This weekend I have focused on relaunching this weblog. But before getting my hands dirty with coding or redesigns or features, I had to take a crash course on WordPress. Fortunately, I had access to Lynda.com and I could watch a couple of modules on managing a WordPress system. I also had to figure out how to import all my postings in the old Blogger blog. It proved to be straightforward once I understood the process. I have a habit of skipping steps in a complicated procedure and then having to circle back to clean up the mess that I made. The only downside to the conversion was the all the internal links and graphics point back to the old site, but at least I don’t have to go back looking for random broken links.
A time-consuming task was trying to find an appropriate design theme that would be suited to my blend of photography and writing. I ended up choosing Smooth [the template’s author site has disappeared] from WordPress Gallery. At this point, I was not looking for perfection, just something with sufficient flexibility so that I could change it over time as I gained experience working with WordPress.
Still pending is how I integrate the non-chronological pages of the Prana Journal with the new blog-centric design. I don’t know if my regular visitors can find this blog easily.