You might notice that my website uses Flickr to display most of the images. This is done by using an iframe of the Flickr slideshow.
The reason I chose to use Flickr to display my images is that I didn’t have much experience coding at the time (I’m still not a code genius). It was an easy way to display galleries of images in a lightbox. I used the handy Featherlight library for that.
Next year Flickr is changing the number of photos free accounts (that’s me) can have on their site from 1TB of free storage to a mere 1,000 photos. I have taken a lot of photos, and the 1,000 limit just isn’t going to cut it. It’s probably about time I hosted my images anyway.
Updated 16th December 2018
I have now managed to update all the galleries on my website. Featherlight has a slideshow extension which I have used. I used PHP’s Glob feature to list all the photos in a directory, which was helpful as I could put each gallery in a folder and the code would make a gallery out of it.
My first project at university was to write a report on how I designed a set of logos to brand myself as a web developer. We had to include research, feedback and final designs. I got a C1 on this report as I found it quite hard being the first one I’ve done at university. You can see the logo below:
I’ve started creating a site to showcase my work as a web design professional. Once finished it will be live at joebailey.xyz I’m not really feeling it as much as my photography website, I don’t think the design flows that well, and it doesn’t really optimize for mobile all that well either. I think maybe in 6 months or so, once I’ve learnt more, I’ll design it again with a mobile-first approach. For now, I’m just concentrating on getting it finished and published as yet another example of my work.
I’ve finally started phase 3 of the redesign of my website. Phase one was to create it, learning lots of code along the way to prepare me for my University course, and also to give me the creative freedom that I hadn’t yet been able to achieve with various website builders. During phase 2 I added a massive back catalogue of all of my images to the gallery page of my site and redesigned it to incorporate CSS Grid, a newly introduced technology making it much easier to layout the whole website. Phase 3 was everything tricky. I decided to leave that until last. I wanted to create a blog for my website using WordPress, as I like the platform for creating posts, and I decided it would be a good opportunity to learn how to create a theme and learn some of the basics of PHP. This I have now done! There’s a couple of jobs left such as creating my own Instagram widget for the homepage and creating a service worker to provide notifications for new blog posts. I’m still undecided on whether I want to open a store again though.
Welcome to my new website. Sorry for the delay, it’s been a year in the making and there’s still much to do, like implement a store and add my backlog of images to the gallery. If you encounter any problems whilst browsing, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I’ll see what I can do.