I pretty much muck about with this site purely for my own sake and anyone who wants to come along for the ride is free to and encouraged to do so. That said, as a web developer, I’ve been building out everything myself partially out of pride, but also out of wanted to test new things. This has served me well over the years, but I’ve gotten to a point where I’m just tired of keeping up with multiple changes over multiple sites. After many years of deliberation, I’ve finally decided to shift over to WordPress for the blog. The tea reviews, photos, and the rest of it will stay on a system that I’ve been building.
There are a great many things I don’t particularly care for in WordPress, but then again there have been a number of things that do make it easier. In the last couple of years that I’ve been working within this system, I’ve grown to appreciate them–for blogging. As a Content Management System, I think that, unless you have a very simple site to run, WordPress is an onerous beast to manage dynamic systems that aren’t blog-esque in nature.
Added in to this is that there is a very important plugin I want to build for WordPress and I figured that if I wasn’t running it for this site, #1 Fan’s blog, and The Tender, I would never familiarize myself enough with all of the deep, nitty gritty classes and chunks that those who claim to be “WordPress ninjas” [ergh] don’t really even mess with.
I have to say that in general, if you just want to plunk down a blog site quickly, WordPress is quite a good choice as building a theme (once you know what you’re doing) is a quick process. For instance, I built-out the theme for this blog in about three hours, although it helped that the layout was predefined for the main part of the site. However, if you want something more wicked and a true platform on to its own, it’s not your best choice.
Oh yeah, officially the feed address is now www.hudin.com/feed/, but I’ve made it so that the old one of www.hudin.com/feed/ still works for those who do indeed follow along in these, my digital monkey bars. Next rung please.