"Hey I wish we could see what links you're saving to pinboard" you didn't ask. Well, lookie, there's a links, er, link in the header now.
Back in 2010 I added a photography page here. Nothing fancy really, I just wanted to display the latest photos I've uploaded to Flickr. So I wrote some rather dodgy PHP that utilized the Flickr API and phpFlickr. Over the last few years it's started to look a little dated. Flickr has a really nice justified view and I've wanted to do something similar.
I started hacking on some jquery code a while back to do just that but didn't get around to finishing it. And now I really don't need to. For the rather lovely Flickr Justified Gallery plugin takes care of all the things. Up and running in less than 5 minutes.
So now the photography page looks exactly like I've wanted it to for a while now.
(I'd be remiss if I didn't tip my hat to Adam Bowie for the nudge to use WordPress itself)
I've been using WordPress for a little less than a week and I really like it so far. Super easy to install and configure. Really nice looking dashboard with everything organized well. Adding plugins a breeze and changing themes simple. And the fact that there's a living breathing active community of developers and theme authors out there is really a breath of fresh air.
What Plugins I'm Running
Akismet – because who likes blog spam really?
wpuntexturize – because WordPress unhelpfully turns single and double quotes into some unicode nonsense. Stop that. This plugin stops that.
WPtouch Mobile Plugin – to make your site look relatively sane on mobile devices.
Limit Login Attempts – does what it says on the tin, helps to prevent brute force login attempts.
I also had the Movable Type importer installed for a bit but obviously that's a use once and delete kind of plugin.
What's Not Running WordPress
For aggregating online activity, I've yet to find anything as nice as MT's Action Streams plugin. So much so that it's still running in cron driving my stream page. So I can't quite say that I've completely replaced Movable Type yet.
What's Not To Like
There's something to be said for the speed of serving up static HTML. Out of the box WordPress dynamically serves up your pages each time a page is visited, so it's a little slower than the old Movable Type site. I suspect I'll get used to that in time.
So assuming all has gone well, the old Movable Type site is but a memory now. Gone to spend more time with its family.
The new shiny WordPress install has taken its place and if this shows up in your feed reader then I did a decent job of not breaking anything.
It is with a teeny measure of sadness that I've made the decision to move from Movable Type to WordPress. This is probably the last post I'll make from my old stalwart system.
So why move now? Well, two reasons really.
Firstly my hosting provider Pair, while excellent in every way, don't like
mt-comments.cgi at all. Their system reaper process will kill anything using up system resources on the machine. So adding comments to any of my posts was always a bit hit & miss, sometimes it would work, sometimes you'd get the lovely internal server error. All a bit frustrating really.
Secondly, my version of Movable Type went end of life a while ago. No more security updates will be produced and you're basically on your own and good luck with that. Further, there's no upgrade path even if I wanted to continue with MT. The free single user license is no more. Sure you can get Movable Type 6.0 but I'm not shelling out $595. I'm funny like that.
So, it seems the choice is obvious as there is really only one game in town these days. I installed WordPress the other day and have been tinkering and tweaking and it's almost at the point where I'm ready for it.
So, you WordPress users out there, what plugins would you recommend I install?