Changes to pipwerks.com

Just a quick note: I’m renovating this site to make better use of WordPress’ capabilities.

The current version of pipwerks.com is mostly traditional HTML with WordPress being used for the Journal entries; the new version of the site will be almost exclusively WordPress-powered.

Because of the move to WordPress, many of my static HTML files will be converted to WordPress ‘pages’; this means you may see some odd posts in my RSS feed from time to time. Feel free to ignore them.

Why WordPress? A number of reasons, including:

  • easy ‘themability’
  • enabling users to post comments on normal pages, not just blog entries (this will be especially useful for gathering feedback about my lab work with SCORM and Captivate)
  • statistics tracking
  • ease-of-updates for pages (browser-based editing means no more Dreamweaver and FTP)
  • WordPress’ extensibility via plugins and widgets
  • Search engine friendliness
  • Automated linking of content via tags and categories can help visitors find related content more easily

I’ll still be using plain HTML for code examples and demonstrations, but that’s about it.

I have a few tricks up my sleeve and hope to try them out soon. In the meantime, I’ll just mention that my new theme (which hasn’t been activated yet) is HTML 5-based and uses a bunch of CSS trickery. Geeky fun for all. 😉

Why so quiet lately?

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed that it has been very quiet lately. Rest assured there are a number of blog entries waiting in the wings — I’ve simply been too busy to write them. I promise I will get to them soon(ish). In the meantime, I invite you to join me on twitter.