WordPress Interface

A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface

If you’ve been following along for a while now, you know that I went to WordPress in May 2005, version 1.5. I was looking around the other day and found this. Now that I’m on 2.7 it amazing to me how much the interface and ease of use has changed in the last 3+ years.

Remember Windows 3.1 or 95 compared to XP and Vista, WordPress has done the same if not more in it short time around here.

8 years complete!

8 years ago I posted my first post. It wasn’t here, it was at LiveJournal, then I moved to BlogSpot and then to Blogger on my own domain, and finally to WordPress on my domain. Its hard to imagine not having this site for me. I use it all the time, I vent here, I weep here, I post random junk that no one else understands here.
I know I haven’t posted as often or as lengthy as I used to, I’m just realizing that being so busy all the time and not recording it is part of the reason why this isn’t a 10 year post, I want to get back to daily posts and might try to fill in with worthy news and links from time to time, otherwise it will still be sporadic short-ish posts and randomness. (That’s it! I’ll write a post about randomness and how I’m begining to hate the word random!)

It’s great to say I’ve been doing something for over 8 years, I hope you’ll continue to be around to see what happens in the future.

Evolution on the web

ev·o·lu·tion – A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.

Things must change, things must differ over time. In the 8 years and 135 days that I’ve been posting to this blog. I’ve written a lot. I’ve written very little too. Posts of pictures, quotes, links to sites that some of you don’t really care about are all things that I think have cluttered up this site at times. When I mo-blog from my phone it adds length to the site that really isn’t needed, when I post links to sites, I’m sure many of you just pass over the post without any regard for what content might be there.

Over the past few months I’ve thought about changing what I do here, how I do it and what kinds of other content I might like to do. I registered and hosted a new domain but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. I played with new equipment, tools, and software. I looked at old and new technologies as well as ideas of things still in the pipeline.

I don’t want to get rid of this site. I definitely don’t want to delete it and start over. I want to expand it. I want to make it something on its own with supporting sites coming and going adding content and value. I started with the idea of another WordPress Blog, too much effort to keep up and post to, I went to a podcast, I even recorded one episode that has since go by the way side, way too much to record and post a show when I’m in a hurry. I wanted something quick to post from, like from my phone via SMS, MMS, or even a quick post from a website. I wanted multimedia capabilities, an attractive interface, and a simple design. I wanted light-weight blogging with little effort basically.

I’ve started a Tumblelog. I’m using the Tumblr service and software to basically create more of a stream of consciousness. I Tweet, I blog, now I’m going to put the things that are too long to tweet and too short or just not right for blogging there. Some call this a lifestream, a microblog, a nanoblog, lifelogging and who knows what else, it’s what I want to post at that moment. It’s quick, easy and not written over a long period of time. That’s what this site will remain for, long posts with true content. Not quick photos and quips and quotes.

What is the site you ask? Apartment721.com, there’s even a mobile version for those of you with iPhones, Blackberries and the like, Apartment721.com/mobile.

I’ll post semi-regularly (hopefully) and there will be links back to my tweets and blogs there. You might think of it as more of a central site for me, if you look there you’ll see my tumbl’s (?), tweets, and blog posts as they are all posted. Then you can click the posts to dig further. All in all I hope that this helps me put out more content in a way that everyone wants to see it and keeps the clutter off of this site.

Drop a comment, let me know what you think, although remember that design tweeks are still being made to the new site, be gentle. Things are changing, and I think its a good thing.

Contact!

I’ve made it!

WordPress 2.3 is installed both here at LoSC and at work. It’s taken me most of the morning, I had some very outdated plugins here and the theme is less than helpful at being customizable. Work was a bit easier but I had to take every precaution with backups and the like.

Arguably the biggest new feature of 2.3 is the addition of native tagging. I love tags, they make it easy to get the gist of something or relate it to something else. However, 2.3 did it wrong. It’s not intuitive, importing is in a weird spot ( Dashboard -> Manage -> Import) and management must be done basically through another plugin, Tag Managing Thing. The plugin works amazingly well. Tags support is lacking in the new version as well. Using this page and this page to learn about the tag cloud and tag features I found it hard to understand that in order to exclude tags from the cloud you must know the tag-id (term id) which isn’t easily accessed without the plugin and some checking of the address link of the tag you just “edited.” Confused? Yeah I was too, like I said it took me quite a long time.

I’m happy that the new version is out, I’ve been anticipating it for a while. If only things could have gone smoother and been more intuitive. Next version in 120 days (give or take) pending security releases in the mean time, I would predict a 2.3.1 release within the next 10 days at the latest. OSS is amazing sometimes, tons of accomplishment with so little time between major releases.

I really don’t post enough

I was checking the stats today, I actually haven’t really done that since April of this year. I’ve been a slacker lately, both here and in life. Time for change. I’ll be updating the site over the next few days, mostly plugin updates and prep for the new WordPress 2.4 updates due later this month.

But I also have to post more, even just the little nothings that I look back on and don’t understand sometimes. I’m gonna figure out how to post more, iPhone, laptop, desktop, Twitter, Del.icio.us, all of them give me a way to post, I just have to take more advantage of them.

Get ready, something’s comin’.