sucked, but I never got around to setting aside the time to work on it.


Posted by Bill on August 9th, 2005 at 10:17 pm

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Aug '05

BatesCentral Weblog Has A New Look and Feel…

It has been five months since my last post. Yes, I know it has been way too long and a lot has happened since the beginning of March. There was the Gymboree that we were screwed out of, Casey’s birthday, Jenn and I had our 8th wedding anniversary, Matt’s bachelor party in Vegas, our trip to Massachusetts, and much more. I will fill you in on all of the details soon enough.

First I need to finish working on our new look and feel. I have switched from iBlog to a more robust piece of software called WordPress. So far, it is everything I had hoped for. There is a lot of customization and design work left to do. Let me know what you think.


Posted by Bill on August 6th, 2005 at 1:56 am