I’ve converted “Thoughts From Eric” over to use WordPress, dropping my lovingly hand-crafted XML/XSLT solution for something packaged. Since there’s no actual package, I guess I use that term somewhat loosely, but then I was also being very loose with the term “lovingly,” at least as pertains to XSLT. I decided to go with WordPress because it’s all driven by HTML+CSS layout, and it uses PHP to generate the HTML. I don’t know from PHP, but I can figure it out well enough to hack in the features I want, and the CSS-driven nature of the layout means I can do my own thing in a jiffy. In this case, that meant bending the PHP files to produce markup consistent with the old meyerweb, and then applying my existing style sheets to the result. Thus the visual consistency between yesterday and today.
Some changes that may or may not be of interest to you:
- By default, comment posting will be disabled but trackbacks will be permitted. I expect things to stay that way until I decide what my policy will be regarding anonymous posting, comment spammers, and the like. I’ll open up commenting on the occasional question post—I expect to put up one later today, in fact—but I won’t be opening up every post for comments. I’ve taken note of how that’s gone at some other sites, and have rarely liked what I’ve seen.
- All feeds will continue to use excerpts; I will not be publishing full-content feeds, mostly because if I did y’all would saturate the outgoing pipes. Yes, dammit, bandwidth does still matter.
- Both RSS feeds have lost their word-count and category information. As soon as I figure out how to recreate those in WordPress, they’ll be back. I had them figured out for WP1.0.2, but the very same functions seem to silently fail in WP1.2 beta, which is what I’m using. I’ll get it worked out eventually.
- The RSS2.0 feed now includes <pubDate> elements for your sorting pleasure. FeedDemon users of the world, rejoice.
- About 300 back-catalog posts (roughly speaking, December 1999 through October 2002) all got dumped into the “General” category. You might not want to try to read that category all in one shot.
- I’ll likely fiddle with the categorization of old posts as I come across them, so don’t do anything that depends on a post being in a particular category. No, I have no idea what that might be.
- The old archive pages still exist, so your permalinks won’t break. If you want to update them to the new URIs, that would be appreciated, but if not, no big deal.
- The vast majority of posts, including posts up through last month, show as having been published precisely at midnight. That’s because the old archive file didn’t carry time information for those posts, not because I’m an obsessive-compulsive night owl.
- Posts now show their categories, and clicking on said category names gets you a list of every post in the category. Right now, that means a page that shows the full post content for every post in the category. I plan to create a condensed-summary category view at some point.
- I’ll probably also continue fiddling with the layout, displayed information, and various other aspects of the post and archive pages. Just don’t refer to a particular layout idea in a debate unless you grab a screenshot, that’s all.
That’s about it. I just thought some of you out there would be interested in the details.