Tag Archives: Planning

I’ve Worn the Letters Off My Keyboard!

It’s been a long, long day at the keyboard! I’ve been an article-writing fool, finishing four articles for Thesis Theme Tools and a long one on Anxiety Sensitivity for my other blog, Anxiety, Panic & Health. Also spent some times making replies in the DIYthemes Forums, and other miscellaneous stuff. And… I went public with the blog, announcing it in Twitter and including it in my signature in the Forums. Anyway, I’ve got a lot done:

  • Finished the articles on setting up Google Custom Search and Google Analytics. Includes work in PhotoShop for the illustrations.
  • Wrote two articles on free FTP and text editor software for the Mac and Windows.
  • Wrote two other posts announcing the new articles.
  • Announced this new blog in Twitter and in the signature in the DIYthemes Forum.
  • Changed “Info” button to “Index” and created Index page. Made new button in PhotoShop.
  • Set up my 404 page — no gnarly dudes for me!

I’m about done for today, but my list for tomorrow includes:

  • Finish the article on Google Webmaster Tools setup.
  • Write articles on various Newbie topics, some already started.
  • Work on menu organization — I can see it will get out of hand if I don’t think about it now.

And as I have time and opportunity (and need a break):

  • Continue thinking and research what it would take to do video tutorials. Find out about post-processing and pro-con of storing on server or with a service like Vimeo.
  • Contact HostGator about some necessary server setting changes for enabling teaser images.
  • Bring into DEVONthink Thesis-related bookmarks from Safari.

Off to read a book, or do something, anything, not connected with the computer!

Content is King Despite Outrageous Storms

I‘ve accomplished quite a bit since yesterday, despite a violent storms outside and frequent power blips (thank goodness for the UPS!). Although I “knew” it, it’s still surprising how much work there is to do getting the site set up — much more than just making the theme look and work ok. As they say, content is king, and I’ve been busy preparing the beginning content so that people will have a reason to visit TTT.

Here’s what I’ve done so far since yesterday:

  • Fixed wp-config so WordPress saves no drafts. A “feature” that bloats the database.
  • Removed the line separating content and sidebar. Godhammer calls it a “laugh-line.”
  • Brought into DEVONthink all the wandering snippets of code and DIYthemes forums snippets on my hard disk. Got everything set up to write the pages and posts for TTT, as well as organizing future materials.
  • Started a color table in custom.css for all the colors I’ve used, plus my color scheme.
  • Worked on the footer to get the fonts larger in the copyright and attribution lines. Changed footer widget body plain text font colors to the same as what Thesis uses for links. Found that I can’t change footer widget body font sizes without messing their alignment up. Oh well.
  • Restored the Anxiety, Panic & Health widget I lost in The Move.
  • Started writing content, such as the landing page, the About page, and all the policy pages. Set them all up in contextual menus.
  • Built a yellow box for post announcements based on the color scheme.
  • Did some research on what it would take to do video tutorials. I already have the software. I just need a good microphone.

My basic goal for today’s work is to add to TTT’s starting content. I want to have the site up and running as soon as practical, and I need starting content to do that. I can add bells and whistles later.

Here’s my to-do list for today:

  • Continue more detailed planning of the menu tree.
  • Continue writing content, focusing on material I already have.
  • Replicate the tutorial on Contextual Submenus I lost in The Move.
  • Finish writing the tutorial on Button Bar Menu/Submenu. Still not satisfied with the name.

And as I have time and opportunity (and need a break):

  • Continue thinking and research what it would take to do video tutorials. Find out about post-processing.
  • Contact HostGator about some necessary server setting changes for enabling teaser images.
  • Find a way to display tags on the blog front page and on pages.
  • Bring into DEVONthink Thesis-related bookmarks from Safari.
  • Set up Google Custom Search for Thesis Theme Tools.
  • Decide where I want the search bar. I was thinking in the header, but it’s already pretty crowded. May just put it in the sidebar for right now. I do want to have a cute little spyglass, though.

That’s all folks! See you tomorrow!
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Fourth of July, El Stupido, and Wandering Snippets

Happy Fourth of July!
Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July! Most people take the day off and do the barbecue thing. I will do hot dogs at my best buddy’s house, but otherwise I’ll be plugging away here at the Nichols Nuthouse. My wife is in England and my daughter is doing her own thing, so I have the space to do what I want, which is plug away.

DEVONthink Pro – try it!

I set up a database in DEVONthink Pro for Thesis Theme Tools. Here I will keep my daily posts, along with all the code snippets and articles I clip. Not only a central repository, but searchable. It’s where I’ll write my posts, too. I’ve used DTP from the beginning for my other blog, Anxiety Panic & Health, and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it for this blog — I wouldn’t have lost those posts if I had. Oh well.

Yesterday I do what I intended — life intervened — but I did get a few things done:

  • Got a FeedBurner account.
  • Set up an image-based subscribe by RSS and email, and Twitter images in a widget. I already had the images from before The Big Stupido, so it didn’t take long — ripped the code off from the Mom Talk Blog with 3 Kids and Us rather than exercise my rusty HTML table skills.
  • Refined the look by making the contextual menu and background behind the button bar black and cm text white. Not so garish. May make the border a different color, too.

Today I plan to (most of which are brought over from yesterday):

  • Bring all the wandering snippets of code into DTP — this may take a while, but necessary.
  • Start a color table in custom.css for all the colors I’ve used so far.
  • Set up Google Custom Search for Thesis Theme Tools.
  • Decide where I want the search bar. I was thinking in the header, but it’s already pretty crowded. May just put it in the sidebar for right now. I do want to have a cute little spyglass, though.
  • Work on the footer widgets more to get the fonts larger in the heading and body.
  • Restore the Anxiety, Panic & Health widget I lost in The Move.

And if I have time:

  • Do more detailed planning of the menu tree. I’ve decided not to make dummy pages for all my planned documents, because users would get irritated if they clicked on something and it was just a placeholder.
  • Replicate the tutorial on Contextual Submenus I lost in the move.
  • Finish writing the tutorial on Image-Based Menus/Submenus. Try to think up a better name for it. Button Bar Menu/Submenu?
  • Start writing content, such as the landing page and some content pages. I can take some of the latter from the DIY Snippets document where I keep some of the more common and/or long-winded replies on the DIYthemes Forum.
  • Think and research what it would take to do video tutorials.
  • Decide whether I want pictures on the blog and teasers. If I do, I need to contact HostGator about some necessary server setting changes for the teasers.

That’s it. See you tomorrow!

The Inevitable First Post

This is the fourth day I’ve had this blog, Thesis Theme Tools, but that is a lie. Actually, it’s the first day, and I had another one called Thesis Tools built off a subdomain of my main blog Anxiety, Panic & Health, for three days.

A dumb mistake

Let me explain: Just today I got the domain name for this blog and set it up. Stupid me erased the subdomain before I got everything moved over, though I did have copies of my custom.css, custom_functions.php, images, and an article I had written.. I lost all my Thesis settings, the first 3 days’ posts, and a couple of widgets, but I think I got off pretty clean for such a dumb move.

Anyway, in these 4 days you can see that I’ve got the basic setup done, my button images and header made, the fat footer in, and a few widgets. I decided not to try to replicate the posts, because you don’t want to read them, and I’ve got better things to do.

Fortunately, I have the whole day (mostly) to tinker with TTT. So far I’ve:
  • Set up the new domain, email, and installed WordPress 2.8 and Thesis 1.5.1.
  • Copied over the custom files, and found and copied the images I had made. Also did a search-and-replace on the domain name in my custom_functions.php file (145 of them!) so things wouldn’t break.
  • Made a new header image for TTT. It was the same size, so all I had to do is change the file name and it just worked — menu adjustments and all.
  • Made new dummy pages so my button bars will work.
  • Brought in some plugins and set them up.
Pretty good for 3 hours’ sleep, huh? So what’s to do after I take a nap? Here’s my list:
  • Finish this post and get it up.
  • Set up a FeedBurner account for Thesis Theme Tools.
  • Set up Google Custom Search for Thesis Theme Tools.
  • Decide where I want the search bar. I was thinking in the header, but it’s already pretty crowded. May just put it in the sidebar for right now. I do want to have a cute little spyglass, though.
  • Work on the footer widgets more to get the fonts larger in the heading and body.
  • Do my image-based RSS, email and Twitter for the sidebar that I lost. Fortunately, I’ve still got the images!
  • Do more detailed planning of the menu tree. I’ve decided not to make dummy pages for all my planned documents, because users would get irritated if they clicked on something and it was just a placeholder.
  • Replicate the tutorial on Contextual Submenus I lost in the move.
  • Finish writing the tutorial on Image-Based Menus/Submenus. Try to think up a better name for it. Button Bar Menu/Submenu?
  • Start writing content, such as the landing page and some content pages. I can take some of the latter from the DIY Snippets document where I keep some of the more common and/or long-winded replies on the DIYthemes Forum.
  • Think and research what it would take to do video tutorials.
  • Decide whether I want pictures on the blog and teasers. If I do, I need to contact HostGator about some necessary server setting changes for the teasers.

Is the design too garish and busy?

I’m concerned about the header. The design looked good as “Thesis Tools” but a bit crowded and busy using the same basic design for the current one. And I’m beginning to think that the whole color scheme looks a bit garish, what will all the different button colors. I actually do have a color scheme, and tried to get as close as I could to it with the button colors, but it’s hard when you have 8 of them. I’m still tinkering, so you may come back one day and it will be all different.

That’s enough for any day, especially since I need to spend some time on Anxiety, Panic & Health as well as visit the DIYthemes Forums a few times.
See you tomorrow!