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So I've been AWOL. My bad. It's update time!

Yeah, so I was sup­posed to update before now, to do a big SXSWi blow-out post, but life shit got in the way (some of that shit was quite good, I must point out) and it felt like it would be weird to write about all the stuff the longer and longer it went unsaid. What­ev­er, I have too many drafts NOT to try to write one “The insane­ly late edi­tion” post — but that day is not today.

So I’ve been AWOL My bad. It’s update time. Word­Press 2.5 was released today and I went ahead an upgrad­ed my blog. All my plu­g­ins seem to be work­ing just fine (although there seems to be a prob­lem with SRG Clean Archives, not in how it func­tions but in how its Options page dis­plays in the new dash­board, I had to man­u­al­ly edit the plu­g­in file to turn off the Moo.FX (they con­flict with the JQuery com­po­nents in my side­bar ele­ments; I think I could adjust this using the new JQuery workaround for using Moo and JQuery libraries at the same time, but it’s more of a has­sle than it is worth), but I think I’ll have to test it out a bit more before I know for sure.

Thanks to both Adii and Chris Mur­phy for point­ing me towards Dean Robin­son’s Flu­en­cy Admin Theme — it is SO hot. Although I have come around to lik­ing the default 2.5 dash­board a LOT more than I ini­tial­ly did when the pre­views start­ed to leak out — and I do pre­fer it to the old dash­board — Dean’s take is far supe­ri­or, at least in my opin­ion. I real­ly like lots of the upgrades and updates to 2.5, but I’m seri­ous­ly hav­ing Expres­sio­nEngine envy, espe­cial­ly after see­ing their 2.0 pre­view. I’m play­ing around with the free Core Ver­sion for an upcom­ing project and may end up using the full com­mer­cial ver­sion for that site. This site will more than like­ly stay Word­Press (I real­ly like Word­Press), but for lots of video con­tent (which is what the project will be about), I’m explor­ing all my options. Plus, it’s just SO pret­ty. And I’m a suck­er for pret­ti­ness.

I’m also going to be switch­ing web hosts with­in the text few days. I signed up with Media Tem­ple about a month ago for the project I will be launch­ing soon and want to go ahead an host my blog there too. I haven’t had any major issues with my cur­rent host (1and1) — and I’ve had my account for like 4 years — but I can’t rely on them if I do need to make a tech­ni­cal or cus­tomer ser­vice request, which is why I nixed them for my video-based project — and I can’t jus­ti­fy spend­ing $10 a month to host this blog when my $20 a month account should be plen­ty to host both. Over the last month, I’ve migrat­ed the major­i­ty of my domains to a domain only account (still with 1and1), to lim­it the poten­tial fall­out when can­cel­ing a 4‑year old host­ing con­tract) and I was just wait­ing for the 90-day lim­it on my URL to pass (though now that isn’t even nec­es­sary) and for 2.5 to come out so that I can back­up my MySQL tables and move the instal­la­tion over to the new site before switch­ing the DNS servers.

My goal is to have it all moved by Mon­day morn­ing — but we’ll see.

We’ve been post­ing inter­mit­tent inter­views from SXSW at Down­load­Squad and the remain­der should be up this week. I will link to all of them when I’m done.





March 2008

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Sean Hack­barth - Gravatar

Sean Hack­barth said:

I final­ly got around to upgrad­ing my WP install on a sel­dom-used weblog. From 2.0.7 for me (yes, it’s been a while). It seems pret­ty good, but I don’t like the image uploader. The ajax is nice, but it won’t insert the image code into the post. I end up with a blank, white win­dow. Luck­i­ly the media library gives me a URL so I can paste it into the post man­u­al­ly. But it’s an extra, unneed­ed step.

Posted on: March 29, 2008 at 10:00 pmQuote this Comment
Jay  (Twit­ter @qthrul) - Gravatar

Jay (Twit­ter @qthrul) said:

Thanks for the Flu­en­cy Admin plu­g­in rec­om­men­da­tion! Amaz­ing dif­fer­ence!

Posted on: March 29, 2008 at 11:37 pmQuote this Comment
Aaron Brazell - Gravatar

Aaron Brazell said:

Be care­ful with Expres­sion Engine. Though it is nice, it is very dif­fi­cult to move off of. Though if you DO decide to go that route and then want to back out lat­er, I might have a lit­tle expe­ri­ence I can lend.

Posted on: April 1, 2008 at 4:17 pmQuote this Comment
Christi­na - Gravatar

Christi­na said:

Thanks Aaron — that’s good to know! If I do end up using that for any­thing, it’ll be for — not I’m pret­ty sat­is­fied with Word­Press for blog­ging, I just get itchy to try new CMSes and tools.

Posted on: April 1, 2008 at 4:29 pmQuote this Comment
Chris Mur­phy - Gravatar

Chris Mur­phy said:

I’ve worked with Expres­sion Engine and I have to say that aside from the longer ramp-up time to get some­thing devel­oped against the frame­work, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to use. I have also used the spin-off frame­work “Code Ignit­er” which was based on the EE core (I believe), and it’s amaz­ing to work with. There’s obvi­ous­ly some grow­ing pains with either frame­work, but for client projects, I’m hooked on CI.

It was a very tough deci­sion for me when I was forced to choose between EE and WP. In many ways EE is supe­ri­or, but as an our of the box solu­tion, WP still has a lot to offer — but who knows, I may just switch back over.

Here’s a pret­ty pop­u­lar exam­ple of design & EE at work:

Posted on: April 1, 2008 at 8:41 pmQuote this Comment
Christi­na - Gravatar

Christi­na said:

YES! Veer­le’s blog is actu­al­ly what first got me intrigued about EE in the first place. Then EE 2.0 was pre­viewed at SXSWi and I saw their screen­cast online ( and just total­ly, total­ly fell in love. Your com­ments on my blog in Feb­ru­ary real­ly had me intrigued too. Veer­le designed the new back­end inter­face for EE 2.0 and it just looks so amaz­ing. And I’m a suck­er for a clean, pret­ty (and func­tion­al — though obvi­ous­ly that is hard to tell from a screen­cast, it looks pret­ty func­tion­al) inter­face.

Out of the box, I agree, WP is tops. For my per­son­al site, I real­ly don’t see myself using any­thing else (and I’ve tried the lat­est releas­es of the oth­er Open­Source blog/CMS plat­forms recent­ly to com­pare). But when I look at some­thing like EE, I can’t help but think “yup, THAT’S worth pay­ing for.” I’m hav­ing fun play­ing around with the free core ver­sion of EE right now (to get a sense of how much I like it before plunk­ing down the mon­ey for a license) and although I might end up wait­ing for 2.0, from what I’ve seen, I’ve been extreme­ly impressed.

Posted on: April 1, 2008 at 8:56 pmQuote this Comment