After couple or years with the same design (I couldn’t exactly remember, but previous design had been there since 2007). Yeah I have been a full time worker since then, I hadn’t been played around with my site anymore so it was kinda neglected.

Ok! So I decided to made a big renovation on this site… The new design still powered by Wordpress. In the front end side, I’ve developed it with some cool new things to keep up with the current standard. Now it featuring web standards, responsive design, visually updated with fresh design that goes flatter that mix up elegance of corporate style but still contain cartoonish element. Hopefully you like a new design.

I took a best practice from HTML5Boilerplate that contains normalize, modernizr, some polyfill a long with good skeleton of great HTML5 document structure developed by some cool front-end guys. For wordpress development, I start this theme with _s (underscores ). Again, there are Automattic/wordpress people guys behind it. It helped me a lot to build theme in a Wordpress way.

Instead of using something like Bootstrap or Foundation, I decided to implement my own grid. Back when first learning responsive design and HTML5, I intially put concern on backward browser compatibilty and already experimenting on it based on HTML5Boilerplate. I found that we can make modern html5 site that degraded gracefully in old browsers, that still looks good on IE6. It requires javascript though.

Layouting it was painful. But it teached me a lot about responsive design and legacy browser layouting technique with its limitation. But in the cons, I found that we can’t write elegant markups when working with old browser. That’s why If you peek the source code of this site, you’ll find an kinda unecessary nested markup in some elements. That is for supporting the browser’s grandpa!

The design is compromising too. Can’t do much acrobatic CSS3. Just use it a bit as Progressive enhancement, because it still need look good in old IE.

This site is still under construction and i will update it periodically 🙂

Introducing version 7

About eight years ago, I wrote my first website and was very happy when it succesfully published at geocities and worked pretty well on the internet. Then, I started to learn PHP to make a dynamic website. I’ve been using many free hosting sevice and have gone through more than 5 different service for finding the best one. And then, I’ve been finally taken the plunge and settled on a paid hosting services and have bought a domain name to go with it, But as a matter of fact, there had been no significant update on my web for last few years

Now, here I am, at long last, back here and decide to take care of my web. :-p

Now Powered by Wordpress
I had build my own engine for my website (BayuBayuCMS). But Later, I got stuck with my website administration.. It was not very comfortable.
As a long time using my own made CMS, I somehow managed to miss the wordpress bandwagon. And I want my CMS work as easy as wordpress powered blog. (my last update for BayuBayuCMS was add TinyMCE, a wysiwyg post editor similar to that used on wordpress).

So I decided to improve my CMS or develop a new one. But I’m too lazy and didn’t have much time. It will spend a lot of my time developing new CMS if the result is just almost like a clone of wordpress.. Yes, it’s easy to make a simple blog engine with PHP. but if you want a quality product. it must cover all aspect like architecture, security, templating system, control panel administration, etc.. Not worthed if you just build it for your personal blog that used by yourself only.

The other choice is using a popular open-source script like:Nucleus, WordPress, Drupal, b2evolution, pMachine, etc. You can get all benefit from its big community like numerous ready-to-use functions, libraries and remarkable plugins.
But, if you prefer, have much time, decide to learn PHP programming, studying about CMS development, or really need an own specific features.. so, create your own CMS.. you will have full control and get an custom product exactly what you need.. Alternatively, instead of writing application from scratch, you can consider using PHP framework like: CodeIgniter, CakePHP or Zend Framework. Using an existing framework will help you build your application faster.

I just need a generic CMS, So I started finding open-source product that suit for my site’s requirements.
There are many php scripts available. After searching, two candidates are Wordpress and Drupal. Each has its strength and weakness and ultimately falls to what your preference for certain features might be.
Drupal is full-fledged CMS and it seems have too much features than I need. So I choose wordpress.

And finally, I recently replaced BayuBayuCMS 1.0 with Wordpress 2.3.3 on my website in a matter of minutes, and now i enjoying a simple, clean, feature-rich blog platform that is easy to customize and just works. 🙂 Now I know what I was missing..

Now in English, ugh
Yeah, I’m Indonesian and my former site is written in bahasa Indonesia.. Im not good in english, and more comfortable with my native language.. But after looking at my website statistics, it seems that written in english is a must. oooh….So i forced to do it..huehe…… Pleasee.. forgive my english ^_^, (I think I must take a english course ASAP)