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New look etc.

After a couple of years using Movable Type, I am changing over to WordPress. Despite all the wonderful work thanks to Jay Allen and his MT Blacklist, I was still getting way too much spam. It was becoming a pain to remove it everyday. I am hoping WP does not give me as much stress πŸ™‚

It’s going to take time for me to get used to the new interface. Updating my blogroll etc. is going to take me some more time, so do bear with me. Any problems that you might encounter with navigation, links etc. – do email me. Meanwhile, let me get back to work…

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  1. Change is good. I like this new look and feel. I am also using movable type, but I donÒ€ℒt get spammed that much (manageable), I will stick with this till it get worse.

  2. Anita says

    thanks sam πŸ™‚ yeah. we all need change once in a while, i am sure you’d be the fitting example! hope this one goes better. still have to do a lot of work on the links and navigation.

  3. Welcome to WordPress. Your site looks real good compared to the old one. Is spam (comment and trackback) the only reason for the switchover?

  4. Anita says

    Jax: Umm, actually I switched hosts and Madman who is looking after it suggested I move to WP. This is, probably, a case of blind trust πŸ™‚

  5. Blind trust? In fact, it is a very good move by Madman to suggest WP. I guess he is tired of fixing up MT issues πŸ˜‰ I wonder when he is switching to WP.

  6. Anita says

    Jax: That comment would make Madman immensely happy πŸ™‚ He was a little tired of all my emails complaining about spam! That is a question Madman will be able to answer!

  7. When am I switching to WordPress? It’s a little more complicated for me, since I use some gimmicky thingamajigs on my blog and also have a separate links blog. So I have to work a little more on it.

    http://wp.madmanweb.com is the beta. I am trying to figure out why my links blog window isn’t opening the way it’s supposed to.

  8. Hey Anita – this new look is nice – and ever since I abandoned MT for WP – I have spent more time relaxing and enjoying!

  9. Now this is what I call “change”. For once I wondered if I was on the right website! But its all for the better. Just LOVE the new look and feel. It has that “Classic” look about it. In my opinion, this is great!

  10. Anita, Here is my 2cents
    The background and the font size/color of the fonts(?) are proving to be a little difficult to the eyes. Can you look into it?

    The “banner” of your prior blogsite was more fun than the present one. Again it might be due to the background color.

  11. MadMan: It would be wonderful if you could put a 301 redirect on the old MT feeds around these parts πŸ™‚

    Is the WP install running with the caching thingie on? I am being served WP pages way faster by the MadM server than it used to serve me the MT HTML pages.

  12. Codey, behold the power of gzip compression. πŸ˜‰

    And yes, will add the 301 to the RSS. I won’t bother with all the feeds, just the RSS 2.0 one.

    (Update: This is the identity problem when you’re logged in as the author of the blog.)

  13. Just a test to see if the word codey is triggering Spam Karma. It says his comment was blocked because it matched something in the blacklist. – MadMan

  14. I’m guessing the word L U S T in his URL is triggering the blacklist problem for codey – MadMan

  15. I can only wonder what in codelust caused the Spam Karma to run amok πŸ˜‰

    Help! As if one MadMan was not b(m)ad enough, we have two many now!

  16. ladies, gentleman and boys, please stop throwing allegations at each other in my comment space πŸ™‚

    rest of you, thank you for your inputs. we shall duly note that and do something if we feel like it πŸ™‚

  17. Sabir Ahmed says

    Hey, like the new classic look and fonts. Could do with a brighter masthead – liked your earlier one better.

  18. Whats the advantage of using WordPress?? I believe am quite ignorant on advances on this side….

  19. krishna says

    this looks like stories from a cat who has a blogger πŸ™‚
    actually i liked the old look better….
    but i guess things have to change …

  20. hi Anita!

    Welcome to wp ! πŸ™‚ nice change, great color combi. cool theme. kit kit rocks πŸ™‚

    do let us know ur experience with wp!

  21. Thank God!

    Now I can tell you how to enable full text feeds.

    Go to Options -> Reading -> Syndication Feeds -> Select ‘full text’ radio button as the RSS option.

    Also, one more thing. The link text color is very similar to background color. Not enough contrast like the main text has. Did anyone else felt that?

    JD

  22. thanks sabir! will work on the masthead. and come up with another version soon :0)

    sathish: ask madman some day πŸ˜‰

    krisha: LOL! i think it will take some time to get used to the new look, that’s all!

    thanks arjun πŸ™‚ will do sometime. still finding my way around right now!

    jd: done! but i’ve done the ‘summary’ option for now. will look into link colour πŸ™‚

  23. hey.. this is cool.. its better than the previous one for sure.. goodluck with the progress of shifting/updating from the old one..

  24. still not getting used to it…
    something dark about it… not sinister … but dark
    maybe something to do with your night outs…
    (batman… was there ever a bat woman… and did cat like the bat ?? )
    :)…maybe will get used to it…

  25. Hi, just wanted to say you have a very nice blog, am gonna add it in my website in the blogs section, but i think you should replace your background with a better one.. but this is just my opinion πŸ™‚
    cheeeers.

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