May 15, 2012

I’ve been fussing around with this WordPress stuff, and I must say, it’s a lot more fun to tinker with than good ol’ blogger. My grand achievements include:

  • Installing WordPress on my Bluehost [virtual] server. I have my own [virtual] server!
  • Installing and configuring the DIY Themes Thesis framework.
  • Importing my old blog to the new blog
  • Fixing my tags and making blessed Categories. The main reason for the move was because I wanted categories.
  • Figuring out how to add category-specific archived teasers to my pages. I found this page of code and had Rob teach me how to modify it for my purposes. I suppose I should write a tutorial at some point. See it in action at the bottom of my Sewing, Horses, and 101in1001 pages.

My big mental block now is how and where I want to manage my uploaded images. I’ve mostly used Flickr in the past, but occasionally I’ll use Picasa if I have a large number of photos to share, like these pictures I took while visiting my Grandmother last year. I can easily install a few different Photo Galleries with Coppermine and Zen Photo being the ones I thought were most useful. The others are: Gallery, Piwigo, Pixelpost, and 4images. I’ve looked at SmugMug, but it’s a paid service geared toward professional photographers, and I just want an easily integrated cheap system. Which brings me back to Flickr and Picasa. Both Flickr and Picasa have great integration with Adobe Lightroom, and there’s a WordPress plugin for Lightroom that almost works, except that I can’t get it to stop resizing my images incorrectly. Argh! Why can’t it ever be simple?

Anyway, that’s one of the items that’s been keeping me from posting regularly. I don’t want to have to go back and fix or change any more than I have to, and changing my image management schema would probably mean I’d have to wade through my posts and fix or change things. I’ll let you know if I come up with a grand solution.

Just to because I can, here’s a picture I taken at my grandmother’s place. Twinsies!

By levanah