As long time readers know, I’ve tried several times to switch content management systems (CMS) from Joomla to WordPress. Each time, I hit a barrier and would stop and start again. Perhaps, it’s my proximity to Silicon Valley, but I opted to take a different approach this time. I wouldn’t call this a “minimal viable product” or MVP as they say here, but it did force me to let go. It also means you’ll probably see some feedback polls and questions.
This time, I decided to take a different approach. Instead of converting and updating several hundred articles, I’m starting with the most popular and will work through the rest. This is somewhat similar to Pareto’s Principle or the 80-20 rule. It doesn’t make sense to wait until all the pages are converted. That’s the problem I had before and it’s kept me from writing. This may mean you may not see an article right away. If there is one you really need, send me an email and I’ll try to dig it up for you from my archives. It also means you may see design changes on the site as I experiment with this system.
Going forward, I plan to expand some of the content. When I first started this site, the focus was on Microsoft products. While I still use their products, I also use more devices and services including items in the cloud. Part of this process also means throwing out articles. This is especially true for technologies that no longer exist. Sometimes this is because something newer came along and sometimes the company dissolved.
I’ll also be updating the old flash screencasts to MP4s so they will work on all devices. The first iteration will be a simple convert so it’s the same content. Who knows, newer ones may actually have audio instead of captions and my voice.