the return of happydesigns.com

We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.

20140429 - NO PHOTOS PLEASECanon EOS 550D (T2i) · Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM
20 mm · 1/50 s · f/4.5 · ISO 400

This may appear to be a new beginning from your point of view (that of a most beloved website visitor). But for me, it also represents the end of a very long and arduous journey of reconstruction.

In terms of websites and photography, of course. First world problems . . .

Okay, here’s the situation. My parents went away on a week’s vacation. Late last year, my most beloved website host of nine years was bought up by a big, bad American company and, in its transition to the new servers, happydesigns.com was kaplooie’d beyond repair.

And yes, I have backups in multiple locations, but I took it as more of a sign. A sign that, perhaps, it was time to take my tried-and-true, handwritten marvel of mid-2000s code and design and bring it into the future present with WordPress.

Unfortunately, with no reliable system to import my hundreds of posts and thousands of photos from a custom-built content management system, it was a very manual process of copypasta-ing every entry from the old into the new; something I’ve spent every spare evening hour on since December.

When it came to the look and feel of the site, while I have built WordPress themes, I also understand the value of time, so went sniffing around commercial themes when I came across Photopia by ThemeCobra.

I e-mailed the developers, asking a few specific questions and pointing out a pricing discrepancy. In return . . . they sent me a copy of the theme, free-for-nothin’. YES, PLEASE.

So, here we are. While a few posts are gone, many have had extra photos added to ‘em and, despite the absence of the site itself, the photos kept coming each week, as if they weren’t aware anything was wrong.

So, thanks again for your patience, and welcome back. See you next Tuesday.

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It should be noted that this website would not be possible without the musical support of the following soundtracks and albums on very repeat:
Jeremy Soule and Julian Soule – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Garry Schyman – BioShock Infinite
Portishead – Concert Prive Live
Darren Korb – Bastion
– the late Normand Corbeil – Heavy Rain
The Belle Game – Ritual Tradition Habit
Steven Price – Gravity
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Austra – Olympia
Daft Punk – TRON Legacy

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