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Old 04-12-2006, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default Looky — me & PHP . . .

I have been trying to set up a web site for republishing some of my old type and typography articles (the ones I retained rights to, anyway) and for some new work. I feel as if I have dithered over every approach, from plain old HTML (while “they” kept changing the standards and rules) to blogs (ick) and CMS programs (drove me nuts; too technie tricky for me).

Finally I decided to see what I could do by taming blogging software. So on April 10 I downloaded WordPress, signed up for a GoDaddy site (a trip in and of itself!) and set out to customize the software.

Today I have the shadow of a site to show you: Using Type (which was the name of my column in Personal Publishing magazine in the 1980s and 90s, and I always liked its no-nonsense style). No, David — so far no name and address. It will come; promise.

I really have excised a lot of PHP, nervously, but the site has not crashed and burned (though there are only two small placeholder articles so far, so it has hardly been stress-tested).

It has a serious semantic flaw that I will fix as soon as I figure out how. Because blogs are date-oriented, the date-line is styled H2 and the story title is H3; this is the opposite of my way of thinking.

It passes validation (both XHTML and CSS). The stylesheet is weird (everything just about backwards of my normal working style), but making radical changes did break stuff, so I decided to hold off. I did fix some validation problems, however.

I may get back to some of the more promising CMS software: TextPattern, Big Medium, even Joomla. But now I just want to be able to work on content.

Take a look if you can. Thanks.

   
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Old 04-12-2006, 11:32 AM   #2
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Today I have the shadow of a site to show you:

Go on, finish the site, and bugger CSS! We need snippets like your bit on hyphens, though probably modern book designers won't take a blind bit of notice. Cite the seven consecutive lines ending in hyphens; I'd only draw the line at hyphenating on title pages, particularly when the following line is set in smaller type.

   
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:58 PM   #3
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I think it looks quite fab...I think it would be interesting if you had the original date of publication for each article...

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Old 04-12-2006, 01:07 PM   #4
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Good use of Wordpress - it really is easy, isn't it. If you are the only blogger (author) then I would remove the Blogroll from the template. Using someone else's template is sometimes quite difficult. You can, of course, create your own from scratch, and style it how you prefer.

I must get back to sorting out my own blog.....

   
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I think it looks quite fab...I think it would be interesting if you had the original date of publication for each article...
Thank you!!

Not sure about the dates. Maybe I will try to post something along those lines, but as I go through old articles, I rarely find any that are completely relevant today, so they become a rewritten piece. (I was looking at one article that went on and on about the LaserWriter fonts; who cares about those today? But it was a big deal at one point.)

Mainly, I am happy to have tamed the beast (somewhat). I am tired of messing with technology!

   
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Good use of Wordpress - it really is easy, isn't it. If you are the only blogger (author) then I would remove the Blogroll from the template.
I thought I had! Are you still seeing the Blogroll?

I must say: WordPress is miles ahead of most of the others I tried.

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I’ll say it is difficult! But when I tried some radical changes, it all fell apart.

This is based on Classic. I wish I could just somehow convert my old static HTML pages to WordPress (and suspect I can) — but it is more than two days’ work, right?

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I thought I had! Are you still seeing the Blogroll?
It is only commented out in the page code. You can delete the links from the admin backend. Blogroll is the default links category.

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It shouldn't take that long. See this template primer.

There is nothing to say that you have to change the template yet. You can do this at any time, as the content remains in the database. Just remember to backup the db periodically.

   
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Today I have the shadow of a site to show you: Using Type (which was the name of my column in Personal Publishing magazine in the 1980s and 90s, and I always liked its no-nonsense style).
Looks good to me.

One usability quibble, though: only by taking a wild guess did I find out that an article's title actually is its permanent link: it doesn't look like a link, and even if you hover over it (and the cursor changes) it doesn't tell you that it is a permanent link: you need at least a title attribute there, and preferably a different color that at least suggests it's a link!

Looking forward to more content! (And I don't care about your address. )

   
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One usability quibble, though: only by taking a wild guess did I find out that an article's title actually is its permanent link: it doesn't look like a link, and even if you hover over it (and the cursor changes) it doesn't tell you that it is a permanent link: you need at least a title attribute there, and preferably a different color that at least suggests it's a link!
That’s on my list of problems to solve. The CSS confuses me — not written the way I do it — but I agree that the title must look link-like.

I also think it ought to be H2 (not H3), but am trying not to break things before I understand them!

   
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It is only commented out in the page code. You can delete the links from the admin backend. Blogroll is the default links category.
Ahh — thanks. Got it.

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Just remember to backup the db periodically.
Good idea! Is there some better method than another? (Guess I should just look it up — I must say: the documentation is very good.)

   
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