As 2010 kicks off, it is time for me to unveil a new website design on which I have been working for a few months. It was a long process, involving several radically different ideas and long hours getting it all to work (especially on Internet Explorer), but here we are, finally.
I recommend trying things out, to find the hidden easter eggs and so on, to get used to the new functionality.
[Tested in Firefox 2-3, Safari 4, Google Chrome 4, Opera 9-10, Internet Explorer 7-8]
But to truly understand the design, I think a more extensive portrayal of the design process is in order.
Continue reading Arpia.be design refresh
Over the past few months, the quality of the hosting provided by my current provider, OVH (the largest hosting provider in France, apparently), has steadily decreased. I’ve seen an increase in database connection errors, in “HTTP 500 – Internal Server Error” messages, and so on.
It had become bad to the point where in IE6 and Firefox, I seemed to systematically get an error when trying to access the ARPIA2 and iTunesque pages. Why on earth they worked fine in Safari and Opera, I do not know.
Anyway, as I saw the quality of OVH’s service decrease, I entered into contact with ICDSoft, a company with servers in Germany, the USA and Hong Kong, and whose reputation seems excellent.
In a moment of frustration, I finally decided to make the move. Hopefully all problems should be over. Let me know if you experience anything weird!
Edit: sometimes I feel so stupid. I forgot to check all caching systems. *hits himself on the head*
For those who visit the Arpia forum, it is currently down. The reason is that I have encountered substantial problems relating to the database and to the templates, and am therefore in the process of trying to re-install the whole thing.
I’m afraid all access to the forum will be cut until I can fix this.
SFA’ers and ARPIA2’ers, I would suggest finding temporary shelter back on the EV Nova boards. Or you can use this post or the ARPIA2 page to discuss your woes.
I was looking at my website’s statistics, and thought I might share some of them here. It’s nothing phenomenal, given that this is still very much a “low-profile” website, but it might be interesting tidbits of knowledge for some.
I must admit I’ve been somewhat startled by some of these statistics.
Continue reading A few statistics
It’s kind of obvious, but arpia.be just underwent a change in design. The main goal is to make it cleaner and more… “professional”.
To whomever reads this, all positive & negative criticism is welcome (as long as it is constructive).