Upgrade to WordPress 2.5 Complete
In my opinion, WordPress is simply one of the best open-source applications available. It became my blogging platform almost a year ago when I converted from Blogger, which was easy to use, but didn’t offer the control I was looking for. As a now-confessed WordPress-junkie, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of version 2.5. The wait is over.
The upgrade from my previous version of WordPress (2.3.1) was a three-step process. It’s been about 60 days since I last updated versions so I had to install the intermediate updates, 2.3.2 and 2.3.3 first. After that I was able to install WordPress’s current AWESOME version of 2.5. In the short time I’ve been using it I’ll just say it’s pretty cool.
Upgrade to Options Theme 1.1.1 Complete
After the WordPress upgrade, I installed the update from Justin Tadlock’s beta Options Theme to Options Theme 1.1.1. I could have installed that a couple of weeks ago, but I decided on waiting until after my WP 2.5 upgrade. I ran into one hiccup where I kind of broke my blog. Fortunately, I made a backup of the directory that was corrupted so it was a matter of just deleting the directory, FTP’ing the backup and starting over.
I’m going to continue to make some tweaks over the next few days to clean the look of my blog up. Overall, I really like how the upgrades function.
Lately I’ve become somewhat of a WordPress template whore. Yes, I know. That sounds pretty dark and seedy. I admit, it started off innocently enough, with the urge to dress up my blog with a new look. I visited the WordPress themes site and started browsing. But browsing was just the beginning. I mean, there are SO many themes out there. And they’re all FREE. Before I knew it, I was downloading and unzipping themes left and right. Here’s a small sample of some of the faces my blog has worn recently:
None of these were “bad”, but for some reason, they didn’t really turn me on all that much. So I’ve been experimenting with this online theme generator called, creatively enough, the “WordPress Theme Generator“. The creator said the following on his blog: “It lets you design a complete theme, save it to a .zip file, extract and upload. Easy & Fast.“ Kind of like your mom – OK, I’m getting off track.
Here’s the result:
It’s OK, I suppose. I created the banner and that blue amoeba-like background using an image manipulation program called GIMP, which I recommend – again, because it’s open-source (and free!).
What’s wrong with this theme? Well, the “save it to a .zip file” thing didn’t work for me on the Theme Generator page, no matter what browser or computer I was on. Later, when I tried to make some edits to my first version, it definitely wasn’t “Easy & Fast”. (Go ahead, enter your own “mom” reference here if you like.) 😉
So what am I going to do? It looks like I’m going to be trolling through the thicket of WordPress themes again, searching for flyinggalindo’s perfect fit. Maybe this time, I’ll get lucky.
And maybe your mom will too.