As you can tell by now, I’ve switched over to a new theme. It’s more compliant with the newer version of WordPress, as well as very flexible and customizable. I’m probably not done tweaking/messing around, so if there are suggestions or concerns, let me know (either in the comments here or via the contact form at the top) and I’ll do my best to rectify them. Or at least make some concerned sounding noises.
Just an FYI guys, the bloggy portion of things was upgraded to WordPress 2.6. I like some of the new features, like post edit tracking, a Press This! bookmarklet to let you easily blog about whatever you are viewing, theme previews (nice since I change themes a LOT), image captions, word count…you can see the others here. SWEET. I just want to add another line or two of text in order to test post versioning and the wrap.
I’ve received some positive comments on the design of my blog (the latest one, that is), and I just wanted to give you folks an idea of where it all comes from. The theme is called Limit, and was designed by Jai Nischal Verma of Blog Oh! Blog. I’m always drawn to the Free Themes from Jai whenever I find them (whether at Weblog Tools Collection or elsewhere). The themes are fully featured, kept up to date (just recently mentioned that he’s updating all of them with the Gravatar tweaks most of you WordPress users read about on your dashboards) and attractively designed. I just downloaded a few more to try out just now, and I am happy with the one I have. If you are a pro blogger (that is to say, making actual money at all this blogging business) and want to go higher tech still, there are very nice paid designs available at BoB. You can also ask for a Custom Paid Theme, giving example sites and your basic requirements.
In addition to the theming, BoB covers WordPress itself, coding (HTML, CSS, etc.) and the blogosphere in general. Jai is currently running a contest to win a PS3 so if you like WordPress and want to upgrade your look, check it out. I’m off to check out those other themes…
Drew McLellan has posted a very good run down of how to improve blog (and general website) performance. It covers caching, outsourcing of feeds, and using something like Amazon’s S3 to host large files, just as an example.
Heck, there are (amazingly enough) 24 different articles on the 24ways site that deal with all sorts of web design quirks. Very good stuff there, check it out.
WordPress, phpBB and Gallery were all updated to the latest versions, as well as the integration plugins. Let me know if any problems are encountered!
I know the forums are a bit wonky depending on which theme I have enabled, I’ll be working on it though.
Edit: I’ve just stopped trying to integrate the forum into the WordPress stuff directly…I don’t think it’ll really come up much anyhoo.