Driftless Ramblings New Look

  As much as I liked the previous theme I was using with the parchment look, I have decided to switch themes to the current one.  The new theme is much cleaner looking as well as having Google Adsense already incorporated as well as an icon for the RSS feed subscription.


Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by astoner - January 15, 2008 at 11:07 pm

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Update on permalink issues with WordPress and IIS

I think I did get it figured out, at least to an acceptable degree. I had initially selected ‘Custom’ and specified a format I wanted to use along with information in the previous post. But it wouldn’t work, I just got a blank page when I tried to bring up just the post page via the permalink. I even contacted my hosts tech support and after some research they said they didn’t support permalinks. Isn’t a permalink really just a URL? Maybe he was talking doing some of the redirection or something.

Just for the heck of it I tried ‘Date and Name based’. IT WORKED! Now I can go on to see if I can get an RSS feed setup.

—–  Additional Info added 1/19/2008  —–

The wp-404-handler.php file from the link in this post is needed to get the pretty permalinks to work.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by astoner - January 10, 2008 at 10:12 pm

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Pretty Permalinks on IIS

Here again I guess I should have done more research before leaping. My hosting system uses IIS and the pretty permalink stuff doesn’t work out of the box with IIS.

I’ve switched it back to the default and will have to do some more research. A quick search turned up this article that looks to be useful:

I guess getting this change should be on my short list if I want to do before too many more posts.


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Updating WordPress permalink structure

  I just read Caroline Mibblebrook’s ebook about setting up a profitable niche site with WordPress.  I sort of understood what a permalink was from some other research but she finally brought it home for me with it’s relation to SEO (search engine optimization) and just human read-ability.

I wish I would have read it BEFORE I setup my blog.  Since I’m a tech guy myself I do have a bit of a tendency to dive in first, then go back and do more research when I have too.  Not always the best way to do things.  This change isn’t going to cause me too much difficulty.  I think I only put out one or two trackbacks and a comment or two that links straight to an article.

The interesting thing is the links I put out there didn’t break, what broke is the permalink on the site.  I don’t know the inner-workings of WordPress, but this seems a fair compromise.  I’d rather have people coming in from the internet get to the post they expect to see.  I guess the problem is any future links could be difficult.

Although I don’t think it was really meant to be, or at least not the primary goal, I think Caroline’s ebook also makes a nice intro to setting up a site/blog with WordPress.  I’ve been planning to convert my alpaca farm site over to exactly what she’s talking about as a basic site with a blog.  Shortly after I started working with WordPress I saw the potential for using it as a content management system, and not just a blog.

This was a very useful read with lots of good tips.


P.S.  Now we’ll see how the permalink works with this first post after the change.

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