Over the holidays I’ve been busy with a number of clean-up chores and renovations to the Meandering Passage Blog. Over it’s five year history there’s been changes that have left loose ends. This blog:
- started out as a personal journal;
- became a Technical/Apple Mac Blog;
- now is mostly a PhotoBlog;
- has been hosted on three different hosts;
- with two different WordPress directory structures; and
- with six different themes.
Certainly all this chaos left opportunities for simplification and improvement which seemed to me a good end-of-year project.
I’ve condensed/changed from 27 categories down to 5 primary categories. With almost 1500 posts, changing the categories manually was out of the question. The WordPress Plugin “Batch Cat” by Lenin Lee was invaluable in accomplishing this.
I’ve also cleaned up older posts by changing old theme dependent [tooltip text="A macro code for use in post contents available via the Shortcode API since WordPress 2.5"]shortcodes[/tooltip] to current theme shortcodes. Shortcodes are available in many WordPress themes these days but you need to be aware that often these convenient shortcodes may be unique to a specific theme and not supported if you change to other themes. To change the shortcodes in my older posts, the WordPress Plugin “Search & Replace” by Frank Bultge certainly made this task much easier.
Then there was multiple link redirections I’d implemented a number of years ago to handle the change in directory/file structure, now no longer needed. Those were removed.
These changes have made the underlying WordPress installation cleaner, eliminating some lingering issues and organizational complications I’ve dealt with during daily publishing and operations.
You, as the reader, would never be aware of most of these changes so as a “bonus” I also gave Meandering Passage a different look and feel for the coming new year. You’re probably saying, “What, you’ve changed the looks again!”