First off, after five years, I have switched my CMS from ExpressionEngine to WordPress. The switch itself didn’t take long, only issue I’ve noticed is that it didn’t import commenter emails so I am going to figure out a way for those who frequently comment to get that into the database manually.
The basic reason for the switch is because I was simply unable to do, what I wanted to do, with EE. Even after posting on their support forum, I was told that unless I personally figured out a solution or paid someone to create a plugin, I was out of luck. Granted, WP tends to have more of a “fanbase” thus most of the features I wanted are already included in the WP software or already available as a plugin.
However I do miss some features of EE, such as the membership module, templating system, and the weblog system itself (easy to have MANY weblogs even on the index page, trying to figure out how to have a “mini” blog interspersed through the regular entries at this point with WP). Those features were not enough to convince me to keep paying yearly for software that was not able to do what I wanted to do “out of box”.
Since the switch I’ve made some minor changes in the design, in the top header you can now see my RSS subscriber count and my twitter follower count. I’ve also added a sidebar that includes my recent tweets and flickr uploads. I’ve updated the info/about page, the links page (by the way if I somehow forgot to link you back, let me know!), and ever so slightly the comments (I’m still working on that one lately). I also enabled a mobile version of OSN so you can view it super easy if you’re using your iPhone or Blackberry to view the site for example.
Onto other things, as you can see at the bottom of this entry, a ton of photos. Yesterday we (my boyfriend, my 7yr old, and my practically 8month pregnant self) decided to take a drive, the drive took us from the Chicago ‘burbs, up through Wisconsin. I think my boyfriend drove 10 straight hours (aside from bathroom breaks) since I wanted to take photos. We saw FOUR rainbows! It rained on and off, but thankfully wasn’t muggy or hot out. It was really nice and everyone enjoyed themselves. Granted we got home at 1am or so, and my son is still sleeping, but he loved all the rainbow sightings, the many dairy farms, and just the drive in general. The photos are also in order, via the time they were shot.
After we got home and ate dinner, I noticed right before bed my feet were extremely swollen which made me freak out a bit as I was very swollen for a very long time when I was pregnant with my oldest and had some high blood pressure issues at the time, thankfully it turns out that sitting in a car for over 10hours straight and paying more attention to rainbows rather than hydration, caused the swelling.
Onto other baby stuff, we still do not have a name, I would really appreciate any boy name suggestions at this point, I had wanted something more nature based but can’t think of anything really. Also, per my previous entry, it appears as though we will not be getting any help in purchasing cloth diapers for this baby. Meh. Not surprised but it sure doesn’t make me happy to have this happen less than 9 weeks before my due date!
Well off to eat something, I think we are having BLT’s, yum!