Another in my occasional posts on the technical side of being an author-publisher.
This is a follow-up to my post on being one’s own webmaster really. Many WordPress users have been suffering from gremlins recently, and it seems that about ten days ago things came to a head and WordPress Fixed Things.
In the course of trying to find out what was wrong I learnt a lot. I started to recognise when it wasn’t me, but other parts of the system that were going wrong. This isn’t always the case of course, and in the near future I will have to sort out what to do when Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, which is what my computer runs on. It works fine; I know where to find things and how to fix things. I do most of my work by typing, so I want something that works with a proper keyboard and good wordprocessing interface. In short, I’m hoping to stay exactly as I am for as long as possible. With my Luddite hat on.
I also found some parts of WordPress that I didn’t know existed – the WPTavern with some interesting technical stuff that I more or less understood. Then I found a whole series devoted to writers using WordPress:
How could I have been blogging on here for two and a half years without finding this? By not looking, I expect.
There are some suggestions from this one article I plan to implement:
- more integration of the author site and the book site
- use of standard core content modules
- meet user expectations
- clean up the design
- register authorship with Google
I hope you don’t have to be a WordPress user to access the article – I don’t see why you should, but if you can’t and you want more explanation of these points, ask.
You may have noticed I changed the template a week or so ago – that was when it all started working properly again. I’m still deciding how best to use it. The article is a great help to focus my mind. I’ll be decluttering it as I go – informative but focused. What do you like or dislike about it?