Well. I switched to WordPress. It’s a lovely bit of application and so far I’m happy with it. The infamous five minute install left me feeling excited and full of a newfound respect for server-side installs and open source code. 1 week, several hacks and hundreds of search results later…. the feeling isn’t as strong as it used to be.
The good, the good and the ugly.
Don’t get me wrong. I like about a gazillion things about WordPress better than MT. Pretty high up on that list is the fact that WordPress is (legally) free whereas MT is not. I don’t mind a little judicious rule breaking in the privacy of my own home but I try to avoid public use of pilfered goods. Anyway… good things about WordPress.
- Php based and not a
<$mt made up tag>in sight.
So if I want to change something. I can change it without having to study a translation manual.
- 1 Template and 1 template only.
Sure there are hacks and things for making seperate templates if you want but you have a choice! Imagine that. Unlike MT where just as you think you’re done styling, up pops another ugly page. yuck.
- Full standards compliant code generation, wo0t!
Doubtless there are other good things that I will notice later. The bad thing about WordPress is really more ugly than bad and a bit to be expected. Most of the useful “how to tweak” documentation is scattered through the forums making it time consuming to determine if something has been done before even with the search feature. Once I get used to it a bit more I think I will offer help with documentation.
As you may notice, I was unable to simply change the backend of things without mucking around on the surface. I changed the post and comment styles to something that is not at all similar to the beauty that is conversation over at Stop design. ;D I am using a slightly modified version of Mark Ghosh’sNicer Archives hack for sortable archives. I did lots of teeny tiny changes that only I would care about in an attempt to make my blog beautiful.
Then I came across Dunstan Orchard’s 1976 design and wanted to crawl under a rock and huddle in shame. I have seen his blog before but not since the redesign and I never took the time to notice the little details. It’s definently the little details that count.
It’s not over yet
I still have things to do on this. Like seperate the category list with commas and pretty up the archive pages and the links list. Also other things that I forgot. I’m resisting the overwhelming urge to completely trash this and come up with something new but I really don’t have time. It’s so sad.
Moving on ( and speaking of moving) I’m moving this week. I have no furniture yet and also no rent money. Actually no money of any sort really. It’s ok though. I know that any second now there will a rush of people wanting to throw money at me so that I can make them sites more beautiful than mine. Right Sam? Right.
Here’s to wanting to crawl under a rock and huddle at least once a week. Keeps you humble. And also depressed.
Just kidding. Mostly. 😀