My Christmas project was to create the Rotary website and do some stuff on mine.
The Rotary website didn't take long once I actually got started. I won't link to it here because it'll narrow down where I live quite a bit, plus the other members don't get to hear about this until tomorrow's meeting. I used wordpress.com on the basis that it's free and simple. I was amazed at how simple it was, but frustrated at not being able to do small things that I can do easily on wordpress.org (which is hosted by me, so I can literally change anything). Hopefully they'll all like it and it'll be easy for anyone else to edit. Getting anyone else to do anything on it will be the hard part...
On my website, I realised I just wasn't updating much on it, so I cut down a bit and put all the remaining pages in WordPress. My page of icons I've made was suddenly so much easier to change about. I realised after I'd done it that the whole site except for the index page is now within the blog/ folder, but I couldn't be bothered to change it. It really doesn't make that much difference in the end anyway. Theoretically it should be a bit simpler to update it from now on, not that there'll be much to update. I sort of feel like it's cheating to use WordPress, but in reality I use more html/css at work than I used on my website these days anyway.
Then I played about with my fanfic archive too. WordPress introduced custom taxonomies - LJ and Dreamwidth have one of those, that they call tags, WP has two built in: categories and tags. Now my fanfic archive has lots, for characters, length, pairings etc. It didn't take long to create them, then it took a while to copy the tags over to my taxonomies. And then I spent ages trying to get the LJ crossposter to crosspost said taxonomies. I eventually managed that over the weekend. It all looks much nicer on my site and makes it easier to find things. It just doesn't look as good on LJ, but since that's really just for telling people there's a new fic and giving them a place to read it, it doesn't matter too much.
One of the problems I have with the crossposter I'm using is that it hasn't been updated in a long time and there's another one out there that is being updated and has some features (well, ok, one) that I like (but on the whole I'm not so keen on it). So this evening I've been playing with php (after a day of playing with actionscript) to work out how the newer crossposter does it, to try and insert that code into the older one. So far I've worked out where the relevant bits are and decided that it's more than an evening's work - and will probably mess up the plugin while I fiddle with it, which'll mean I won't be able to post (unless I crosspost it by hand and that just involves too much effort). So we'll see. There's something to be said for the "this plugin doesn't do quite what I want, so let me modify it" approach, even if it's just "where did my evening go?".
Mirrored from my blog.