David Rhoden: News

March 14, 2018

also mood

I've been drawing moshers the same since I started.

March 14, 2018


Y'all. I am ready to party.

March 13, 2018

so, I kind of have two cats now

The entitled tan fellow is named Otter. He actually doesn't live here; his home is next door. I'm really surprised that Sally tolerates him at all, but she does, most of the time.

March 12, 2018

To my clients (present and future): my rates for Joomla

Dear clients,

As a web developer, I don't like to turn down any web development work. That said, I'm a web developer, a programmer if you will, not primarily a content manager, and definitely not a mindreader or spelunker. I like work that lets me edit the files that make the pages or templates, or stylesheets of the site. What I don't want to do anymore is figure out some CMS designer's idea of where to look to fix a simple website.

For this reason, I'm raising my rates for Joomla development to $120/hour. Just Joomla—my rates for Craft CMS, ExpressionEngine, and Wordpress development remain the same.

Why Joomla? I've simply had it with this CMS platform. It hides every important (or unimportant) decision within a tangle of vaguely named menus. I just spent most of a workday trying to find a stylesheet to edit, and I've just had it. Once I found it I couldn't search in it. It's conceivable I could get better at it, but I have so much contempt for it that I don't really want to. It wastes my valuable time I could be using to do animation, drawing, painting, playing guitar, watching TV, or working on a better CMS.

I know some developers will laugh at me for thinking that $120/hour is a lot for web development of any kind but I live in New Orleans and the market is not terrific here. It's a raise for me. It's intended to be a discouragement.

March 11, 2018

new site: thisismyhappening.com

Well, after a six-month experiment, I took down my Shopify site. I made some sales, but for the most part I don't think people want to plunk down a credit card to buy something as big as a painting without talking to me first. I still wanted a site to at least show off my paintings for sale and make it easy for people to get in touch with me.

So I built a new https://thisismyhappening.com. It uses Craft CMS, which is the content management system I recommend over everything else that's out there.

The paintings are still for sale! Please let me know if you see anything you like.

March 09, 2018

right away

Everything can't be first.

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