With just a little breath-holding and nail-biting, I present NevilleHobson.com in some of its new clothes.
A bit dramatic-sounding perhaps, but the upgrade to WordPress version 2.2.2 together with implementing the new theme you see here has gone with only a couple of fixable hitches.
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Why change? as a few people have asked me this weekend.
A few reasons. A big one was that I couldn’t do anything further with the version of the K2 theme I’d been using since starting this blog in Feb 2006.
I couldn’t upgrade WordPress to the latest version and still use the K2 version I was using (r167b2) without some major problems. And frankly, I became disillusioned with my continual frustration in never being able to fully figure out how to change or fix things with K2.
More than anything, though, I wanted to create a fresh appearance where I could dive in to CSS and a bit of PHP without making show-stopping mistakes. If you’d seen my earlier efforts with recent K2 versions on my sandbox blog, you’d know what I mean.
I also wanted to use some of the cool widgets out there that only work on later versions of WordPress.
So I have this new theme – what I call ‘NHcom 2.0’ – which is an adaptation I’ve made from a theme created by Michael Pollock. When I came across it last week, I knew this was the one I’d been looking for as my source for a refresh.
A number of people have been very helpful, most of them unwittingly via content they have published on the web. Such content has been invaluable when I’ve been stumped for one reason or another. That’s the WordPress community.
So the refreshed site is up, but there’s still quite a bit of work to do. Populating sidebars. Rearranging pages and content. Fixing one or two things as I encounter them.
Hence the tongue-in-cheek ‘undr construction’ sign, discovered via Paul Battley. Very Web 2.0 with no ‘e.’
I hope you like the reloaded look, all designed to focus on the content rather than add-ins or fancy graphics.
If you’d care to let me know your thoughts, I’d appreciate hearing them.