Web Development

Website Redesign for Ethnomusicologist Dale Olsen

Back in 2006-08, I served as the graduate assistant for Dale A. Olsen, Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology at Florida State University. During that time, among many things, I worked to help Dale begin a large overhaul of his web course, helped with grading, research, and other activities, and I also designed him a website. Dale is very much a hands-on person, and I helped him begin to learn HTML and set him up with a basic framework for how to create content for display on the web. The result was an integrated site that featured a lot of samples of his major publications, along with audio samples, pictures, articles, and more.

You can see it is very old school in its layout. Even in ’07 when it first started to come together, it was–design-wise–a bit past its time. Still, it was functional, and served its purpose. Recently, Dale contacted me for help getting access to his server and commissioned me to do a major redesign. I decided to upgrade his host server and set him up with a WordPress site, which I think will suit his needs and allow him to continue to develop content as he likes to do. The new design is clean and simple, based on the twentythirteen theme.

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Dale has already begun to develop his own take on my initial design, but the site seems to suit him much better now. I’m glad he’s enjoying it!

By Ruadhán

Ethnomediologist, writer, digital creator, & gamer. Author & developer of Augur's Lore TTRPGs. Polyhedral dice & pizza enthusiast. Pronouns: they/them/their

2 replies on “Website Redesign for Ethnomusicologist Dale Olsen”

Hi Ruadhán,
I enjoyed this little article, which has probably been up for a long time. This is, I think, the first time I’ve seen it. Now, in August (tomorrow), 2020, I want to update my site by adding information in my CV, my most recent book in my book list file, some recent information in my bio, etc., and am not having any luck getting into my webpage to make changes. The last time I visited it to do some changes was 2014, and there must have been many changes to WordPress because I’m not having any luck. I would like to be in contact with you about what I can do. I don’t want to hire you to do the work because I have lots of free time now because of the pandemic and I want to do the work myself. I hope I can still build upon the site you did for me years ago. I can’t even get into my webpage which is now, although I was told by Godaddy that would also work. I also see there is another person out there now with I paid for my website through 2025 and would like to tweek my site is all. How can you help? Thanks.

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