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WordPress vs. CraftCMS

I’ve known and loved WordPress for years, and I’ve used it personally and professionally for a number of projects. But a friend recently introduced me to CraftCMS, and suggested it might be better. The only way to find out is to try them both out and compare! For the purpose Read more…

By Matthew, ago
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Making my blog more personal

Successful bloggers, and indeed writers in most fields, will tell you that the key to success is to pick your target market and stick to it.  No surprise, then, that the most read blogs are ones where their authors talk religiously about their chosen topic, whether that be a blog about programming methods or a blog about one man's journey to become a vintage bus driver.In spite of this well-acknowledged fact, you'll notice that my blog is still littered with a whole plethora of categories, covering all sorts of topics and areas of life.  I have chosen not to focus on one target audience, but to write infrequently about everything instead.Now, finally, I've got round to introducing a way for you, the reader, to take control of my blog and only show the articles you're actually interested in.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
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A few changes

A while back my blog decided, in its infinite wisdom, that allowing access to the control panel was in fact not what I wanted to do, despite my many attempts to do so.  I would go to the login page, enter my details, hit the ‘go’ button, and be instantly Read more…

By Matthew, ago
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The Competition

I remember when I first started blogging.  My friend Phill was responsible for starting me off, back when we were at uni together.  He had a blog, and said that I should have one too.  So I registered a free domain name - www.minipix.cjb.net - and pointed that at some free webspace that came with my Dad's dial-up internet connection (with permission... I think), and wrote my first blog.  If memory serves, it said something along the lines of 'hey, I've got a blog, not sure what to write here, but we'll see how it goes'.  Once the bug had bitten, there was no stopping me.

That first blog was a straight HTML page.  I edited the HTML, probably in Notepad, put the latest post at the top of the page, and re-uploaded the file.  Simple but effective.  But over time it became a little unwieldy.  So Phill got me to beta-test his PHP-MySQL blogging system that he'd been tinkering with, and that opened up a lot more options.  Before long though I felt it necessary to migrate to something more substantial, made the move to WordPress (importing my old blog posts), and have been a blogging sensation ever since.  Well, maybe not the sensation bit.

But now, an ominous cloud hangs on the horizon.  A tiny ripple out at sea that has the potential to grow into a tidal wave that will rip through all that once was safe and secure.  My wife has a blog.

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By Matthew, ago
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New blog design

Just a quick note to say that my new blog design is finally live and kicking, with just a few technical bugs to sort out, most notably that comments aren’t working at the moment.  I’m trying to find a solution to that one, and then everything should be fine.  I Read more…

By Matthew, ago
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Blog update

Just quick note to say that I have updated my blog template to the new design I’ve been working on.  It’s not quite finished yet, and there are some links that won’t work yet, but I’m out this evening so those things will have to be added tomorrow.  The basic Read more…

By Matthew, ago
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Missing media buttons in WP 2.5 – partial fix!

I've been hovering on the WordPress forums recently, keeping my eyes peeled for a solution to my missing media buttons following up my upgrade to WordPress 2.5 a week or so ago. Today, prompted by a post by jeenie involving looking at the source code, I had a poke around and managed to get half way there. As you can see from the attached screenshot (which proves it all works!!), I can now access the functionality, even though the images still don't show. It's a curious thing, given that it looks like a fairly simple bit of code that oughtn't to have any problems at all.(more…)

By Matthew, ago