I jokingly said to @pipcleaves that my blog will receive some attention these holidays due to the large number of work/school tasks needing to be completed. A new theme, page and header, a couple of posts, maybe a some photography photoshopped was all one had in mind. I certainly had no intention of actually moving away from my WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted WordPress.org one which has happened relatively quickly in the last couple of days.
Increasingly, it was frustrating to have the security limitations at my blog, explained here, prevent the embedding of some code, especially in widgets. WordPress, established in 2003, certainly was the only choice of platform, especially as I was nervy about exporting my content successfully. BTW do you realise that WordPress.com has only really been around since the beginning of 2006?
There were a number of issues discussed via twitter with assistance rendered from many, including @adrianbruce @davidhopkins @kelrob @schel @simonjob @themolisticview @louwinsr @conorpegypt @stujohnson @kerryjcom and @pryorcommitment, who is always so generous with his time and resources.
I really was not certain about how to keep my domain name, darcymoore.net and working out where to host my blog took some time and tweeting. I haven’t thought about FTP clients since first being online in the 90s.
Bluehost has been great so far and providing a 24/7 live chat function, which allowed me to speak with a techie, re: all of the above at point of need was reassuring. It really didn’t take too long to get operational and they were helpful in allowing me to feel comfortable before assuming my domain name.
There are a few differences with using WordPress 3.0 than what I am used too, but learning about the template, provided by Organic Themes, is making me keen to understand some rudimentary CSS. Plugins have taken a while to install and I still have a few challenges with API keys, wonky embedded code and the like, but basically, the blog is up and at my domain. I need to have the header cover the width of the blog too but am struggling with the CSS required (and need a sleep after the World Cup excitement with Spain and Germany last night). The rotation of images under the header will follow that rather than the static tagxedo word cloud displayed at the moment.
‘What do you think?’ was a post a couple of days ago seeking feedback to some changes to my ‘old blog’ so, here, once again, is a poll on my ‘new blog’.
What do you think?