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More Technical Difficulties

This is my first attempt to post something directly into WordPress, as opposed to having a not-yet-published post imported from Movable Type. Hope it works! Comments:

1) Thanks to Eric Smith ’99 (and our genius intern Michael) for help with the process so far. Although the pain is great now, I hope that the benefits will be even greater later. Thanks also to our authors for their patience and our readers for their feedback.

2) The problem with misattributed posts may only be solvable by committing WordPress “suicide,” i.e., deleting everything and doing another import from the old Movable Type installation. We will try that now. This means that any new comments (and posts like this one) will be lost forever. Sorry!

3) With luck, things will stablize in the next few days. We will be contacting some authors in the near future with information on how they can start posting.

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#1 Comment By FROSH mom On December 31, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

Thanks for all the hard work. There are already some wonderful improvements.

I know the very first time I came across EphBlog, I attributed comments to the wrong posters. Granted, I was a new blogger, but the names being outside of the box and at the bottom, was confusing. With the name at the top and within the box, there is no room for error.

I was all set to tell you how I would miss “preview”, but just noticed the box is flexible! Terrific!

Perhaps it was always that way and I just failed to notice!? Very possible.

Anyway, thanks and Happy New Year to you all!

#2 Comment By Neil On January 1, 2008 @ 10:01 am

Having worked it Information Technology, I have a sense of the effort required to make a change like this and then work out all the bugs. Congratulations and a heartfelt thanks for your time and effort.

Ken, Is that what you were doing, thumping?

Tech request; 1) Any chance we’ll can have a preview so we can proof our text and check our tags? 2) can you attach a hyperlink to the banenr photo that links to the top level http://www.ephblog.com (whereupon one can browse to the chosen thread.) Graci.

#3 Comment By & On January 1, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

Right now, I can see the photo of Wendy on the link to that video (this is new as I couldn’t see that since the change over began), but not any other photos recently posted (including the stripper photo that I think was on the front of the same thread). When I try to open the date links for prior CGLC discussions on the CGLC thread, I get an error message. There are a few items in the upper right corner of the EphBlog page, but not the link to Eph Planet so I haven’t been able to read Sam Crain’s and the other blogs.

That’s a report of where we are, not a complaint.

Happy New Year and good luck.

#4 Comment By Gondo On January 2, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

I am on a Mac running Leopard and using Safari as my browser.

1) It is 1/2/08 and I still can’t see the Shalit video
2) Will I need to add a new feed because I have gotten zilch from Ephblog since 12/29.

#5 Comment By admin On January 2, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

Yeah, the embedded video was wreaking havoc with our theme, so we disabled it for now…will add back in later.

The feeds links are broken, and when it is back up the link is likely to be totally different, so be warned.

#6 Comment By FROSH mom On January 2, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

To admin:

The site is looking cleaner and cleaner, especially the first page, without the waves.

On my screen, the olive color is neither here nor there…could be stronger, maybe a bit deeper and cooler…a little less yellow in it. Also, the “links” are very pale until your arrow arrives to them.

From a graphics standpoint, I personally, like the tunnel photo. I realize it has little to do with Williams, but if the header were something that changed periodically, then something contemporary is a nice break.

The site links on the main page are a nice addition. I also, could not get to the past CGCL’s.

Though I make my living in the arts, I know diddly about the technical aspects of creating a website. That said, I hope these comments serve to help rather than annoy.

#7 Comment By Diana On January 4, 2008 @ 10:58 am

I am having trouble logging into the site to post something. I am using my username and password from before, but it is rejecting it. I also asked it to send me a new password, but it rejected my username/e-mail combination. Any ideas?

#8 Comment By stephen o’grady On January 8, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

“The feeds links are broken, and when it is back up the link is likely to be totally different, so be warned.”

it is broken – i’d totally missed the last week or two of posts because i subscribe to the old feed.

might i suggest transparently redirectly older users over to the new feed? this can be accomplished via an Apache (which it looks like you’re still running) .htaccess line that reads something like the following:

Redirect temp /feed.xml http://www.ephblog.com/feed/

or even better, swap the feed over to an intermediary service like Feedburner which would make any future changes transparent to subscribers like me.

if you need help with any of the above, feel free to drop me a line. it’s very little work.