How It All Came Together part Two

I had another two reasons for doing the . Before the site was done, I had a lot of problems finding good information on places without weeding through the useless garbage around it. I was playing a hide and seek game where just about every website wanted to sell something. It was aggravating not finding good free info. I wanted to create a website where people can find quick good information about places and it will always be free to the public.

The second reason for website development was pictures. I am one of those people where photos of locations would help my decision on whether I was going on the trip or not. It’s hard to find good quality pictures where you don’t have a group people as a focal point.I wanted an unobstructed view of what the place has best to offer. You will not find any group photos or video of us on our website. I’ll save those for the blogs behind the scenes look.

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How It All Came Together

I wanted to put this project together for a while now and it had been on the back burner for some time. The only thing that kept me from doing it sooner was the lack of knowledge and skill at web designing. I had a lot of free time during this past off season to take the time and learned how to put a website together. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is not a happening place during the winter and many businesses reduce their hours of operations. So the work schedule for myself is light so hence the extra free time to learn web design.

I’m a trial and error kind of guy where the best way for me to learn something is just do it and learn from my mistakes quickly. So during the free time, I took the task of learning how to video edit and web design (html, javascript, and css). Using Dreamweaver CS5 and Premiere Pro CS5 made my life easier when putting it all together. Nothing gets the job done better than these two software programs. I’m not getting paid for this plug.

The one thing that took me the longest to put together on the website, was the locations page.  The location pages are composed of maps of 48 states with the best places to visit on them. It took roughly 2 months(2hrs/day) to plot the 1020 location points. The map used Google API with javascript coding and even the slightest error results in no map showing. So extra care had to go into coding the maps. I had a few moments where the mistakes cost me a few hours of cussing to find the answer.

So as the website grows, the look of it will improve over time.

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