If you read this via RSS, give me a click and come through to see what’s changed: yesterday, I migrated Professor Beej from its old Blogger.com hosting to an all-new, shiny self-hosted WordPress.org site, complete with premium Thesis theme. Despite everyone telling me for months how much of a difference WordPress makes, I didn’t listen.
I should have. The widgets and plugins are great (finally, no more editing HTML and CSS myself), and Thesis is just mindblowing. The amount of customization I get with it is ridiculous, even if I’m not using half of what it offers. Eventually I will make more use of it as I learn my way around the dashboard and get some web-design experience under my belt.
I still have a few things I need to work on getting set up right, but I think that’s limited to (finally) getting a banner for the blog and getting customized RSS, Twitter, and Email Update icons. I figure I’ll download Gimp (or Gimpshop) tonight and mess around with that a little. I doubt I have it in me to make something as high quality as I need, so if there are any graphic designers out there who want a quick project, give me a yell.
As for permalinks, so far they’re about half dead. I’m doing what I can to try and get them working again, but I don’t know if it will happen because unfortunately, I’m not too good at coding, and all the tutorials I’ve found seem to be invalid now. I might just have to suck it up that only part of my permalinks are still working and move toward a unified WordPress future.
My RSS feed should still be working thanks to Feedburner, so I shouldn’t lose any subscribers (and will hopefully gain a few!). If any of you have any problems getting posts via RSS, let me know. My Google Reader was hit with around 10 new-yet-old RSS posts after the migration. If that happened to you, I apologize for the repeated content.
I also took the opportunity to update my blogroll that I haven’t done in a few days past forever. If I’ve missed anyone who also has me listed on theirs, let me know, so I can share the love. And if you want to swap blog links, I can do that, too.
All in all, it’s been a fairly smooth transition. However, I’m still in the market for any and all feedback and critiques; I know I have a long way to go as far as customization and design go, so please keep those comments coming.