And… I’m back! Gee, being off the grid for a day was strange.
For those who haven’t visited lately, I took the blog offline for a day for a much-needed spring clean-up.
First, I upgraded to WordPress 3.1. This new version has several long-awaited improvements, such as a faster dashboard, a better internal linking system and a brand new admin bar. Each major WordPress upgrade brings some stress and a lot of word for blog owners. There is always the possibility of something going extremely wrong: old plugins can break a theme, themes don’t always upgrade well… I spend hours backing up everything and I must admit I held my breath for a few seconds when I clicked on the “upgrade now” button. But everything went just fine and within a few minutes, I was enjoying WordPress 3.1’s new features.
I also updated my theme. I had been using a homemade customized version of the excellent free Arthemia theme for a while and I thought it was about time I gave back to the developer of the theme. So I bought the premium version of Arthemia—my way of saying “thank you”. After all, we, users, tend to take all the content made available on the Web for granted but a lot of people work hard to provide it. I know how happy I am when people buy my photography in The Shop!
There are a few improvements, such as the brand new carousel on top displaying the posts from my Canadian Life, a bigger footer with all recent posts, most commented and most active readers, threaded comments and posts displaying in two columns on the front page.
Since I customize my theme, I had to reinstall everything from the scratch, digging into php and CSS files. I hadn’t done that in a while and my very basic coding skills were rusty, but I eventually got pretty much everything to work. I’m sure there are a few bugs left and I’ll be fixing them soon. If you notice something weird, let me know!
The How to… Avoid Fraud Saturday Series will start again next week. I’m also planning a post on Canadian music and maybe something about the fact that our government fell and we are heading to election again. I’m glad to be back to writing, coding is definitely not my strength!
Thank you for your patience guys!