More than skin, skin, skin, skin deep

Title is a nod to Crack the Sky‘s “Skin Deep”.

Ah, beauty is a thing to behold. Beauty, they say, is only skin deep. Well “they” are wrong. In this case the real beauty is more than skin deep.

On May 28th at 5:30 am, Howard County Library launched their brand spanking new web site.

A much cleaner style, easier navigation than our previous site, quick easy pop-up contact forms as well as integration of Amazon and Google maps makes this something to behold. But what most people don’t get to see is it’s inner beauty. Danny Bouman our web programmer/architect/code monkey extraordinaire wrote the whole backend that we use to actually add the content to the web site.

Deep down this baby really rocks. He wrote the admin side to make it easier for our Marketing/Public Relations and Human Resources departments to add information. These folks are wizards at their jobs but most of them have no html, css, or php experience. Now they can add pages, put up front page blurbs (that highlight our classes & events), and add job openings with ease.

As someone who brought over content from the old site to this one I can attest to how easy and beautiful the backend is. I am extremely proud of what our web programmer has done. Many can’t see the real beauty but that doesn’t take away from the skin deep beauty of the site. WordPress has a quote “Code is poetry” so I’ll borrow that and add “Code is beautiful poetry”.

Note: And for those who want to know, yes – it is open source. We hope to have it out and available to the open source community sometime soon. If you can’t wait and want the source contact me and I’ll put you in touch with Danny.

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