Old WordPress

It’s no secret that I really love WordPress. Almost every site I’ve made in the last decade has been based on it and I’ve powered my own website with it since 2004.

Yet, I have to say I kind of miss this:

The 'write post' screen from WordPress version 1.2

Sure, it lacks a lot of the frills that WP core has implemented over these many years. There was no need for a “distraction free” writing environment because, well, there wasn’t much there. The only organization for posts was categories. And there was no auto-save feature, which has admittedly saved me a fair number of times when my router has decided being connected to the Internet isn’t a thing it should do!

The “famous five-minute install” was touted a lot back then. And, in fact, if you didn’t have a god awful connection, you could probably upload all of the core files and still manage to get that install done in those five minutes. That is definitely not a thing of today. I have fiber and the last WP site I had to fully upload and install took me almost a half hour.1

Of course, the userbase has evolved and WordPress isn’t just a blogging software. Rather it’s become a full content management and publishing software.

I think that’s wonderful, but sometimes I think it’s just too much for what is needed. I’m going to sound like a senior citizen yelling at children to get off my lawn, but damn it if sometimes I don’t want or need a full C.M.S. to power the site I’m building despite the simplicity WP provides in pushing content to visitors.

Sometimes, I just want that small, little blogging software from 10 years ago!

  1. To be fair, I was also poking around on YouTube to bide my time and there are at least six other things connected to the router sucking my bandwidth.

New-Old Subscribers

It was brought to my attention that WordPress.com now has a tool to transfer subscribers from there to a self-hosted blog running Jetpack. So, I pooped on over and gave it a shot and it looks like it actually brought some folks over here from my (abandoned) account there. It’s not the several hundred or so that got lost in limbo when Support ran a similar tool last year, but hey, it’s not nothing!

So, welcome back new-old friends. It’s been awhile, no?

WordCamp San Francisco

The WP Accessibility group had a metope at this year’s WordCamp San Francisco, which I sadly wasn’t able to attend. But I did find these videos from  a few short presentations they gave. You can check out more at WordPress.tv if you are so inclined — and of course, join us at the Make WordPress Accessible site.

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WP Accessibility Round-Up

For those of you interested in the future of WordPress’s accessibility, I urge you to please contribute to the effort. We could use some feedback on the Twenty Thirteen theme, custom menus, and the add media feature. And for theme developers, there’s now a rough draft of the accessibility section for the handbook

Also, tomorrow is the weekly IRC meetup for the Make WordPress Accessible group. Please feel free to join us in #wordpress-ui on freenode at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Some Yay and Some Ugh

My computer is on its last virtual legs, I think. Today while trying to compile the accessibility issues with WordPress’s Add Media panel, JAWS suddenly popped up a bunch of strange installation errors. And after trying to resolve those, my entire computer crashed. And now it’s doing all manner of odd things. I would very much like my new iMac to get here already. Seems like it’s been forever since it was ordered.

On the sort of brighter side, today I had an appointment with my rheumatologist who pretty much unequivocally ruled out nearly all of the speculated possible diagnoses I had for the pain issues, including fibromyalgia. He thinks the initial issue from last year was likely a pinched nerve from sleeping weird coupled with strained muscles and feels the continued issues are due to bursitis. So, in point of fact, my worry that working the dog had actually caused and/or exacerbated the issue were quite well founded. Though, thankfully, he doesn’t think I’m in danger of causing myself more harm by continuing to use my guide dog.

He gave me a bunch of exercises to add to my yoga routines, a script for a pretty powerful anti-inflammatory, and wants me back in two months. If I continue to have pain after all that, he wants me to have a cortisone injection. Well, actually he wanted me to have one today, but I’d rather try something that’s more sustainable since yoga has helped greatly over the last several months. Though, having said that, the poke-and-prod session has predictably left me feeling especially achy and a good part of me is regretting not jumping on the idea of an injection.