I haven't posted any Mental Notes for about ten months now. That's because I've been busy. I started a project one year and three weeks ago. I thought I'd have it wrapped up by Labor Day. Nope. But I should be done by Thanksgiving. Nope. Christmas, definitely! Nope. But now I can finally announce to the world that it is finished. I have completely rebuilt my website, The Monterey Peninsula Toy Box, from the ground up. It is the first major overhaul of the website since 2008.
The Toy Box now has a clean, modern look, and unlike the old version, it is mobile-friendly so
it looks just as good on a small phone screen as on a big desktop
monitor. This is important because Google had been penalizing me in
search rankings for not being mobile-friendly, and my ad revenue had
dropped significantly since they started doing that.
I have been wanting to do this for about three years, but I lacked the
technical know-how to build a responsive website. After a lot of
research and experimentation with programs that were not very
user-friendly, I finally settled on a free program called Mobirise,
which turned out to be a good match for my skill level. Once I got to
know its capabilities and limitations, I went to town. I was finally
able to redesign the Toy Box in a way that suited my vision and I was
able to incorporate a variety of ways, some subtle and some obvious, to
promote my photography website as well. But with well over 200 pages to
rebuild, it took a long time.
Pretty much everything is still
there: the visitors guide (just in time for the covid-19 shutdown of the
travel industry!), movie guide, history section, humor section, and
glossary are all still there with only minor updates to the content. I
dropped the page of links to other local websites because it would have
taken too long to rebuild that one, plus it was basically obsolete now
that everyone knows how to use Google (which was not the case in 1997). I
may put it back in someday just for kicks, but for now it's not worth
the effort. I also did not update the Del Monte Club Car section,
because I haven't been able to keep it up to date and it is pretty much
obsolete since TAMC has all but scrapped the main thing the pages were
intended to promote - the revival of Monterey to SF rail service. I did,
however, keep the old Club Car pages online for archival reference purposes. You
can find it in the Goodies section of the new website.
Please note, many of the page URLs have changed so you may need to update any bookmarks you may have.
So while you're stuck at home with little to do, please check out my handiwork at www.montereypeninsula.info.