Ernie Leseberg

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Tag: cms

Shame On Me

I have let this site slide. Not just in new content but also keeping the site up to date with new versions of WordPress etc.

My history with WordPress goes back a long way. I have built both commercial and non commercial sites with it. Developed plugins and themes, and helped many others get sites up and running. These days I am a lot less hands on and my contact with what has been happening in the WP world has declined.

With all the angst over Gutenberg and WP 5.0 I left this and a couple of other sites on WP 4.9.x. I have been getting questions over the new editor from some non technical site admins who had hit the update button and been confused and frustrated by the changes they found. So it was time to catch up given 5.2 is now out. Gutenberg is fine. It’s a little different but pretty functional. I’m yet to see massive advantages or disadvantages of it.

What I have been underwhelmed by is the Twenty Nineteen theme. I have nothing against minimalism but this theme just leaves me cold. Lacks customisation, and some of the fonts and the footer. Hmmm. Maybe I need to use more imagery and it will look better. More likely I will go find something else.

I’m even a little tempted to see what else is out there in CMS land.

UPDATE 18/5: I ended up switching to the Hemingway theme.

WordPress Custom Post Types

WordPress is best known as a blogging engine, but new features in recent releases and the ability of plugins to add functionality have made WordPress a viable CMS (Content Management System) for sites.

WordPress 3.0 added ‘custom post types’ which allows a developer to define new types of content in addition to the 5 inbuilt types. No longer will posts or pages need to be twisted into shape by use of custom fields or lots of PHP coding. Don’t let the name ‘custom post types’ have you believe the new content is just an extension to WordPress posts. The more correct title is ‘custom content types’.

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But I Still love WordPress

The other day I had a whinge about WP security updates & releases. This post was written after I had just spent valuable time updated a number of WP sites I maintain.
Now I have that out of my system here are the reasons I use WP more and more:

  • Not just a blog tool, but a legitimate small-medium CMS
  • Large and knowledgeable support community
  • A huge and vibrant community of themes and plugins
  • FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) all the way

I have recently moved 2 more sites to WP, and both are better for it:

  • Girraween Athletics from Joomla
  • devReview from custom code

When I next need to put together a site with content management type capabilities I will likely use WP again over alternatives I have tried.

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