Hello world, indeed!
POSTED: January 4, 2012
Six months ago I first experienced a major malware attack. I cleaned it up. Three months later I received a repeat performance. I attempted to clean it up.
This proved harder than the last time, and I ran out of room for manoeuvre. I had other, more immediately important things to do. So the site has languished.
Now it is (almost) back.
To get it to this stage I have moved the site from one server space to another and reinstalled Wordpress from scratch. This has raised the thorny problem: do I want to include all the old, unused navigation pages and tags, that I was planning to clean out anyway?
I have just spent almost five hours on an approach that started by importing the old database into the new installation and proceeded from there. I have now scrapped that one and I am starting with a clean slate. I am going to add the current information, and then add the archives as and when I get the time.
Ho hum, I say.
Update on February 15
The new look and feel was developed as a working example during a course I taught in the Autumn and Winter. It was created as a child theme, using Blueprint as a parent. The theme is built upon a solid grid, since grid-based design was part of the syllabus. It also uses embedded fonts.
I have now realised that because it is deliberately minimalistic the child-like nature of its existence causes more problems than it solves. I have now unplugged it from Blueprint and am developing it as a standalone.
For the next few weeks the theme will undergo a series of increasingly minor changes until I ma happy with it. I now have a set of core files which I am going to tidy up, so that they are clear and consistent, and I can use them as teaching examples next year. I am then going to play with the styling until it is exactly as I want it.
After that I will start adding the older content.
My intention is to build the site with no outward-facing plugins at all, and to code my own functions instead. So far this is working. The test will come when I add monthly galleries to the diary.