System changes at the decrepit zone
You might have noticed that (with a lot of much-appreciated technical help from Les Jenkins) I’ve transitioned my blog and Diane’s from Expression Engine to WordPress. Well that ain’t the half of it!
Nothing at all wrong with Expression Engine, but WP is being used more widely on campus so it makes sense for me not to divide my effort. Also as Les could tell you I never quite got the hang of EE administration. There are a lot more books available for WP and now I’ll be using it at work and at home. So hopefully I can get a few neurons to lurch in the same direction and grok this thing.
I also changed the back end hosting from GoDaddy to DreamHost. Suffice to say, “DH, where have you been all my (online) life?” Their services are powerful and managed through clean, logical control panels. Prices are good-to-excellent. Love it!
One other note… having spent around three hours Friday and yesterday managing my domains and email accounts on GoDaddy, pointing them to the hosting at DreamHost, I have had it with GD’s website. It’s cluttered, and they can’t do anything without trying to sell you something else. As the domains expire, I will be moving them to another registrar.
Also I have seen all I ever want to see of the “GoDaddy Girls”. Bob Parsons, the GoDaddy CEO, decorates his pages with women he considers “smoking hot” (his words). Mister Parsons – that shtick was funny in one Super Bowl ad after the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction, but you should have moved on by now. In case you are wondering why there’s a dearth of women in technical fields, you might start by looking in the mirror, you sexist creep.
Anyway this work also entailed new mail servers, which meant more changes for MrsDoF. She’s been a pretty good sport about it so far. Wait until she’s writing a post, and types in raw HTML in the Visual editor, and it shows up in the post. It’s happened to me a couple times at work already – I ain’t used to these here newfangled contraptions.
There’s lots to do yet – templates and plugins and fine-tuning, oh my – but please take a look around, and visit MrsDoF‘s blog as well, and let me know if it passes the smoke test. To Infinity And Beyond!