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Guess who's back (take #2)

Guess who's back (take #2)

Yup, I’m back with a new webname, and using a new system – WordPress– on a new host. (Thanks Mark!)

Obviously you’ll have to bear with me while I fluff out the cushions, uncork the wine and start the jazz music. Don’t mind the sounds of metal being scraped and wood being chiselled – that’s just a temporary thing and it’ll get fixed eventually.

Right now, I’m in the midst of figuring out WordPress, and it’s certainly not as “user friendly” as Movable Type. Tricks that were dead easy in Movable Type seem to require plugins galore on WordPress.

However, so far, here are my main issues with WordPress:

– The themes are all well and good, and allow me to change the look at the drop of a hat. However, it’s a shame that if I change a theme, I also lose all the customizations that went with the theme, even though they’re more to do about the site structure rather than the CSS.

– It’s also intensely annoying how if I make a small minor change to a theme which goes wrong, there’s no way of reverting back to safe settings

– There’s no way of meta-managing posts. I’ve got 800+ posts on this system, and if I want to change categories, I have to manually change each one at a time.

– Movable Type had very simple Previous/Next links as standard. To do that in WordPress apparently requires some kind of plug-in – none of which I can get to work!

But on the plus side:

– Good God, it’s fast. Too fast. But then again, I have no HTML backups for Google to read or for me to salvage my website if it goes wrong (again!)

More when I’ve done exploring…

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