A sea of errors – or is it “I see errors”?

I’m about 3/4 way through checking the site for missing links, typos, miscategorised posts and, well, you know. All of this reminds me why I started casting around for a different platform and thinking of a web redesign. Joomla’s spell check was erratic at best.  I often type too quickly and try to get things posted a bit too fast and sometimes rely on spell check to catch the obvious typos. I’m embarrassed to admit, I don’t always get back to a close proofing. WP is far more efficient when it comes to spell check.

A number of clearly outdated articles on defunct software have been permanently binned.  I’ve archived a bunch of early articles and put them on hold  because I haven’t figured out what I want to do with them. They don’t actually fit into any category. Alas, I think I’ll end up deleting them. 

Another issue was Joomla’s failure to auto save drafts. I’d be working on something and hit the back space, which periodically caused the article to delete, and the entire article would be gone.  I got to the point I would write everything in Word and cut and paste it into the website later. Maddening!

I’m still chugging through all the page redirects, but those are going to be an ongoing project. Each time I think I have them all tackled, a new crop springs up. At least I’ll never be idle.

What else is there to do? Oof! I have to work on the next |previous links on single posts, adjust thumbnail sizes, need a banner on the Tech page, and maybe a new index page. Mind you, I kind of like the page, but it might get a bit out of control in a few months so, we’ll see.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about SEO. I’ve used it in the past but never really wrapped myself around doing it efficiently. I think that’s the next big project. Ensuring everything ticks all the boxes as far as SEO is concerned. We’ll see if it makes a big difference. I feel like I’ve zeroed out the site and purged all outdated ideas. It’s now a big experiment to trace how the changes will affect readership. I’ll keep you posted.

Online editors must think proofreading is a mysterious land

Online editors must think proofreading is a mysterious land

A little something to see out the old year. My only wish for the new year? Major news outlets stop relying on spell check and hire proofreaders.  If you see a butchered headline drop me a line in the comments below.

Screen capture of a bad headline. It reads "Guess how much Bieber did earn in 2016"?

Paging Microsoft – Spell check aisle 1

Microsoft spell check fail with their adShould we tell Microsoft about their nifty spell check feature?

 

Something new – A forum to explore design, art and typography

Okay, I give – I sat down during the weekend and admitted I really do need to create new categories. This is the first one – Exploring Art & Typography.  Under this umbrella will also be mutterings about web design issues.  Web design is one of those quirky beasts that cross over into Computer Tech, meander into typography and design so I plunked it here.

So why this category? Well, it obviously didn’t really fit into the photo log and it wasn’t exactly Computer Tech and Support. I’ve been spending time looking at what makes a design “good”… subjective, hell yes. But there are some common elements of good design and I think this is the perfect forum to flesh out those ideas.

I’d like to encourage readers to contribute their thoughts. I’d love to hear from people about their design ideas and basic annoyances they run into or maybe a bit of (be still my beating heart) nerd talk about typography.  If you’d like to contribute a guest column, drop me a line in the comments section. I’ll be setting up a new email address specifically for this section to make it easier to contact me, but that won’t be a for a few days – I still have to work to earn a living.

I’ll gradually migrate the material from other categories here. I need to create links to redirect people first.