Hopefully the last I’ll be posting about the Garden for a while; I’d like to go back to regular posting soon. Quickly, now —
MetaFilter and BoingBoing both linked within the past 48 hours. I freaked out, but thanks to a sympathetic host, I was allowed to just bump up my account type as opposed to getting a huge bill at the end of the month. Thanks guys! I’m in good shape.
I’ve had a wonderful offer for free hosting in Florida which I think I may just take over the long term. I’ll have 10GB transfer/month on my current account come June (40GB super–extra–strength account for May, to get through the deluge) but it’s debatable whether or not that will keep the Garden going.
A .zip file of Garden submissions is also in the works, for learning purposes. I debated this initially, since it makes it that much easier to steal the graphics. Remember that while the CSS is free to use given attribution, the graphics belong to their respective owners. I’ll let the copyright owners decide themselves — I don’t see a problem with creating the archive with select designs removed if their owners would rather them not be included.
Payola: Visit BradSoft and buy lots of copies of TopStyle. I have started playing around with my complimentary copy, and it looks rather promising. Let it be noted that while I don’t think it will be necessary to put up a PayPal button on the Garden, I am not remotely opposed to accepting free things. I’ve had a few other offers, which I may just post about when the items show up.
This project has started some great discussion about the role of CSS on the current web. The reaction seems to be 95% in support, 5% still seeing too many problems with the Garden to use CSS in real–world scenarios. Note to the latter: the glass doesn’t have to be half–empty, guys. I made some mistakes, specifically around fonts, but designer error doesn’t mean the technology doesn’t work.
Oh, and for the record: it’s ‘Shea’, not ‘Shae’.