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Site Maintenance and news

It’s been quite a while since I posted in this blog, as I really lost interest in blogging. But with the new year I’ve decided to start again with the posts.

I did publish something in Animealam’s Writing Corner, couple of stories, one of them with nine chapters. But’s it’s not been much, and I often wonder if anyone ever reads them. Still, I decided to update everything and start paying attention the blogs again.

In Animealam’s Writing Corner case, it has to undergo mayor work. Something is wrong with the WordPress there, so much so, that no matter which blogging app I use (on the iMac, and the iPad) I can’t even see the posts, much less blog from there.

I’ll be working on a separate installation, and moving everything from the old blog to the new one, then delete the old one. The new blog will have a much simpler theme in hopes of making it more efficient, and easier to work with. At the moment I’m experimenting with the BirdTIPS theme, and so far it’s ok, we’ll see what works.

I’m also starting to work with the WP plugin PODS for Animealam’s Writing Corner, The Vault, and Jan’s site. There is still much to do, but hopefully this year the sites will be fully operational.

I’m not sure what I will be posting here though, perhaps my experience with iPad apps, the apps for the Mac, and The Sims 3 stuff. I got rather addicted to since late October of last year. I mostly plan to use the Sims as a way to illustrate some of my stories.

This is all for now, I’ll probaly post something on the progress I’m making later in the week, or the next.

The need to rant is great after trying to use Custom Post Types, Custom Taxonomies, and Custom Fields in Word Press.

As they said, it looked too good to be true.

I spent nearly the whole weekend and then some more trying to get the [insert swear words of choice] things to work. I googled my fingers, my eyes, and very nearly my poor brain off. The gazillion tutorials available all made it seem so simple, but nooooooo it’s a nightmare.

I have a basic understanding of PHP programming, mind you VERY basic, but I did manage to code the Custom Posts and Custom Taxonomies without a plugin, and with one as well. The problem arises when you want to SEE the things on you page or post. I could not find a clear reference of exactly WHERE in the world does one have to put the code. I tried it just about every where, but it’s not showing at all.

The real problems arose when using their default theme. Twenty Ten. It’s not bad, not quite what I want, but can live with the thing for the purpose of testing. Personally I wanted to use Arclite (love that theme). I modified as explained everywhere the single.php file. Nothing came out of that. So I made my Custom Post Type single.php (singe-posted-stories, and single-posted_stories) no luck either.

I then went over the code, and surprise! It call’s a template called loop.php. Went over there and my mind boggled. Where am I supposed to add my code????? None of the tutorials tell you you have to go there if you want to show your Custom Post Types in a loop, because the loop does not work even if you add one into a page template.

I’m so discouraged. This was just what I needed for three sites I was planning. One for Jan’s list of fics, one for my own list (this would have included slash fics) and one to keep track of my stories. The later would have been personal and in place of trying a wiki.

I did get MediaWiki working and it’s rather nice to keep everything organized, and even write on line. But MediWiki markup is off putting, and I the wyswyg extensions froze the thing. Still, I guess this seems to be my only choice at the moment for my writing needs, unless I can get WordPress working.

I’m a rather stubborn person (my family would say that’s an understatement) so I will keep trying. I really want to get Jan’s list revamped like I said I would so loooong ago.

So I’m off to get as many PHP tutorials as I can in hopes that I can make more sense of the WordPress codex. At least I know I’m not the only one with this problem. Not all of us are crackshot programmers.

I’ll be posting links to those tutorials I found useful for WordPress and PHP.

Update, soccer, and writing

It’s been a while since I wrote on any of the blogs, and have to admit to being neglectful. I really don’t have an excuse, as I’m not working or anything.

I have been writing though, and reading as much as I can. I’m rather obsessive about reading, and if the story is good I just can’t stop reading until I reach the end, or the last of what has been written. Lately my reading has been more focused on time travel stories. I prefer the re-do type, especially if they include part of TDH (The Deathly Hollows) but omit the Epilogue, or have Harry and Ginny divorce. Never liked the pairing, and was very disappointed that in TDH Rowling got them together, but it’s done, and thank good for fanfiction since I can read other outcomes.

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Iycorner Update

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I know I wrote that I would update iycorner about four days ago, but I haven’t got around doing it yet. I did solve the memory problem I had for running WordPress, and I finally have all the plugins working, but I have yet to re install WordPress.

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Sites Troubleshooting

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For a while now I have been having problems with my WordPress installations.,, and a couple more that were simply tests for my fic lists. The problem was that I didn’t have enough memory for the pllugins that I require for the sites.

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Locally mirror your WordPress blog

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This was an experiment with ShareThis, and it seems ok so I’m probably going to be posting here some interesting tidbits that I find on the net

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