Monday, August 3, 2015

Site Wide Design & Structure Changes

This layout was implemented in 2014, but relies heavily on older existing structures.

For some time now I have wanted to do a total overhaul on Soles of Silk when it comes to its design and structure. To be 100 percent honest, I am a much better designer when it comes to print materials than web. I only learned basic HTML coding and am self-taught in Dreamweaver. I've been using it since it version 1 - when it was owned by Macromedia. Since then, I've learned enough to get by with what I need. The happens of last week, however, just might have forced me to learn something new and might actually be a blessing in disguise!

Early last Wednesday morning, after I published the July 29, 2015 update, Windows had a critical update. Like an idiot I had my Windows updates set to automatic and the computer downloaded the update on its own and restarted. When I tried to use the computer the next day I was greeted by a black screen on start up. Good times!

For the next few days I tried everything I could think of to make the desktop appear once again, but with little to no luck. That's when I decided, on Sunday, to go ahead and back up all my files and do a clean install of Windows 7. The update took some time, so I had nothing better to do that look at some things on my iPhone. That's when I lucked upon a YouTube video talking about Adobe Muse.

I haven't gotten to play with this amazing looking program... yet!

Adobe Muse is part of the Creative Cloud, which is Adobe's more recent subscription based service for its applications. Having an older copy of the Creative Suite, I was totally against this new subscription based model. I felt that it was a rip off, and part of me still isn't 100 percent sold on every aspect of how it works. Those complaints, however, are besides the point I'm making here.

Once I saw this video about Muse, I began seeking more. I watched about half a dozen videos on the program and I realized just how much potential the new Creative Cloud might have. I could streamline my work flow and make my designs even better.

Since 2004 I have kept a similar, albeit constantly updated design scheme for Soles of Silk. I've made changes to the navigation, headers, and a number of other aspects to the site. The part that sucks the most is when I have to do a major change on the site - like I did a few times throughout 2014. 

Not being trained in all the functionality of Dreamweaver from the start, just learning enough to get going, means I have always had to update each page individually. As you can imagine, with hundreds of HTML pages and thousands of files on the site, that is quite an undertaking. In the back of my mind, I knew there were probably existing ways to do things better, but I was so far along I stayed the course.

So as I sit here writing this, I am downloading programs from my new Adobe Creative Cloud account. I went for the $49.99 a month plan that gives me access to all the programs I previously had (newer versions, obviously) and new ones, such as Muse. I am eager to get in and play with these programs to see just how much faster and more efficient I can make things.

With my current schedule I would not expect to see an all new Soles of Silk in the immediate future. No, I don't have that much free time. I will continue to update Soles of Silk using ongoing methods. Once I am able to get into Muse and play with its functions, I plan on building a second copy, if you will, of Soles of Silk. Each time I update Soles of Silk with a new update, I will also update the new site locally on my computer. When I am able to have everything duplicated into its new format, then it will be uploaded onto the server.

When it comes to changes on the site, it looks like I might be able to implement a number of changes many of you have been wanting to see, as well as a few I've been thinking about. Two of those ideas include:

  • Slide Show Galleries - This has been something many people have asked for, including my own models, for a number of years. Not having to click on a thumbnail and then back out to the gallery for each photo would be a welcome change. For years I've wanted to explore this, but knew it would mean a total overhaul of the site. With the way it is currently designed, that would take a lot of work and time. I'm hoping Muse makes this easy.
  • Streamlined Navigation - In the videos I watched it looks like Muse does a lot of the manual work of keeping navigation organized and automates it as changes are made. This would mean adding in new sections, or archive pages would become much easier.
Lastly, one of the other amazing functions I saw in Muse was the mobile design ability. Let's face it, I'm 36 and when I learned basic HTML and Dreamweaver on my own, designing sites that worked with cellphones and tablets was not a thing. Soles of Silk does indeed show up on phones, but eventually I'd like to come up with a simplified version of the site for ease of use. This, however, will come after a new desktop version of the site goes live and works as planned.

I will be sure to keep everyone in the loop if/when any changes are being made. You probably already saw some changes to the site over the last couple of weeks. Those were done using the current, tedious method. I really can't wait to dive into Muse and hope it's everything I hope it will be. Until then, I'd love to hear some of your thoughts, suggestions, ideas for Soles of Silk. Is there features you think could be improved? How about things you really enjoy and want to make sure don't change much, if at all? Right now, I'm open to ideas.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Soles of Silk Update - July 29, 2015

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Mindee enjoys a day at the beach, kicking off her flip flops and wiggling her toes in the sand as countless roller coasters roll past in the distance (70 images)

Videos - Rachel DD presses her little feet into a carrot cake and smashes it beyond belief (155 MB - 1080p HD)

Interviews - 1 new interview with Mindee about our vacation trip has been added to the Interviews section

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Soles of Silk - 10 Fun Facts: 1K Club

Sometimes I just have the itch to run off 10 Fun Facts about Soles of Silk. This blog has been the place for me to do it numerous times in the past too. I'm sure the education you've all gotten from these entries is second to none! Well, this time around get ready for a themed 10 Fun Facts blog centered on the 1K Club (models with 1,000 photos). Be sure to remember these! Test is on Friday... Okay, maybe not. But you best bet something from this will be on the annual trivia contest at the end of 2015.

Jamie is the most recent model to join the 1K Club.

Fact #1: There are currently 13 models who are in the 1K Club on Soles of Silk. Those models are: Abby, Charlee, Cierra, Jamie, Jordana, Kayleigh, Kellie, Kelsey, Kimmie, Layla, Madison, Mindee, and Wendy.

Madison was the site's first model to enter the 1K Club.

Fact #2: Madison was the first model on the site to reach the 1,000 photo mark, doing so on July 9, 2008.

Kayleigh reached the 1K Club faster than any other model.

Fact #3: Kayleigh was the fastest to reach 1,000 photos, doing so in only 2 years, 7 months, and 2 days.

Oddly, it took Abby the longest since her Soles of Silk debut to reach the 1K Club.

Fact #4: Abby took the longest to reach the 1K Club at 8 years, 7 months, and 9 days.

It only took Charlee 15 sets to reach the 1K Club.

Fact #5: Charlee, Kayleigh, and Mindee all tied for reaching the 1K Club with the fewest number of sets at 15 each.

Kimmie is tied for needing the most number of sets to reach 1,000 photos at 19.

Fact #6: Kimmie and Madison tied for taking the most sets to reach the 1K Club at 19 each.

Cierra's Wu's Feet Links feature set put her over the 1,000 photo mark.

Fact #7: Cierra is the only model who joined the 1K Club when her Wu's Feet Links Feature Model set, "Foot & Size Tease," was published. Mindee did so on the set following her "Piggies & Power Girl" feature set and Kayleigh on the set prior to her "After School Feet" feature.

Kimmie & Kellie are two of the six models in the 1K Club who are also Wu's Feature Models.

Fact #8: A total of 6 of the 13 members of the 1K Club have been a Wu's Feet Links Feature Model for Soles of Silk. Those models are: Cierra, Kayleigh, Kellie, Kimmie, Madison, and Mindee. Layla was also a Wu's Feet Links Feature Model, but represented her own site at the time.

Aspen is the next closest model to reaching the 1K Club at 949 photos.

Fact #9: There are two models who are less than 100 photos away from joining the 1K Club. Aspen sits at 949 photos with no sets waiting to be published. We've talked about doing some new sets soon, so hopefully she joins this year. Ryan sits at 936 photos. She does have a set waiting to be published, but it's a smaller one and will not push her over the mark. Since Ryan has also been next to impossible to reach as of late, who knows if she'll eventually join the 1K Club.

This was the set, when published, where Mindee reached the 2K Club.

Fact #10: Two models have actually went on to join the 2K Club. Those models are Cierra and Mindee. Cierra was the first to reach the mark on Dec. 28, 2011, taking 6 years, 11 months, and 29 days to do so. It took 32 sets for her to accomplish this feat. Mindee was the second, doing so on Jan. 8, 2014. She took 9 years, 10 days to get to 2,000, but did so with only 30 sets.

So there you have it, 10 Fun Facts about the models who currently make up the 1K Club - along with two possible future inductees. Be sure to check out the newest Downloads page coming to Soles of Silk this week too - the 1K Club Avatars gallery. Why do you think I was so inspired to find out all these facts?

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Soles of Silk Update - July 22, 2015

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Bobbie pulls off her sandals to let us gaze upon her curvy soles while by the water (68 images)

Videos - Rose rubs some lotion all over her smooth soles on a hot summer day at the park (128 MB - 1080p HD)

Downloads (Grunge Avatars) - 1 new avatar of Rose has been added to the Grunge Avatars area of the downloads section

Downloads (Buddy Icons) - 1 new buddy icon of Rose has been added to the Buddy Icons area of the downloads section

Photos (Wu's Feet Links Feature) - Kaycee shows off her feet in a pair of black high heels before kicking them off to reveal her blue toes - all while under Philadelphia's famous, Benjamin Franklin Bridge in the feature set, Dockside Damsel (90 images)

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Wu's Feature History - Kaycee (2015)

In 2013 I began a blog series here on the Soles of Silk Blog that took a look back through Soles of Silk's numerous Wu's Feet Links Feature Model galleries. I went through each and every set one by one until Aspen's All American Feet set was finally unveiled. One year later I decided to add onto the series with Olivia's Back to Business set. Now it's July 2015 and I'm adding onto the series yet again with the site's 10th feature set and 11th feature model.

Kaycee's feet fresh from her black high heels.

2015 Feature: Dockside Damsel

Model: Kaycee
Shoe Size: 7.5
Set URL: (90 images)

One year ago Olivia's Back to Business set helped relaunch the Feature Model section of Wu's Feet Links. Now, one year later Soles of Silk is front and center again for it's 10th feature set and 11th feature model. Many of the site's "superstar" models, if you will, have been featured in those 10 sets, and in the others, those sets made them those "superstars." So when it came to who I wanted to be featured in this year's set, I had some planning to do.

For the 2015 set I knew I wanted one thing right away - one of the site's newer models. With that in mind, I kept coming back to Kaycee. Kaycee has been posing for Soles of Silk for barely a year now, doing her first sets on July 1, 2014 (see blog: "Tuesday's Shoot - Kaycee"). I'll tell you what though, it feels like she's been posing for much longer!

Almost immediately after posting Kaycee's first teaser photos online, people began showering her with lots of compliments. It made her feel so good about the sets she had just posed for. She couldn't wait for the entire set to go online one week later. When that happened, even more compliments came her way.

Now only one year later, Kaycee adores baring her soft soles and piggies for the camera. She has so much fun and can't wait to shoot again and again. Her eagerness and great work was what me decide to have her represent Soles of Silk in this year's feature set. All I had to do was ask her first.

I still remember the texts Kaycee and I exchanged before I asked too. I explained what Wu's Feet Links is, how a bunch of my models have posed for the feature sets, who Wu was, and just how important his site, and those sets have been to Soles of Silk. She took it all in and had nothing but great things to say about the sets the other Soles of Silk models had done in the past. And that's when I asked her if she'd like to be in the next one.

I don't remember exactly what words Kaycee used, but she was certainly flattered. She was so happy that I would ask her to be a part of that and that she'd do whatever I needed her to do whenever I needed her to do it. I thanked her and told her we had some time yet, but I wanted to begin brainstorming ideas.

Now that I had the easy part out of the way (a great model), now we needed to figure out what we were going to do in this set. From the start I was looking for an urban setting, but the choice to use the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia wouldn't come until about a week before the shoot.

What came early, and didn't quite work out as planned, was Kaycee's outfit. I had found a cute shirt online that I just had to have her wear. It featured some pin-up art of a woman, in stockings, seated in a large high heel with the words "foot fetish" going across. This shirt was perfect and so were the stockings I found shortly thereafter. Kaycee loved both of them and couldn't wait to wear it.

Now, if you've looked through the set already or at the samples on this blog, you're probably asking yourself, "What stockings?" Well, I'm talking about an awesome pair of black and white Cuban Heel Stockings that I knew would look amazing encasing Kaycee's legs. I couldn't wait to see her peel them down her legs after she kicked off a pair of high heels. But I never got the chance!

The company I bought the stockings from had only one pair left in stock. I bought them and waited forever to get them. When they came, they sent an all black pair. I went through hell trying to contact them, even getting PayPal involved. Long story short, I sent back the wrong pair, and still have not seen the ones I ordered since.

Instead of finding another pair of stockings to use in the set I decided to have her go without them - especially since Olivia had just worn Cuban Heel stockings the year before. I didn't want them to be too similar since I wouldn't have the unique pair I wanted.

The next thing that didn't go exactly as planned was the weather. It was calling for rain in Philly for the day we had scheduled to shoot. We said screw it and went anyhow.

After our drive we arrived at our destination. It was very cloudy and there was a constant breeze. Still, we were there and we were going to try to get this set in. Lucky for us, this weather kept most people from the riverside park and we were able to shoot in numerous locations.

I won't get into all the poses we did as you can see for yourself when you check out the full set. As a matter of fact, I'm not going to keep you any longer as I know those of you who haven't gotten to check it out yet are probably eager to do so.

I hope you all enjoy Kaycee's 2015 feature model gallery, Dockside Damsel. A few of you have already stated that you have and have once again, sent in some really kind words. Kaycee, as usual, was flattered to see them and I can't wait to send her even more. She's a great girl and has become a good friend of mine. And even though she teases me by putting those feet of hers inches from my face and hands, only to tell me that I might get to rub them on the next shoot, I couldn't have picked a better person for this year's set! Thanks for posing for this one, Kaycee! Can't wait to shoot you again.

Kaycee dangling her heels from her fingers instead of her toes.

This concludes the Wu's Feetlinks Feature History series for now. We'll have to wait another year to see which Soles of Silk model might be making an appearance in a 2016 feature set. Any suggestions? Who would you like to see? There are so many girls on the site who deserve a time to shine as CarmenKimmieKellieMadisonCierraMindeeRyanKayleigh, Aspen, Olivia, and Kaycee have. Only time will tell...