OK, I’m probably late to the party with this one, as it’s been a week or so since I last logged in, but WOrdpress has released a shiny new version, 5.0! It’s the first major update since… erm, the last one. Actually, it’s been a good few years since their last major incarnation (as far as I can remember. Before I do that, however, I’ll do the most important thing…
I know this one brings in a shiny new editor. I shall politely decline that one, and continue using the lovely text editor what was originally included. I don’t see the need for all of those bells and whistles in an editor. It’s only going to detract from the most important thing, and that’s polluting the internet with my absolute twaddle.
Speaking of updates, my webhosts kindly updated my account to include 50Gb of space for the same price I was paying for 20Gb. That means I have over twice as much space to upload stuff that nobody is interested in!
If you didn’t guess, this is a test post, and if everything goes wrong during the update, you’ll know where the site’s gone, or something.
Well, that was a pretty painless process, as in, not painless at all. I’ve been moved from one server to another, and everything appears to be working. No sign of any errors, and the databases are intact. This is mainly just a test post to make sure it DOES work, and the whole thing doesn’t fall over the second I press the “Publish” button.
We now return to our scheduled programming.
Good lord, it feels like I’ve neglected poor old MV over the past few months, and that’s mainly because I have. Thankfully, I’ve made some changes which should fix some of the issues. Well, one issue, anyway. the vigilant in you would have noticed a PHP error on the bottom of the page, mainly down to the Akisment plugin moving its goalposts. That’s gone.
Secondly, an an issue that’s still ongoing at the time of typing, is that none of the flickr images are working. That’s intentional, and I’ll go through and fix them individually. this is, again, down to flickr changing their perspective on what a customer is to them. All we users are now, are money making cash cows, and although I intend to continue to use them as an image “backup” service, or at least somwehere I can sign in and search my own photos, I’ll no longer be using them for hosting images on here. This means I’ll have to trawl the site, download the 500px size images manually and then remove all the links back to flickr as they’ll no longer work. I no longer have any public images.
Don’t worry, however, it’s not the end of shit photos from me, as I intend to use the gallery in place of it. Due to space limitations, I won’t necessarily bombard it with loads of images, and they won’t be full size, but I’m not greedy. If you like an image, and want to see it in greater detail, I’ll put it somewhere. I know that’s not gonna happen though. as nobody has ever commented on how good my photos are. Ever. Sob.
Some of you will be thinking “Oooooh”, and some of you will be thinking “Oh”. But yes, I’ve managed to get the gallery up and running. For once, this will consist of a collection of photos I’ve taken myself, in the shitty-balls year that was 2012. Despite my ranting and raving in an earlier post, there were a couple of chances to take photos in the year, despite the fact I broke the lens on my big Canon camera.
this time, I’ve also made use of one of the many subdomains I have, meaning it’s a lot easier to access than the other one. Therefore, without further adieu, I bring you…. [drum roll]
… well, what did you expect? Fireworks?
Despite it being simply a later version of the software I used to use in the previous incarnation, it seems to be a lot smoother, however, don’t worry if it’s a little bit slow the first time you visit a picture – it now generates thumbnails only when they’re needed. A vast improvement on me having to upload a gallery, then sit there clicking the “Generate Thumbnail” button for every 20 photos I uploaded. The server move also appears to have cured a few of the other kinks I was having.
Comments will once again be open, until the spambots get hold of it.
This is entirely a “work in progress” as you can imagine, so expect to see quite a few more photos popping up during the coming days.
I’ve been informed by my lovely webhosts that the site is going to be moved to a new host some time in the next week or so, which may mean a small bit of downtime. Of course, it doesn’t really matter, as nobody actually reads this anymore, but last time there was a server move, everything fell to bits, and it took me ages to get back up and running.
Hopefully, this won’t be the case, but if the site suddenly stops working, I’ve not bailed, I’ll just fix it “when I can be bothered”…