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Website development

As I said the day before yesterday, a plugin notified me of the fact that I had (have) a couple of very old plugins. This was a good reminder to have look at the website, so I have spent a couple of days of removing, replacing and improving elements of the website. In some cases these are not really improvements.

As you may notice, I changed “theme“s, the way the website looks.. For a while I was under the impression that it was too complex for what I want of a theme, but now that I have been working with a much simpler theme, proved that the other one had some very welcome functions. Without having to code I could edit and tweak it almost exactly the way I want and the new theme hardly has any options.
Then again, the old theme did not have a mobile version and the plugin that I used to present a mobile version to visitors, had not been updated for four years. That is an open request for problems! Now the PC and mobile versions look a lot more like each other again because they are both the same “theme”.
I am not entirely happy with some elements of the theme, but in some regards it will be easier to maintain. Time will tell how long it will takes before I grow tired of it.

I removed and replaced some “plugins”, but unfortunately I also had to add a couple again because some functions proved unmissable. You may run into some changes here and there. Not for the (much) worse I hope.

I had not noticed that the sitewide Google search stopped working and it took some effort to get it back on track. After all these years this Google search still proves to be the best way to have a search that allows you to search the entire website. Other options have crappy-looking result pages or simply do not do what they claim to do. Weird that WordPress does not develop their “network” (“multisite”) function. All subsites remain standalones with perhaps a single repository for themes, plugins and users, but with as little shared functions as five years ago. Too bad. Big improvements are possible there.
The standard WordPress search is a bit hidden in the theme that I chose. You have to click the ‘magnifying glass’ to get a search bar and then you will only search through the “section” that you are currently looking at (so only film reviews for example). To see if your search term has results on other parts of the website, you have to rely on Google and that one is much more visible too.

To my relieve, I had nothing ‘special’ to do to keep the “custom post type archives” (such as the ‘blog’ in each section that I seldom use) working. This was a painstaking task and more than ones prevented me from changing themes in the past.

Other elements have gone back to ‘standard WordPress’. I quite dislike the ‘tag lines’ such as: “Posted in death industrial, noise and tagged Am Not, Tesco on 15/06/2017 by Roy.”
I used to edit it so something like:
“Style: death industrial, noise
Browse: Am Not, Tesco”
Date and author are quite irrelevant in most cases. Oh well, maybe I will find a way to remove this without coding, maybe not.

Oh well, a little website maintenance and development is always good. Right…?

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