New Look with WordPress 3.8

When a major upgrade of a system is released there is a little bit of excitement about what I’m going to see along with just a little trepidation that the system will make unwanted changes or will disappoint by not making many changes at all.

Launched today WordPress 3.8 brings a new theme, which I quite like, an updated layout for administering widgets, which I’m not sure I like (fewer columns means further to drag and drop) and responsive administration, which I love!

I’m disappointed that there wasn’t just a little bit more change but look forward to playing with the new admin interface. Maybe this will encourage a more active feed!

The WordPress iPad App

Some times you just have to spend a few minutes exploring the technology you have at your finger tips. There are so many emerging technologies, gadgets and gizmos available that it can be a little overwhelming. But have you made the most of the gadgets that you already have.

If you have an iPad like I have, it is highly unlikely that you are using this to its full potential. Some times a few minutes exploring the app store or Top 10 app lists will find you a gem.

As you’ve probably guessed that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing for the last 10 minutes as a break from work.

And I’ve found an array of apps that look useful, funny or simply intriguing, including the WordPress app. This will surely make it easier for me to post in my spare time. From what I’ve seen so far this should be in regular use. Time will tell.

Pain is a WordPress upgrade, Love is finishing it!

The WordPress update has been calling me to action for a while now. This week I finally got round to making a start and with 5 blogs to update I thought I’d take it a step at a time. It’s late on Friday now. I haven’t spent the week with my head in WordPress, but it sure feels like it.
I can say that I’ve learnt a few things.

  1. Before upgrading make sure you backup your image files. The default location for me was in the content folder and I lost a few on transfer.
  2. To change from the default permalink settings you must have a writable .htaccess file uploaded
  3. To permanently redirect permalinks so you don’t lose inbound links use a migration plugin.
  4. Find out when the next release will be or else you’ll find you go through the pain of your first upgrade only to find they’ve release a new version the next day!

Through the pain I have leart alot about managing my WP blogs so I’m really quite content, if just a little brain dead. And I’ve just realised I’m writing this in a blogspot blog. Go Figure!

Time Travel

2005 seems years away now.

The other day I was thinking about resurrecting an old blog on a WordPress. I wanted somewhere to put some general rambling and took the first few steps in setting it up before more pressing things took up my time.

And then today I received an email from a friend who will be travelling next year who has set up a blog here. It took a while, but I eventually realised that I had set up this blog spot many years ago. The power of Word press pulled me in a different direction back then, but now I have returned.

Well, Dave. Thank you so much for the reminder, you’ve saved me quite a bit of work. And I wish you and Hayley all the luck in the world on your travels. By the power of the rss feed I’ll follow you with jealously and awe.