Blog revision updates (May 2017)

Once again, I’ve been revising and updating my blog. I suppose doing so lets me learn more about WordPress, as well as CSS, PHP, search engine optimization, etc. Still, I do want my blog to be the best in can. So, here’s an update on the latest changes.

Back to the GeneratePress theme

After using the previous theme (MH TechMagazine) since last fall, I’ve decided to go back to a longtime older theme, GeneratePress. GeneratePress is pretty easy to use, looks good, and is highly customizable. The support for it’s also pretty strong, and it’s a more popular theme than the last one. Importantly, it’s also easier to manage than some of the other themes I rotated through over the last year. (As I’ve seen from going over my customization/code additions from the last theme before switching.)

Cutting back on blogging frequency

MacBook, notepad, and iPhone
Pixabay photo by Pexels (CC0 public domain)

Starting this month, I’ve cut back on the blogging frequency from five days a week (Monday through Friday) to only three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). Cutting back hopefully will let me have better and more relevant material, and less trivia-filled filler. As such, the “minorities in cartoons” posts, which I’ve been writing almost nonstop for some years now, will drop to being an occasional feature.

A three day a week schedule also gives me time for other things. While I like blogging, I do have some offline things to attend to, including work-related aspects.

Other major changes

Breadcrumbs

I’ve added breadcrumbs to my posts and pages. Breadcrumbs are navigational aids some websites use. They can help users find their way back to either the main home page or up a page/category level. They also have minor search engine optimization benefits.

Customized featured/popular posts in the sidebar

WordPress’ multi-functional Jetpack plugin offers for sidebar widgets a visibility feature. You can set widgets to appear only on certain pages. As such, I’ve customized the featured and popular posts widgets to display technology and media-related links when the viewed post is under those categories. Thus, those interested in reading about diversity in the Justice League of America or WordPress security tips (which might not be overlapping interests) will get relevant recommended posts.

That about sums it up. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about the current state of the blog, please list them in the comments below.

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