I’m still playing with the site and the new WordPress Twenty Fourteen theme. Though the help of the excellent Fourteen Extended plugin, all posts are showing in reverse chronological order on the home page now. The featured posts at the top are not necessarily the three most recent anymore. I’ve also changed the homepage to show excerpts only, and when you click to view the full post it uses the full content area width (no right sidebar). Still working on some image sizing issues, but the site is much closer to how I wanted it to work now.
I’m upgrading Punaro.com to WordPress 3.0 and trying out the new default theme, which is fairly configurable. This place needed an update, so this is one way to force myself to do it.
The WordPress 3.0 upgrade was the most painless software upgrade I’ve ever done. It literally took 30 seconds. No warnings, no errors, and my old theme even worked as if I did nothing at all.
Anyways… time to get tweaking. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…
June 11th marked the 10th anniversary of Punaro.com. In actuality, this site has existed since my freshman year at RIT in 1995. The web was brand new at that point, and my roommate geeks and I were competing to see who could have the coolest website. It was a smorgasbord of repeating image backgrounds, animated gifs, and horizontal rules being guarded by Lemmings. Luckily for all of us, no evidence of that site exists anymore.
The second version of my site was a lesson in trying to build cross-browser compatibility using frames. Over 10 years later, that’s still a pain in the ass.
By Version 3 I had built my own content management platform with CGI scripts and server-side includes. I was also doing nearly what we term today as “blogging”, although I didn’t keep a historical record. When you came to the site, you’d see whatever it was that was up there at the moment. It would likely be replaced by something else the next time you showed up. It was the antithesis of LiveJoural, where everything was saved. Ick. Who would want that?
I created a 4th version in 2003 when Amanda and I got married so we could share the site. That was the last version to operate on my homegrown CMS, as I jumped to WordPress in 2005.
So, after 4 years on WordPress, I’m starting to work on implementing a new theme. Actually, I started this a few months ago and just haven’t found much time lately, so in all honesty, it will likely be fall before anything new gets rolled out. I still do most of my HTML in a text editor, so even editing a pre-existing theme can take a bit of time.
It’s been a fun project to work on for all these years, and even though I don’t post here as often as I would like, I will probably always have a site up at Punaro.com. It just becomes a part of you after so long.
I decided to give the whole Facebook thing a whirl, and much to my surprise have found oodles of people that I’ve been out of touch with. Facebook is like one big reunion! Family members, high school classmates, RITers, random Buffalo people I don’t even know (I am not adding you all as friends, sorry) – it’s like the whole world is on Facebook!
I can do without all the little annoying applications, and I need to figure out how to tie this here blog to my Facebook page (already linked in my Twitter account) but it certainly is an interesting website. I can see why Nancy called it “the internet crack network”.
Had a minor glitch with the blog that prevented some IE users from seeing some of the newly created pages, like Ariella’s Gift List. Turns out the .htaccess file needed a manual update. Let me know if you see anything else out of whack.