Aside from the technical aspects that I learned while changing themes (such as installing WordPress in another directory and linking it to the root), I learned that it’s good to go through your blog every once in a while and tighten up a few things.
Typical Newbie Mistake
Eons ago when I started this blog I really didn’t have an understanding of what blog categories were all about. I created categories on the fly. Just about every new post had a new category. It got to the point where I had so many categories that I didn’t think I could possibly create a new category for this blog.
On top of my lack of category knowledge I knew even less about WordPress tags. It wasn’t until about a year or so after I’ve been blogging that I discovered a use for tags. I think I’m still a little fuzzy on the tag issue but I use them nonetheless.
Categories and Menus
Imagine my shock and surprise when I realized that WordPress categories could be used as menu items. Yes, sad to say, I’m just finding this out (ya think one of my readers would have enlightened me?) 😉
Anyway, my current category structure here at NJFM is so crazy that it’s going to take quite some time to sort through them. Let’s face it, with a little over 400 posts and almost as many categories, there’s a lot of consolidating to do.
Why I Selected a Solostream Theme
I purchased my theme from Solostream again. The old theme was from Solostream too. After searching around the internet and trying the Thesis format (for a hot minute), I decided to go back to what I knew (yes, that is a Solostream affiliate link).
As a matter of fact, I purchased three Solostream themes. This one is called WP-Clear. I also purchased WP-MedMag (which I use on my BLULOW blog) and WP-DaVinci (which I’m in the midst of configuring for a different blog). I bought the three themes because they have a holiday three-for-one sale going on so I couldn’t resist. If you decide to purchase themes from Solostream, enter “happyholidays” in the discount code section to get the discounted price.
Not for the Fainthearted
I like the look and feel of the Solostream themes, but they don’t come that way out of the box. I had to tweak (am still tweaking) and play around with the code a bit. Their back end interface has several configuration options, but it always seems that the options I want to change can only be changed by going into the .css or .php files.
Fortunately, Solostream has a top-notch support forum and their folks are good at providing tutorials and answering specific coding questions.
My Writing Break
Playing around with blogs and themes is a nice break from writing. It not only gives me a chance to do something different, it helps me to come up with a host of writing topics.
Just a warning, if you come to NJFM and its not here, it’s because I went one tweak too far.