June 8, 2023

I Finally Have A CMS

I finally gave in and decided it was time to upgrade the website. That’s right, no more using PHPMyAdmin to administer dotCULT. I took the plunge and installed WordPress.

They were right about the 5 minute install.. it’s pretty easy to do. Customizing a theme however isn’t that easy. You’ll notice this page has no theme credit at the bottom, and that’s because it’s not a standard template. If you aren’t a CSS guru, I wouldn’t reccomend trying to make your own WordPress theme. Luckily, they have many great ones avialable.

If anybody knows of an AJAXy type plugin instead of popups in the WYSIWYG, that’d be great. If not, I might have to write one. It seems all the little popup windows for links and such resize the firefox window so that the actual content is unreadable.

It looks like they have some neat XMLRPC support here that will allow me to write a post through a firefox extension. I might also play with the post by email support, but I find that rather risky. Seems like it’d be too easy to spoof a post to the site.

Also, there’s a new commenting policy. I’m not going to be one of those guys who requires users register to post comments, but to fight spam you’re going to have to have at least one comment from your email address approved. So if you use a fake email address to comment, keep using the same fake one or your comments won’t show up until I get them first. Hopefully once I get more familiar with the workings I’ll be able to implement a custom captcha like on the last blog. (yes, you weren’t typing Ryan to please my ego..it was to fight spam…sure, that’s it)

Feel free to leave me some comments about the new layout. I’m trying my best to make it not look like your typical blog. dotCULT was doing what bloggers do before blogging was a term. In fact we were one of the first sites ever to have the content on left menu on right style layout that’s become ever so common now. (don’t believe me, visit archive.org circa 2000 – 2001.) I’m trying to keep up that innovative style, so tell me what you like and don’t like and I might just change it.

About Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones is an SEO from Detroit. By day he works as a manager of SEO & Analytics at SapientNitro where his team performs SEO for Fortune500 clients. By night he's either playing hockey or attempting to take over the world with his own websites - which he would have already succeeded in doing had it not been for those meddling kids and their dog. The views expressed here have not been paid for and belong only to Ryan, not any of his employers or clients. Follow Ryan on Twitter at: @RyanJones, add him on Google+ or visit his personal website: www.RyanMJones.com


  1. It’s a lot nicer looking, for sure, but I feel ya regarding the “original blogger” thing. As you know I was there with ya, and I just can’t muster the energy to write for the internet any more because I NO LONGER FEEL SPECIAL.