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Upgraded to WordPress 2.0

January 28th, 2006

Well I upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.0. I mostly followed the excellent instructions on the WordPress Codex. Since my host used Fantastico, I wanted to have Frantastico do the install of 2.0, because that way it makes it very easy to do minor upgrades. After I deleted the wp-admin and wp-includes directories as instructed by the Codex, Fantastico reported that only manual upgrade was possible. But when I went to the WordPress section within Fantastico I had an option to upgrade to 2.0.

I had already downloaded the latest updates to my plugins, so when I reactivated them everything seemed to work fine. The only problem is that the spelling checker isnot available when using the wysiwyg editor.

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WordPress 2.0 Released

December 28th, 2005

Yesterday WordPress 2.0 was released. I haven’t tried it yet, but hopefully soon I will have time to give it a spin on my test site. The main thing is that some of the plugins that I use might not work yet with WP 2.0, so it might be wise to give the plugin authors a bit of time to update them.

Since my current project is using WP as a CMS for my church web site, I am especially excited about a few of the features.

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Subscription Feed Repaired

December 22nd, 2005

I discovered that the subscription feed was not working correctly. It has now been repaired.

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Introducing TechSpeak

December 20th, 2005

Welcome to my new technology blog! There are already millions of technology sites, but this site has a much more narrow focus. It is dedicated to thoughts about technology and Christian ministry. Right now I will post mainly about WordPress, since I am using WordPress for my personal blogs as well as for the update of my church web site.

As I learn new things working on my web sites I will post them here. I have copies a few technology posts from my other blog. Hopefully the lessons that I learn will be of help to others. I am especially interested in helping other pastors and churches develop or enhance web based ministries.

Right now the theme for this blog is very spartan. I wanted a different look from my other blog,
Reflections
. In time I will be able to make improvements to this theme and showcase some of my CMS techniques for WordPress.

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WordPress as CMS

August 29th, 2005

WordPress isn’t just for blogging anymore. I am exploring using WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System) for our church web site. A number of churches are moving in this direction:

The Village Church and WordPress
Higgins Lake Baptist Church
Lakeshore Community Church [update: not using WordPress]

There is a theme/plugin combo called Semiologic that significanly changes how WordPress works. It is being used for the site of Cal Christian Fellowship, the IVFC group at Cal.

So why would anyone want to use a CMS instead of just creating ordinary html? And what is a CMS anyway?

Read this article about what it means to have a “data driven” web site.

I think that for our church web site the key consideration is to make it as easy as possible to update and maintain the content of the site. With a WordPress based CMS, we could assign different pages/sections of the site to different ministry leaders who then could update the pages as needed. If you can write in a blog, then you can update pages on the web site. We have to make it possible to update information in the site without needing to know html or how to use ftp.

Here is an article on using WordPress as a CMS

I will add to this post as I learn more about this topic…

Updated: 9/1/05

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Why I chose WordPress

July 26th, 2005

It’s time to post something in the Technology category…

I was thinking about blogging for quite sometime, and I considered the alternatives. Basically it breaks down into two approaches:

1) Blogging services that provide a ready to use blogging site (Blogger, Xanga, Livejournal, etc.)
2) Blogging software that you run on your own server (WordPress, B2, Moveable Type, etc.)

The advantage of the first category is that it is very easy to get started and you don’t need web hosting. The second solution offers more powerful software with more flexibility, plus you are in control of your own data.

For a simple introduction to some of the most popular choices read here. For a detailed evaluation of various blogging software solutions see this.

Since I was already getting my own web site, I opted for choice #2, and specifically I decided to go with WordPress.

A few more thoughts about why I specifically chose WordPress

I could add more to this list, but I think that you get the idea. If people are interested I could tell you a little more about some of the plugins that I use and what they do.

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Bible Verse Links

July 20th, 2005

I have just installed the Scripturizer plugin by Glen Davis for WordPress, so now all the Bible references will automatically have a link to Bible Gateway so that you can read the passage. But unfortunately this won’t work on the crossposted article in Xanga.. so you will have to come to my real web site to use it.

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