My biggest project yet is live since Tuesday morning. I have been wanting to do a site that is content heavy for a while as most of my previous sites have been quite small for the likes or artists or DJs. JISCMail is a service the is based on LSoft’s Listserv to run mailing lists and is the National Academic Mailing List Service.
This project has allowed me to play with various frameworks that I had not used before. The first framework that I used was josh clayton’s blueprint which I found fantastic. Blueprints meant that I did not have too worry about floating dividers, setting a size for a container nor create classes for warning, error and success messages.
Another CSS framework to I used was Lwis.net’s drop down menu. I have always found that CSS drop down menus are ridiculously time consuming to make especially if you want you menu to be compatible with all browsers.
I was also introduced to the Zend Lucene php framework which allowed me to index all the files in my site. Indexing a site was something that I was unfamiliar with. I did find very frustrating to come up with a way to index the files as it was something I addressed towards the end of making the site. However, after finding a couple of good tutorials online I soon had indexed every page. Once the files where indexed, making a search page was very easy, allowing me to easily search exact matches or phrases.