Revamp: Dornenkaefig

Dornenkaefig — About a week ago, on the 14th, this shrine received a new look as part of The Rose Keep's Flower Garden Layout Marathon. I had long wanted to make a new layout for it, as the initial one was rushed and uninspired, without anything to visually set it apart from my other shrines. (Though I did like it a lot at the time.)

The makeover inspired me to also revamp the content primarily to make it more visually attractive, as the content images were too small, and the walls of text monotonous. In the end, I edited nearly every other sentence on the shrine for better reading flow, cut out some other parts, retranslated many quotes, heavily restructured and rewrote Intro, and added various new images and passages all around the shrine. The little profile blurbs were a lot of fun to implement! The gallery was upgraded to use fancyBox3 as well, which enables zooming (ideal for reading manga pages), and thumbnails were remade. As I have made many shrines since this one, I added links to shrines with similar themes to the Site page, something I had already done for Sway.

Considering how much I love Idike and how important she is to me, I was also never truly satisfied with the way I wrote about her on the final page. Back then, I couldn't find the words to express my feelings, and ended up sounding very emotionally detached. I have added my true thoughts to the Site page now, which are also a result of some of the things I have learned this year. Coupled with the addition on Index, I think it is a more sincere and emotionally intimate shrine now, as it always should have been.

Although the colour scheme from the previous layout remains (due to symbolic reasons), with all these changes, this shrine now has a new identity to call its own. I'll add some more thoughts on the network page for it when I have time... Maybe I should revamp the network layout first.

See The Rose Keep plug topic.


in bloom: Dornenkaefig

New Layout Archive

Memory Prison — Made a layout archive over at Tumblr so as not to clutter up the pages around the network. I might add even older layouts from miscellaneous past projects later on.


in bloom: Miscellaneous

Browsing Optimization

Code has been edited for all of the below to keep things consistent across my shrines. Some functionality was added as follows:

Jamais Plus — All videos now open on-site for a better visitor experience.

Setting Sun, Dornenkaefig — The galleries now utilize a different script.

Joker's Wild, Baton Pass, Sway — Navigating has been facilitated: Smooth scrolling was added to the first, and page leafing links to the other two.


in bloom: Sway, Baton Pass, Setting Sun, Jamais Plus, Jokers Wild

In Control: Revisions

In Control — This shrine has received a minor revamp, mostly consisting of minor content rephrasing and edits to the code to bring things up to my current standard as well as to make certain elements consistent across my shrines. I will be doing that for the rest of my shrines very soon. A major addition was made to the "Site" page, as I have always felt that my own appreciation for Yuyuka didn't come across as strongly in the content that I had up.


in bloom: In Control

Revamp: Awakening

Awakening — This shrine has received a major revamp, entirely inspired by the gorgeous header Camy made for me as part of Amassment's Secret Santa 2016. I had initially wished for a header for the gallery, as the narrow content width of the previous layout was completely unsuitable for a gallery of this size, but I was so impressed with what Camy had made that I decided to go ahead and use it for the shrine as well, since it was in urgent need of a facelift too.

With the help of scripts I have picked up since making this shrine in 2015, 40 images have been added to enhance the experience and to give a better visual impression of Claymore and its warriors! I have also gone over the text with a fine-tooth comb: A large part of it has received slight revisions for better phrasing and structuring; some new snippets and links have been added as well. The old button set has been replaced. With this revamp, I finally feel that the shrine has gained an identity of its own, both as a one page shrine as well as a creation that can be proudly displayed next to my other shrines.

The individual page at the network has been updated with revamp notes.

Stormwind Gallery — The gallery has received a complete revamp to match that of the shrine. Enjoy the images in a wider space, sorted by episode, and with enhanced functionality due to the new script! Navigating between the characters has become less of a hassle too.


in bloom: Awakening, Stormwind, Oubliette