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No More www on MacManX.com

After much thought, I have finally removed all traces of www from MacManX.com. Why? Aesthetics, really. There’s really no reason to have www preceding your domain, an ever-increasing number of sites are beginning to turn away from it, and it saves four characters when linking to MacManX.com in a tweet.

Removing www from your domain in WordPress is as easy as removing it from the two URL values at Settings/General, but I wanted to be as thorough as possible and remove all traces of it. Since the overall process involved a few steps, I figured that I’d share it with you if you ever decided to do the same.

The following instructions are Mac-specific using the plain text editor Fraise, but they can be easily reinterpreted using any Windows or Linux-based plain text editor and FTP or SFTP client.

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MacManX.com v2.0

MacManX.com v2.0 is finally here thanks to a new theme courtesy of Joen Asmussen.  A while ago, I began to realize that MacManX.com was suffering from the very same thing that I often criticize other websites for: link overload with a lack of focus on the content.  I’m proud to report that sidebar links have now been reduced by over 90% and the content is clearer than ever.

If you’re curious about how much the look of MacManX.com has changed over the ages, check out the new MacManX.com Themes gallery.

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Enter Weblog Tools Collection

Weblog Tools Collection, created by Mark Ghosh, has been the number one source of WordPress news for well over six years.  Just two days ago, I applied to a newly open news editor position, and I am now trilled to announce that I was hired!  In fact, my first post detailing WordPress’ impending requirements change has just been published!  You can expect most of my WordPress-related posts to be published on Weblog Tools Collection from now on, while I continue to post about items of personal interest here.

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Moving the Blog

Five years ago, I installed this WordPress blog in a subdirectory at macmanx.com/blog/, imagining that someday I would have some sort of fancy website at macmanx.com, and that this would be nothing more than just a blog.  Since then, I have spent quite a bit of time turning this blog into more than “just a blog.”  About two weeks ago, I finally made the decision to move this blog out of macmanx.com/blog/ and put it where it belongs, at macmanx.com.  The process was relatively simple using just phpMyAdmin, a plain text editor, and an FTP or SFTP client.  There were no problems during the overall process, but the cleanup took a bit longer than expected.  For the benefit of everyone reading this, I’d like to share my process, the problems that I ran in to after the move, and how I eventually resolved them.

The following instructions are Mac-specific using the plain text editor Fraise and the FTP/SFTP client Cyberduck, but they can be easily reinterpreted using any Windows or Linux-based plain text editor and FTP or SFTP client.

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The Blog has Moved Again

After five years, I have finally given in and decided to move both this blog and Sarah’s to the root directory.  That’s right, no more /blog/ and no more basic redirect in the root.  Five years ago, we planned on having some well-developed sites that included the blog along the side, so we placed the blogs in the /blog/ directory and a simple redirect in the root there for the time being.  What actually happened is that over those five years we wound up developing our blogs into the sites that we wanted in the first place, so I felt that it was time to give them the placement that they deserved.

Fortunately, modern redirects have evolved in such a way that you don’t need to do anything, unless you really want to change your bookmarks or resubscribe to the feed.  Everything should be redirecting to the proper place.  Unfortunately, not all subscription services will be able to redirect to the new feed, but I’m hoping that they will at least make some sort of notice regarding the problem so that you can re-subscribe to the new feed URL.

I’ll be posting a writeup of the whole move process in a few days, so If you notice anything wrong, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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