WordPress 3.2 Issues

WordPress 3.2 Issues

With the new release of WordPress 3.2, I learned (the hard way) about how important it is to always backup your current website version before updating. I was using the theme Arras, which I thought was a really nice theme that worked really close to what I wanted my website to look like. But I didn’t realize that it wasn’t compatible with the newest version of wordpress (V. 3.2). The thing about the new version of WordPress is that it is suppose to be lightweight, meaning faster database calls which results in faster website load times. However this also means that they’ve stripped a bunch of the base php code away that use to exist in previous versions (3.1.x and below). Unfortunately this means that any theme that relied on this code (specifically themes that are customizable within the admin panel) will break, thus crashing your website/blog. If this has happened to you, you might be thinking, “NO! No! nonononono! All my content, all the time and effort I put into my website for months/years is all gone! NOO!” To you I say, calm down for a second. Your website content is safe and sound, tucked away in the MySQL database. So for anyone who has had this issue and doesn’t know what to do, fear not, I’ve fixed my site twice since trying to update. Here are some basic instructions to fix the issue: If your webhost has automated wordpress install capabilities such as “SimpleScripts” Access the SimpleScripts section from the cPanel of your webhost. (I use Blue Host) Find your website in the “MyInstalls” section. Click Advanced...

Step One: Who Am I

As I begin my quest, I must determine who I am. I don’t like to be called a web designer. What I do isn’t design. Per say. In fact, I do design, but that’s not all I do. I do so much more than that. I would much rather prefer being called a web developer. A web designer is someone who visually designs web pages. A web developer is someone who designs an experience. I am much more an experience man. I can enjoy a good design, but I’ve come to realize that visual design is just one level of “web design”. A designer can come up with a spectacular piece of visual work—something that the VP’s adore, but unfortunately, if it can’t be implemented, then it’s pretty useless. But the marriage of the mediums of visual aesthetics with technology is truly incredible. My forte’ is in this union. This is web development. Web development is not when technology picks up where design left off. Web development is a harmonious relationship of interactivity. Each member of the union works with the other to achieve the unthinkable. Visual design thinks of what technology can do and pushes it. And technology pushes the boundaries of communication that design  can achieve. Together the two create a more meaningful, and engaging experience with the end user. It would be wrong of me to say that what I do is not design. It is. The design I do isn’t contingent only upon visual aesthetics, but also on functionality; on how well something can be communicated, and how long the relationship with the end user...