The Seven Sages Project

Has it been 24 years already?

Well, it looks like I have managed to keep this and all the other wordpress sites going for over six months. Granted, this is the only one that gets regular updates, but that’s a record for me with WordPress. I have used some other bloated Java-based CMSs for over a year at a time, but even then it was rare for me to keep up with regular posts for more than the first couple of months. As I’ve said before… web-related stuff bores me.

So, why have I stuck with WordPress this time? First off, the need to support WordPress at work means I need to suck it up and stick with it. Second, that whole twitter junk that started even before Oak Stank took over pushed me back into the own my own content mindset. Finally, WordPress isn’t terrible any more. It used to be that if your session timed out while in the middle of the post, you were screwed. Good bye, post. Now, you log back in and pick up where things left off. This is one of the few times where modern web development trends has done something good. Finally, it’s no longer a pain to manage multiple WordPress sites thanks to tools like MainWP. From one single interface, it’s possible to update everything on a dozen or more sites in the same amount of time it would take to just login to three of them. I went with MainWP because it is standalone and fully hosted within WordPress itself, rather than shoveling things through some pointless cloud-based console like some other multi-site management tools.

Recent site changes

A few days ago I added a new plugin, the NextGEN Gallery. On the one hand, its interface doesn’t really feel WordPressy, but on the other hand, I can integrate a gallery into any random post or page, like this:

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Shot with the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 at 12mm. Exposure time was about 8 minutes. Adjusted positioning from 8552 so that I could capture the plane flying overhead.

I have also switched back to the Generate Press theme for the time being. I really need to figure out its so-called “advanced styling” features, as to me it just looks sort of meh. I did at least figure out how to add a border around the main content block so that things aren’t slammed up against the edge.

Also killed off the social media cross-poster plugin as I am done with twitter. I still want the fancy link previews for everything that supports that, so I installed SEOpress to deal with that.