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Refreshed, Rejuvenated, Redesigned

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After trying on more WordPress themes than I care to admit, I decided to settle with the Typominima theme. Granted that I had to add a bunch of features and modified a bunch of things to it to fit my need, but I liked the bold typography and the layout so much, I didn’t mind having to do some extra work. In fact, I quite enjoyed the extra work as it helped me learn the inner working of WordPress. So much so that I think I’m ready to tackle my next project, which is to create a WordPress theme from scratch.

Here’s a list of modifications and additions I did to the theme that I could remember:

  1. Moved the search bar and subscription link from the top of the page to above the footer, just because I thought they looked out of place up there.
  2. Changed the markup of the blog title from div to H1 for better SEO.
  3. Changed the web font replacement service from Cufon (Typo Slab Serif) to Google Web Fonts (Vidaloka), mostly because I wasn’t sure of the search engine-friendliness of Cufon.
  4. Changed the colour scheme. I’ve always been a fan of “black and white and red all over.”
  5. Made threaded comment work with the theme. Kind of.
  6. Added “Edit” link to posts and comments.
  7. Added “Reply” link to comments.
  8. Added next and previous post navigation links to every post.

Um, what else? I’m sure there are more. I just can’t remember. Or maybe it just feels like there should be more because it took me two days worth of tinkering before I’m close to being happy with it. I have been so lucky to have some great people helping me along the way with everything from my website to SEO and I just want to let everyone out there know that you can find a professional search engine optimization agency by clicking this link here: omegaseo.co/hartford-seo

One thing I would still like to do is add a comment link to the bottom of every post on the main page, which I already know how to do, but I don’t want it to show on main page posts with a “Read More” link. I don’t know if that sentence makes any sense, but if it does to you, and you know where I can find the script, I’d appreciate it if you could let me know. Also any feedback as to readability and browser compatibility would be much appreciated.

On a sort of related note, the importer script I used to migrate the posts from Movable Type to WordPress didn’t translate the Markdown markups on the original posts (I had Markdown on by default on Movable Type) on import so some of the posts are still looking pretty ugly, but I’m gradually rendering the markups, one post at a time. Hopefully they’ll all be looking pretty in, say, 3 years from now. Heh.

Site News

Time For A Change

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Well, I finally caved in and abandoned my long-time blogging partner, Movable Type, for WordPress, for a few good reasons:

  1. The company that created Movable Type was sold to another company that doesn’t seem to be interested in its development.
  2. I’ve become too lazy to come up with a blog design from scratch for my blog and there are so many ready-to-use WordPress themes out there I could use.
  3. WordPress seems to be so much better than it was the last time I decided to switch to it, which was 6 years ago. That switch didn’t last very long. But this time, I think I’m keeping it.
  4. It would be nice to get myself familiarized with the way WordPress works in case I feel like going back to the blog design business again some day. Most bloggers seem to be using WordPress these days.

There is a pretty steep learning curve, which was expected, but I’m eager to learn. It’s a lot like having a new toy. Every time I figure out how to do something with it, I have to cheer a little. :) What I didn’t expect was how difficult it was going to be to find a simple but interesting two-column theme with nice typography considering the number of themes available out there. Maybe I’m just too picky. My friend is a successful business man, having 3 companies that are successful recommended for my readers who have a business in healthcare niche to read this https://www.salesforce.com/solutions/industries/healthcare/overview/

I’m still trying to customize the blog a little more, trying to do some learning by doing. There’s still some wonkiness in the archive pages that I need to fix and my RSS feed is also very much wonky and need fixing (sorry for all the old entries showing up on your feed readers multiple times). Please bear with me while WordPress and I are learning to become BFF. :)