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Tag: updates

Quality of Life Improvements – Incyanity Updates

One of the things I love about WordPress is its flexibility. Since moving Incyanity off Joomla in October of 2015 I’ve continued to tweak the site here and there as the need arose, and in the meantime have been able to add new content on a fairly regular (for me) basis. The other thing I really love about WordPress over Joomla is its built-in RSS functionality: whereas Joomla very annoyingly did not have a combined RSS feed for all content regardless of its category, WordPress provides that by default (along with the ability to follow only specific categories or tags if a person so desires), making it very easy for readers to subscribe to the site. WordPress also makes it easy to update existing content and “republish” it simply by updating the published date of the article. I’ve done this a few times since posting the various Heart of the Empire compendium articles, as the creative process is ongoing and several updates have been made to them—and what better way to let readers know there is new content than to simply republish it?

One of the things I hate about RSS reader apps is, depending on the app in question, the updated article isn’t always fetched. Said article appears at the top of the RSS feed on the site based on its updated publish date, but some reader apps remain blind to that change…meaning certain people who follow my content will never know it’s been changed no matter how many times they check their app, unless they come to the site itself and see those updated articles on the landing page. This was aggravating to discover: I tried a few so-called “popular” RSS apps and a few of the highest-recommended ones didn’t show my republished content even after clearing the app cache or deleting and re-adding the feed. Other apps had no issues but weren’t as widely used, probably because they are poorly designed or don’t have as many features. Rawr.

One of the few things I miss about Joomla is its built-in ability to display the date an article was last modified. WordPress has the function but doesn’t seem to integrate it by default and none of the WordPress themes I’ve ever considered bothered to use it either. Bummer. Originally I didn’t care so much because I could just republish…until I discovered that some RSS apps are stupid about that. Full circle arg. What to do?


HOTE Worldbuilding: Getting Organized

Heart of the Empire: Worldbuilding

If you follow Incyanity via RSS, your reader app may have exploded yesterday with fourteen new posts. Sorry, not sorry! They are all for Heart of the Empire. I decided, rather spur of the moment, to post various notes and other tidbits to the HOTE Compendium in an effort to help myself get organized and continue worldbuilding for this story. For this reason, all of the posts are for members only and they all have spoiler warnings attached to them. I’m open to feedback, discussion, and suggestions from members on this content, but please do take the spoiler warnings seriously. :)


Gallery Update

Just a quick note to point out the Gallery and HOTE Artwork pages have been “renovated”: the picture descriptions are displaying once again, and this time to the right of each image like I always wanted to do in the past.


Now for the Hard Part

I’ve finished reposting content to Incyanity and feel pretty good about the state the site is in now. Hallelujah!

Using Joomla to manage the backend is something I kind of wish I had discovered years back, as I realize now how much time it would have saved me. After all, Incyanity has been around in various forms and at various URLs since 1999. Anybody remember GeoCities? I started out in the coveted Area51 block. Yeah. Fifteen years of literally spending days coding in Notepad and Notepad++, learning HTML, CSS, PHP, and a bit of JavaScript from scratch and by examining the source code of other websites, and then being forced to go back and redo whenever the standards changed, things were depreciated, etc.


Success! Moving Forward

Success! Thanks to some help from StackOverflow I’ve been able to solve the problem with the member-only content. The solution seems really silly to me, but it does work, so now I am working on reposting the missing content. :) Look for articles appearing in the menu with a lock icon next to them. Existing chapters of Heart of the Empire will be reposted too. The chapters will have public previews and require a member account to read the balance, as before.


Roadblocked!

I’ve run into a roadblock with reposting the member-only content.

This version of Incyanity is being built using Joomla. Joomla has built-in user registration and permissions settings, which is great! It has built-in syndication feeds, which is also great!

Alas, apparently these two things don’t get along. Since I don’t use user registration or permissions on my other two websites, this is my first time monkeying around with it in Joomla, and either I’ve found a bug OR things are “working as intended” which (if that’s the case) to me is just really stupid.

I posted a protected “test” article, and from the website front end, everything works as it should: visitors who aren’t logged in get an error message, etc. But in the Atom and RSS feeds for HOTE?… The whole freaking article shows up! Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Or I did something wrong and have no idea what. That could be it, too! No help has been forthcoming yet from the Joomla forum so I may have to go searching for a solution elsewhere… But in the meantime, that’s why nothing else has reappeared just yet. I’ll be working on public-only content until that issue is resolved.


Rebuilding

Incyanity has been neglected for a long time. :) Too long, in fact!

The rebuild has begun. I’ve wiped out all prior member accounts, historical blog entries, comments, articles, everything. I’m going to be picky about what I repost, as I need to be able to focus my energy so that I’ll actually be able to create new content rather than being bogged down all the time in trying to make the website work.

For now, only a few public articles are available under Heart of the Empire as well as a few other general pages. The member-only content will return soon. If clicking a menu item doesn’t result in actually going to a new page, it’s because the content hasn’t been restored yet.