Updated the Website – Apologies for the Errant Notifications

Moved Website to a New Host and Put in A New and Faster and Wider Page Layout

After the last series on the Hololens 2, I was finding that the page layout “theme” was too confining and it was difficult to view the pictures. I wanted a bit wider page to make images more readable.

I started moving to a new page builder (DIVI) that was much more flexible. In the process, I also updated the PHP version. This caused the website to lock up for almost a whole day.

It took about 24 hours with my old host (BlueHost) to get the PHP version rolled back; actually, it took the 3rd support person I talked only 2 minutes to roll it back. It took 24 hours and 3 calls to get to a support person who could do anything other than to fill out a ticket to a higher level support person. As soon as the website was up, I started moving the website over to WordPress.com (not to be confused with WordPress.org).

Over the last week, I checked out many “Themes” and “Page Builders.” I’m not a website designer, nor do I want to be one. I got well into “DIVI” before I realized that it would be more trouble than it was worth. I finally hit upon “Blocksy,” which is exceptionally flexible for being “just a theme” and noticeably faster than the prior WordPress themes I have used.

Dumb (Garbage) Notifications

Unfortunately, Blocksy (I think it was Blocksy) “helps” you by bringing in a bunch of example posts with garbage content. Unbeknownst to me, when I installed the theme, a bunch of article notifications were automatically sent.

Expect Some Minor Tweaks Going Foward – Let Me Know If Something is Broken

I’m hoping the major surgery on the website is over. Don’t be surprised if there is a button someplace that does something. I have been hunting down and fixing or deleting features/buttons.

I know some of the older posts have problems with images not showing up. If you find a post with images missing, let me know. Some of the links to images got messed up in the move and/or changes in the theme.

I will be tweaking a few things with the formats and menus, but hopefully, nothing big going forward. And hopefully, no more phantom notifications.

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Karl Guttag

One comment

  1. Good call to move away from bluehost. I moved off of them as well when I discovered they store user passwords unsalted (not to mention the abysmal practice of asking users for partial plaintext passwords via email as a form of authentication for support requests).

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