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Plans for WordPress

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Trapper Zoid

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For the next couple of days I will duplicate journal entries at both my trazoi.net journal and over at GameDev.net. On the weekend I'm going to try and expand my website, and there's a fair to middling chance I might accidentally lose the contents of my WordPress blog; not a big loss seeing how it's new, but worthy of mention. I'll try best to keep the database intact but due to my unfamiliarity with WordPress there's always the risk of data loss.

I've starting making plans for the changes I need to implement with the site. After reading through a lot on WordPress I'm thinking it might be best to base the whole site through the WordPress system. Given the journal is going to be the thing that changes the most it would be best to signify updates on the main page, and since I'd like the main page and the journal to look similar it appears to make sense to just use for the WordPress the whole thing. I've had a look at a few people's web sites done in WordPress; Dan Marchart a.k.a. "Obscure" has a nice one over at www.obscure.co.uk; and I think it will do most of what I want it to, making it a heck of a lot easier to manage the site.

The main annoyance is that I've installed WordPress into a subdirectory, the journal URL, as that's what I originally thought I would be using WordPress for. So I'll need to shift the URLs around to the root directory without making too much of a mess. There's a danger I might break something while doing this, so I'll give you fair warning that things may go awry. There's also a chance I'll break any links here; if possible I'll try to keep the main journal here at the journal subdirectory, showing updates on the main page. However what I actually end up doing depends on a combination of my final ideas for the site structure.

So don't be surprised if things are acting weird on Saturday. I'll try to plan everything I need to do in advance so the process is as painless as possible, but as I'm new to the whole webmaster thing I'm sure to have a few unforeseen snags. Still, I've got most of Saturday planned off to get this site rolling. It seems like a good day to spend indoors, so I don't have a repeat of that time where my brilliant plan to head to the shopping centre just as it opened to beat the crowds on a fine Saturday morning was foiled by a horde of tiny wizards.
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