Moving Back To WordPress
When I first started blogging, it was WordPress that powered my first websites. It was easy to install, provided a huge selection of themes, plugins and was easy to customise for my needs.
For years I poured my thoughts into my personal WordPress blog, spinning off into a new technology-based website, before using the latter as my portfolio to apply for a position at The Next Web.
As they say, the rest was history.
Blogging full-time, my personal websites fell by the wayside.
In fact, I let the domain names and hosting lapse for my older stuff because it marked a time in my life where I was blogging for personal pageviews (ironic that I do the same now but in the technology sector). This meant that I turned to free and hosted platforms, including Tumblr and Posterous.
Tumblr won that battle, mainly because its sharing tools were better and it was easier to make a website look nice. However, having reassessed what I wanted from my personal site, it was time to return to WordPress.
I use WordPress daily at The Next Web, but it’s a heavily customised build that is cached to the hilt and doesn’t necessarily use the latest builds — so when I came back to administering my own site again, it took a bit of getting used to.
Updated to the latest version and plugins installed, I hunted down a nice theme. I checked out ThemeForest, probably the best premium WordPress theme marketplace, and settled on Dulce by We Are Pixel8.
And this is the result.
It may resemble a Tumblr site but it’s all WordPress. It now allows me to connect my iPad and post away, I can connect to my favourite networks using third-plugins and most importantly, I have complete control on the site and how it operates.
I intend to post more of my personal thoughts here in the coming days, perhaps returning to the way I blogged when I first started out.
[Image Credit - Nikolay Bachiyski]