Uh oh. Almost a week and no posts and no new pictures uploaded. Falling back into old habits already? Not that anyone is going to believe me, but I do have plans to update the gallery and add more pictures. Especially since a review this morning of our picture storage situation has revealed over 20 GBs of pictures with no backup system. I believe my webhosting plan has more than enough room to store them all so now it is simply a matter of determining the best method for organizing the pictures. My inclination is to keep it simple and store by date, such as in folders for each month. Now that we have two children, it would be impractical to store the pictures by category. So now I just need to find time to sort the pictures and then upload the entire collection.
I’ve found a few more plugins that I’ve installed:
The automatic upgrade plugin was especially handy since a new version of WordPress came out on Monday. TinyMCE Advanced lets me forget about HTML although I still find myself checking the source to make sure that it’s working correctly. The sitemap generator and the Super Cache seemed like good plugins to install. It’s always good to play nice with the search engine sites and reduce the load the site generates on the web server.
Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. -Inigo Montoya
As mentioned earlier, I decided to install WordPress because I wasn’t really using my site. My primary reason for doing so is to make it easier to create posts quickly, since I don’t have as much time for playing on the Internet as I did several years ago. Another equally important reason, is that I have had many difficulties with my image gallery of choice, Showroom, in loading large images. There were unresolved problems with my web host (1&1) and the image manipulation software installed on the server.
So with that in mind, I had planned on trying new image galleries. While exploring the plugins available for WordPress, I came across one that looked really nice: NextGEN Gallery, which would integrate into WordPress. After the easy install, I tried loading up some large images that failed with Showroom. Needless to say, they didn’t load in this gallery either. I did some searching and quickly found this post by the author of the plugin. The test script failed so I imagined I’d have to spend many quality hours on the phone with 1&1’s tech support. Scrolling through the comments, however, resulted in this gem, which eventually led me to this site. After making the simple change, the test script worked!
On a whim, I decided to try the images again in Showroom and to my chagrin, Showroom now works properly. Oh, cruel intarwebs, how you torment me! Anyways, I think I will stick with Showroom, since I have that setup how I want. You can reach the gallery by clicking on the link in the page list. Now I just have several years worth of pictures to upload…
What? Activity at Kalvan.org? After a whole year of nothing?
Yes, I’ve decided that if I’m paying money for the webspace, I better start using it. I think one of the main obstacles has been the annoyance of manually updating files. So I’ve caved and installed WordPress. Eventually I’ll install a better gallery software than Showroom, since development on that has stopped.
Plan on seeing more updates in the near future, as the default theme of WordPress is not something I’m going to want to look at every day.