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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A kick in the Googles Pt 2

Things have not been going well with the changes necessitated by Blogger's withdrawal of FTP support. Creating a Wordpress theme that accurately mimics Doodlecat's existing design seems to be beyond my (limited) abilities. Thus I have a choice between these three options:
  • Choose an existing Wordpress theme and modify it a bit. Trouble is, I cannot export the ftp Blogger posts directly into Wordpress, so I'd have to move it all over to Blogger first. And I'd need to work carefully on the CSS to make sure all the static pages worked properly. There's an awful lot of them!
  • Create a new index page for the site and have just this page hosted by Blogger as the Doodlecat Blog or whatever. Clunky and possibly slow - but easy to do.
  • Just stop blogging altogether - it was only ever embedded in the home page to allow multiple users to add content to Doodlecat. We no longer do that, so this is now just an amusing pastime. I could go and do something more useful instead.
Right now I feel a bit like this chap - and I have to confess that my initial reaction to the news was similar!


Blogger Alan Sloman said...

Option Two!

You ain't no quitter!

Go on... You know you want to...

(Loved the video!)

March 9, 2010 at 8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOLOL at the video! Quite inspired :)

Please don't think of stopping. Your blogs are just about my favourites to read: always so interesting, and well written!

Is there a group of pissed-off people having to make alternative arrangements? If so, almost certainly some of them will know how to write scripts, and they may be willing to help.

March 10, 2010 at 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

p.s. Are you thinking wordpress.com or wordpress.org?

March 10, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Al, you know my motto - "if at first you don't succeed - give up". It's got me where I am today :-)

always so interesting, and well written!

Oh, Shirl *blush* you old flatterer, you!

I think there are far more people than Google imagined who are mightily pissed off at the mo'. Trouble is, they are all heading off in different directions, as self willed folk are prone to do, so guidance is a bit thin on the ground.

I am gradually being persuaded to to carry on with my occasional ramblings, and I have gone with Wordpress.org. I actually have Wordpress installed on my server and running in a subdomain for testing at the moment - and it's steadily driving me mad 'cos I know how I want Doodlecat to look & function and I can't make it work!

Miss W, as always, has come to my aid with a book entitled "Wordpress for Dummies".

'Should be right for you', she smirked ... and sadly, she's probably right.

Watch this space ...

March 10, 2010 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Alan Sloman said...

I keep coming back to the video Phil - he even looks like you! Inspired!

March 11, 2010 at 12:02 PM  

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