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A new article not Written by Joomla.

For awhile all my posts (from the sample blog content) were showing as "Written by Joomla" not myself. I did not know where to find the fix for that until I took the advice of Tim at Basic Joomla Tutorials. He suggest installing the default template, protostar, to check on any weirdness in any other template. That helped me track down the problem. Anyway, it was the alias. My author name was fine but the alias was stuck with the sample content, showing as Joomla.

I have found that J2XML, with the WordPress extra extension, does work very well to migrate/ import my old WordPress content into this new Joomla site. I will fix the filing of the images because WordPress automatically files them by date and that gets pretty messy over time. Probably works better for some sites, not others.

At the moment I am trying to read this screen. It is a small font to type into the edit window. I'm going to see if I can get it more user friendly for me. Maybe a setting. Or, maybe a different editor. It would be nice to cut and paste text into here. Right now it does not allow that and it won't let me use my browser spellcheck. So, that just isn't going to cut it for me. Spellcheck catches most of my typos and that especially helps when the font is tiny and hard for me to read.

I am using Astroid framemaker for Joomla. There were some bumps along the way but I've got it working/ figured out (fairly well) now. One thing, it has a limitation when it comes to posting the published date of your post. It doesn't. You can post the date the post was created and/ or the date it was modified. But, not the published date. I settled on using the date the post was last modified. Otherwise, Astroid shows two dates without explanation of what either of them are. (There may be a way to do that with icons or something, but I wanted to keep that part of the post simple.)

Next step will be moving the WordPress posts and images again. I did twice already but ended up uninstalling and reinstalling Joomla (twice) due to my own confusing, stress with dealing with mysterious errors and feeling like Joomla was a maze of options I had to narrow down, somewhat drastically. If you move from WordPress to Joomla - start with the blog sample content. I was VERY against doing so. But, having the blog sample content actually did help me figure things out.

Also, skip the books when it comes to learning Joomla. I bought two of them and did not find them very helpful AT ALL. They both start with sample content that make the whole process a lot more confusing. Plus, the Joomla Extensions book had me thinking I had to have a menu for EVERYTHING! You don't need a menu for anything but the actual menu. Connect your modules to a menu link for things like your Web Links, About (single) article and a home link. You do not need to set a menu for every article you write. For that set up a blog category and link to that. Better yet, start with the blog sample content and skip a lot of confusion and frustration. The blog sample content is already set up as a menu and it will post on your site - without making you jump through hoops.

There are so many things on my to-do list with Joomla. Still!

  • favicons
  • uploading photographs
  • fixing old posts - formatting
  • fixing old posts - images
  • watermarks for photographs
  • open graph/ SEO/ meta tags
  • social media this and that
  • image gallery/ display for photographs
  • header/ logo images
  • author name oddities
  • screwy fonts
  • icons
  • masonry or not
  • read more not showing up
  • double header in Joomla admin
  • something else I'm forgetting right now

I was even looking at the volunteers wanted on the Joomla site. But, I'm not technically inclined to help with software. I really only understand Canadian English. I'm not a social person. Overall, I don't need more to do and I don't really want to be responsible for something more than what I have already gotten myself into. So, I decided not to volunteer. But, I did make a profile. Maybe, something else for the backburner.

I'm typing this just after updating to the new 5.0 WordPress, the blockhead version. I don't like the idea of working with blocks. It seems to add complication where there were less complications before. But, this is my first time trying it. Working with just text has gone ok. I feel I'm typing in space with so much empty, blank, white space around my text.

Adding an image is going to be different. I don't see the image uploader anywhere... Turns out it is in the plus sign at the top left. But, having gotten the image to show up I guess I need to start another block to post again. (It was nice to have the caption right there with the options but I'm not sure how it will look, or how it will last if there are future updates to the code).

Overall, the biggest problem I have with the block thing is that I don't like working in chunks. I would rather have one cohesive post without extra coding added for the sake of adding extra coding. This just seems one more way for WordPress to make it even harder and more impossible to leave WordPress as your CMS. How will any of these blockhead posts look if you export them and import them into something else? How much work will it be to fix? (A lot I expect!) Also, what happens to all these block posts when the block trend falls off the planet and something else new comes along?

Update after changing to Joomla from WordPress: There was a lot of extra junk code (serving no purpose than formatting for WordPress editor) I removed from this post.

I thought I had all my sites set to Canadian English. But, I had missed a couple.

It doesn't come up a lot. There aren't huge differences in Canadian English versus British, Australian or US. But, when something does pop up wrong it bugs me. Especially when spellchecker is trying to correct Canadian spelling.

So, I fixed them all.

To do so yourself...

Start at Settings. Change your Site Language (find English, then the English version you use). Save that.

Then go to your Dashboard, Updates. At the bottom will be the option to update translations. If you have changed your language in Settings, there will be an update in translations. Go ahead and update it.

That's it. A simple process and a simple fix to have your site in your preferred English.

I come from a family where they say, "If I can take it why would I buy it?" This is why I seldom trust anyone and I have tried to find every sneaky angle that can be used against me any time I have to rely on someone else. I do not like being tricked or robbed.

The real irony is that one half of my family were law breakers and the other half law makers. I'm sure there have always been people who jumped the fence, on either side. In my case, I'm more of a law maker who does not entirely trust or respect authority.

This whole thing drives me crazy when it comes to selling anything, like art, online. It is all too easy to rip off. Everything I look at is very flawed. Even if I did go ahead and try it anyway my family will be telling that it isn't going to make any money. Most of them have been in sales. But they don't give me help with selling anything, just insist that everything online is free for the taking.

I think its hopeless. But I keep trying, or sort of trying. It's how I live most of my life.

"How will it make any money?" You have no idea how irritating, to the point of near insanity, that question is after all these years. Why does everything have to be about money? Money, and people are two things I would like not to have. Money, in the way of not needing it by having enough that I don't have to care about it. People, in the way of not having to have them around.

More people seem to be developing this kind of allergic reaction to people. How long will it take before the only time we communicate is through electronics, not face to face? I don't own/ have a mobile phone. Almost everyone else around me has one, or more. I'm not a phone person. Just hearing it ring (the house phone) makes me cringe. But, I laugh (out loud even) at the progress of mobile phones.

From an actual phone to texting only now. Texting, is just a more expensive way to send an email. I'm never going to be addicted to a mobile phone, or any other phone. I'm too happy to not have anyone contacting me. Twitter works. It's silent and I can look at it, or not. Undemanding.

But, I still don't know how I am going to sell my art online. I don't think I am ever going to find a way to avoid having it stolen. I don't have the social skills, or the liking for them, to be a great sales person for myself.

"How will it make any money?". I can feel myself on a Medieval stretching wrack, pulled tighter and tighter. If not for that sound track, could I manage to actually get somewhere? I will never know, not likely.

My family are all very stubborn, in their ways. Mine is that I can not seem to just give up, no matter how many times I say that I am.

Starting with history itself, then onto urban exploration. I like things that have out lived their usefulness, or their popularity might be more of how I feel about them. An appreciation for neglect of some kind.

I also like keeping things on Blogger blogs. I don't believe they are going to have a sudden, great comeback. Though I would like to see it happen. Blogger blogs are good for keeping things you don't want to lose. I have all kinds of sub-topics and niche ideas tucked away on Blogger blogs.

I think it is an inability to let go, or give up.

I thought about going to Toronto WordCamp, the WordPress thing. But, I think it will be all about people making sites for clients and not just people making sites. I really dislike the marketing focus with so much online, not just WordPress. But, with WP it has become an obsession, almost a cult. If you aren't part of the marketing cult you are not allowed to have an opinion.

The WordCamp is focused on Gutenberg. A bad sign. Gutenberg seems to be a faster way for web developers to make cookie cutter sites for clients. It is all about that current fad of using content blocks. I'm already done with that. I don't like seeing blocks of content on sites and scrolling down through their coloured content bars. Move on to something else, please.

The rest of the WordCamp is about the future of WP. That would be interesting but... I expect the future the Gutenberg cookie cutter site people see is not the future I would like. I really wish I had found a better way to work with my content, a different CMS from WordPress. But, I tried that and ended up back at the start. For now. Don't think I have given up. I'm just suspending the mission for awhile.

I wrote to ask about the WordCamp in Toronto, Ontario. But, I never (yet) heard back from them. I think I didn't say all the right keywords.