Over the weekend I made some changes to the website, which I hope will improve the reading experience for everyone. About a year ago I had a hack attack on the site. I was able to get things mostly restored, but there were still some issues.
Comments were the biggest problem. Visitors weren’t able to leave comments and would get an error message. That has now been fixed. you can now leave comments. These are moderated, so I don’t let just anything go live. I missed the interaction with readers, who often provide additional insight and information. I’m glad that’s back.
I’ve changed the theme. I may keep tweaking it until I get what I like, but for the time being this will do. I’ve added some additional navigation tools to the right sidebar.
Back in the ancient history of this site I had absolutely no storage space. There was room enough for the code and text, but not for the number of photos I tend to post. I got a Flickr account mainly so that I could post photos to this blog. With this most recent update to the website I will now be hosting most of my photos locally. This gives me some flexibility to created galleries and different layouts, as well as facilitating my writing process.
I’m still going to upload photos to Flickr. I think it’s a much better option than Instagram (which I absolutely hate) and other social media options. I have over 75,000 images there, so why stop now? However, this does divorce the website from Flickr, so if something should happen to it, then I can continue to write content here.
Storing the photos locally also improves my photography portfolio page. I’ve tried several different gallery plugins to bring things over from Flickr, but they all seem to stop working after awhile. I’m hoping this is a more long-term solution.
Apart from the navigation stuff, most of the changes are on the back-end. Users won’t notice too many differences, but it makes things easier for me. That means more content for you guys. Hope you enjoy.