To the left is one of the original banners for the old site; it’s a bit sad that it has to become an archive but there is a point to the timing. Tomorrow, I also lose someone very special to me, it’s her birthday today and so it seems the appropriate occasion to move on.
Hope you like the new site; hope I like my new life. Remember, the old site hasn’t bitten the dust, it’s just resting.
The site is configured so that you need to have your first comment approved but after that, you just comment freely, as and when you want. Naturally, some people are blocked. I’m not running the registration option or captcha because it’s a pain in the neck for visitors.
By far the biggest decision was choosing the theme. Knowing I wanted a magazine style, I must have looked at quite a few hundred themes, before coming down to three:
1. News Magazine 640, which had the advantage of postingthe latest post in each new theme – very nice but there were text problems and in IE6, apparently, one whole panel did not show;
2. One which had advertising in the top right but there was no way, except by altering php, of chanigng or loading ads;
3. Atahualpa, which gives you over 200 configurable options – mindblowing – but is still the old three column version I had at Blogger. Nice but it needed a change.
So I ended up with this one. WordPress, I’d suggest, is not enough in itself. It needs to be combined with a great theme which gives many options, with the proviso that the more options, the more you have to think about and the more which can go wrong.