This is the first post of ASCII.TEXTFILES.COM under the new location and software. I’m now running WordPress, a very popular and very enjoyable weblogging software suite that first flirted with me years ago. Attempts to switch over to it seemed involved and tedious, considering how entrenched my hundreds of entries were under my old software. Finally, however, the installation of a new weblog and experiencing how much better life was under WordPress finally won my heart once and for all.
I will not sit here and diminish the previous software. It served me well for years and while things started to get a little problematic here and there, I can’t complain that it didn’t do the functions I needed in most cases, and did so in a utilitarian fashion. I must also point out that I was severely, deeply behind in revisions, so I can’t point to this feature or that and not assume the newer versions didn’t have it installed. Maybe.
But the newer versions of that software, when I tried installing them, were complicated and unpleasant. Themes were constricting and mean. And the whole thing seemed to be aimed towards “Search Engine Optimizers” (SEOs) and a level of obtuseness that said “Don’t worry, dude, your job will be safe with us, when you become the only one who knows how this works.”
When I started using WordPress for the Inventory weblog, I have to confess: it was like I’d been in a nice servicable car previously and now I was in fucking OUTER SPACE. I was ZOOMING ALONG THE PLANETS IN A BRIGHTLY COLORED GEOSODIC DOME WITH GUNS MOUNTED EVERYWHERE. I felt FUCKING UNSTOPPABLE.
Ahem. Anyway, it was a notable improvement.
The weblog needs a hundred little tune-ups and the CSS is still a little wonky and I installed a plugin that points out broken links that went “Holy Jesus” in whatever beeping language it speaks in, so I have some work cut out for me. But oh man, this thing is a tub of delicious butter and I am sinking into this bastard. Keep an eye out.
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