I was using a commercial web hosting package and WordPress.org for the blog. Great versatility and control but, unfortunately, as time went on, it seemed to be grinding to a halt. I suppose that was because of the increasing content. I had the option to upgrade to a higher performance web hosting package or simply transfer the blog to Wordpress.com. It just wasn’t worth spending that much more money on it so I decided to go with the latter choice. You lose the flexibility of plug-ins and complete control but I’ve gained the performance that is more important. At the end of the day, there’s no point in having all the bells and whisltes if the pages take 5 minutes to load. Continue reading
One of the features I found a little limited with the Zenfolio site hosting was the Blog. It did have an integrated Blog, which is more than what Photoshelter had but it was still quite a basic system with few features and little to no customisation. So, I’d been using Squarespace for my Photo Blog which wasn’t bad but it still, in my opinion, lacked the versatility and flexibility and feature-set that was desired. I, therefore, decided to get a WordPress platform installed on my ISP hosted site davesphotoblog.net. A relatively straightforward matter apart from having to reset the DNS again which took a good two days before sorting itself out.
The next job was to find an appropriate theme that would match, as near as possible, the custom Zenfolio theme I was using for the main site www.davecarterphotography.com After a few “plays” with standard themes, I came across the one which you see in front of you now, called Eclipse Pro. There’s a LOT to this with a fairly steep learning curve to climb getting to grips with all the features. However, that’s all part of the fun isn’t it?
Anyway, hope you think it’s as cool as I do and looking forward to seeing it develop over time.