Mormon Alumni Association Books website — first draft is done!!

Hey everyone!! As the title of this post suggests, I finally got the first draft done of the MAA Books website!! Many of you have no doubt clicked on the little sidebar button and found some strange, partially-functioning page. Well, now when you click on it, you’ll see a page highlighting a randomly-chosen book from the MAA list — and you can select a different one by clicking on the cover images in the sidebar!!

It only took me about six months to do it. That’s not six months of labor, mind you — it’s six months of gathering up an hour or two every three or four weeks to work on it. And please be impressed that I did not work from any kind of template or website-creation software. I did the whole thing from imagining in my head what I wanted it to look like, and then googling what is the php syntax to do this or that. (IRL I’m a software engineer, but website development is not my specialty.)

To authors: Please look at your book’s page and give me feedback (any errors, like/dislike the choice of colors/reviews/blurbs, etc.). If your book does not appear on this site and you think it should, please email me: chanson dot exmormon at gmail dot com.

What do you think?


C. L. Hanson is the friendly Swiss-French-American ExMormon atheist mom living in Switzerland! Follow me on mastadon at or see "letters from a broad" for further adventures!!

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5 Responses

  1. Holly says:

    That is super-duper awesome, and so are you, Chanson. Congratulations on all counts.

  2. Donna Banta says:

    Chanson, it looks great! My page is perfect. 🙂

    Is it possible to add a scroll to the sidebar? I noticed that it’s hard to figure out how many books there are–the sidebar changes when you click on a new book.

    Either way I LOVE it! Good job and thanks for doing this for us.

  3. chanson says:

    @3 Which browser are you using? I’ve only tested on Firefox and Safari, but for me the sidebar has a scrollbar.

  4. Donna Banta says:

    I think Safari, but it’s probably me then. (Typical.) The site looks great.

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