Aug 032010

I finally got around to upgrading my blog site to WordPress 3.0 tonight. It was actually a very easy upgrade. The most labor-intensive part of the process was backing up the database and files for the site prior to the actual upgrade. Thankfully, HostGator provides a nice hosting control panel that includes automated procedures for creating backup files for download. I didn’t even have to go into phpMyAdmin to download the database. This is not like the old days when I would spend a whole night ftp’ing files back and forth to update a website and then hacking the database to fix things that didn’t work with the new files. I did get a little adventurous with the theme update: WP warns you that your customizations will be lost if you use the automatic update, but I did it anyway. I did lose the customizations at first, but Sayontan, the theme designer, included some nice upgrade scripts that recovered the customizations. I’m still missing the ads, but I was planning to figure out another way to embed them anyway – now I have an excuse.

Mar 102010

As I learn more about WordPress and its capabilities, I’m finding that I can get different functionality with different graphic themes.  I could take the time to learn how to build my own theme, but right now I’m more focused on the functional aspects of the blog (i.e. content organization, syndication, etc.).  Thankfully, there are a lot talented designers on the web who build WordPress themes and make them available under the GNU/GPL license in the WordPress theme directory.  I have now installed a great new theme from the directory, and I have just barely started to play with all features it adds to my blog site.  The only problem now is the temptation to play around with the site layout instead of finishing some of the posts I have sitting in my drafts folder.  Hopefully I can find a balance between adjusting site design and creating site content.  And if you’re reading this on the blog (as opposed to RSS), let me know if you have any trouble loading the graphics – I don’t really want to debate aesthetics, but I do want the site to load in your browser.

Feb 242010

It took me a few days of playing around with settings to get the site ready for action, and I’m now ready to start writing!  This is just a brief post to show that the system is working.  I am using WordPress 2.9.2, and so far it is fantastic.  I’m looking forward to learning about WP as I progress with this project.

Snow - testing image features.