Quick new look, more better stuff coming soon

The Radical Hive Logo
The Radical Hive Logo

I was just playing around with something that’s been buggered on my site for a while.  I couldn’t figure out what it was, so I tossed in a couple of different Themes, until I figured out that my problem was with a rogue open div tag.  After fixing the problem I spent a few minutes looking for a new theme.  The Dilectio Theme had been here for a year now, and it was only meant to be a quick fix until I could build my own theme.

With May 1st Reboot coming up (and StandardsReboot as well), I figured Typebased by Woo Themes would be a great theme to tide me over the couple of months until then (which gives me six weeks from the end of the InfoTech redesign to the launch of a RadicalHive redesign…not too shabby).

I’ve been sitting on a theme design for a year now, but honestly it might be time to start from scratch with one.

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Top 10 WordPress Plugins

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Not available in stores...the WordPress Plugin Bar

It’s Web Design Wednesdays, and this week I’m going to focus on WordPress.

I’ve been using WordPress for a few months now, and I’ve pretty much settled on a few plugins that I love and which will be on my “default install” for any other sites I make.  There are a couple of plugins on this list that I’m not currently using, but I have them earmarked for other sites.

There are two specific examples; I’m not posting comics here, so there’s not much sense for the ComicPress plugin.  I’m not selling stuff, so there’s not much sense in having the WP eCommerce plugin installed, but they’re both really cool plugins that I’ve played with.

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How I switched to WordPress

The WordPress 2.3 interfaceI’m still working my way through a ton of small issues with my new site, but I’m really happy with what I’ve got so far, and where I am right now compared to where the site was a couple of weeks ago. At this point I’m done with the small fiddles and I’m actually creating content in WordPress quite happily!

It’s taken me the better part of a month to get to where I am right now. I’ve imported nearly eight years of content from two separate publishing tools, creating and modifying categories and content types over from the previous systems. I’m also in the process of importing nearly 600 comments from the past three years (via the old HeadsDown Chronicology powered blog).

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