My Thoughts About WordPress

WordPressAlthough I had planned for a long time to start a blog (I think I made my first effort in 1993 or 4), I had never decided on what script to use until just a couple days ago. I was actually looking for something that I could use for a Floor Pro Network so that my members could have their own blogs. I tried a couple things out and even settled on b2evolution. But when I installed that application and was faced with the configuration and other options, I gave WordPress another look.

The installation couldn’t have been much easier – it really does take less than 5 minutes. The options were impressive and simple to set up. I got a couple of plugins and installed a theme I liked and I was up and running. I especially like that it’s all valid code right outa the box. I’m anal about that. The theme I chose has a 1 pixel jog in the background that I can’t seem to fix. I made a comment to the designer on the WordPress Themes page, so I hope it gets resolved.

One thing I didn’t like about the theme I chose (Coffee Stained 1.0) was the size of the graphics. There were only 3 graphics, but the total file size was over 162 KB. That’s gotta take a while to download for the poor saps still using dialup. Even for many DSL connections, that’s a bit of a wait for the page to load. So, I converted the JPG images to PNG, loaded them into Adobe Firefox and then did some optimizing. The header was originally a little over 70 KB, but I was able to reduce it to less than 19. The footer, originally 87 KB, is now just over 17. The background was a 760x155px image with a file size of almost 5 KB. I couldn’t understand why the image would be 155px high, so I cropped it down to only 10px. Some would say 1 or 2px would do just as well. Now the file size is about half a kilobyte. I saved 126 KB.

I wish I could lose some of my fat the same way. Hell, I’d be one handsome guy… nah, it’d prob’ly take a lot more’n that.

Anyway, I enjoy messing with this kind of stuff and I’m looking forward to making this site nice. Even if it doesn’t get a lot of traffic, I’d like it to be nice for myself. And who knows, it might be busy enough to help pay for itself with the advertising. It’s just one small way I hope to get out of this damn poor house and spend my last days in something a lot more comfortable.

5 thoughts on “My Thoughts About WordPress”

  1. Hi Jim – Stumbled upon your site today. Sorry about the prognosis – but God is good and will bless you if you look to Him. I am three years out from breast cancer, and having just gotten my youngest graduated, I started a business. My webguy is a friend – who is also an artist – so he’s “out there” and isn’t very helpful. My question to you is – how do I insert pics in my blog like you have above? He set my site up so I can blog when I do a shoot, then show some examples from the session, but he never taught me how. He spends endless time in techno jargon that just passes me by. What I need is A, B, C, then click, shift, enter (or whatever!) and the pictures post.

    Also, how do I add info to pages that don’t look like blog entries – like I’d like to have my pricing in the info section, like he has set up the “About Us”. That doesn’t have the “posted by Nancy O on Dec 31”

    Your site looks great and is very easy to navigate. Thanks for any help you may be able to give and thank you for your service to our country.

  2. Thanks, Nancy. You asked a couple of good questions. Let me tackle the information pages you mentioned. That one’s the easiest. In the administration CP there is the Write | Write Page tab…

    Write Page tabThis is where I write those kinds of pages – where I have written my About Jim McClain and Privacy Policy pages. These pages, at least in my theme, do not get labeled with the “posted by…” tag. I also remove the check mark on Allow Comments so those pages do not get replied to or have the editor below it.

    I hope that answered your question. Let me know if you need more help. Even though I am very new to WordPress, I’d be happy to try to find an answer to questions about using it.

    Your question about inserting images is a bit more involved. In fact, looking around the Net at different blogs, I can see that explaining how to wrap text around images in WordPress could help a lot of people. I think it deserves a whole new entry here in my own blog. So, look for it soon. I’ll try to work on it today. Thanks again for your questions and comments.

    Jim with 1 Foot in the Grave

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