guneetsahai.com is now powered by wordpress

After moving my blog to wordpress, I realized that I don’t need a separate website any more {and hence can save on hosting fees}. WordPress is powerful enough to create a simple website using functionality offered out of the box at wordpress.com. This post explains how I managed to do that. If you too want to setup a quick website on wordpress, Please read on ……..

WordPress allows you to change visual look and feel through something known as a theme. The idea is that you should be quickly allowed to modify the visual aspects of your site without worrying too much about. Applying a theme to a blog/site is a simple matter of a few clicks. When running off wordpress.com, it allows you to pick & choose any theme out of 75 really neat ones. Mostly one should find a theme that meets his/her needs. If you are running wordpress from a hosted machine; then you can even upload any theme that you bought or downloaded free from the web and use it. I settled after experimenting with a few for a theme called “Spring loaded” from the449.

Next Besides the blog, I wanted a set of links in the top navigation that would tell a visitor about me. WordPress has this neat concept of a Page which is basically a static HTML document. Once created, your theme can create a navigational set of links on top/left/right automatically. You can even select one of these pages as the default page when someone visits your website and have a separate link (blog) that points to your blog posts. For more information, refer to this wordpress support page.

Now the only piece remaining was pointing your domain to your wordpress account. This unfortunately is a premium feature and wordpress.com requires you to pay for it. However it is not very expensive as compared to hosting a website on your own. It costs something like $9.89 for a year. However you must change the name servers for your domain to those of wordpress. This article should help you out. With these basic set of changes, your website is up pretty quickly.

What do you think? How has your experience been with wordpress – it would be great if you can share it with other readers of this blog. Of-course any opinion on guneetsahai.com is welcome.

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Migrated to WordPress

Just migrated my blog from blogger to wordpress. I wanted to do this for quite some time now. Had played earlier on my machine with wordpress and was pretty impressed with the ease of changing themes and adding really powerful widgets to it. More importantly I’m planning to get rid of my hosting vendor (which is hosting http://www.guneetsahai.com and point it to my newly created wordpress blog.

Importing my blogs from blogger was a breeze and my new blog with existing daata was up with a new theme in no time. Customizing wordpress to make it look more like a website somehow is more easier than my current skills with blogger. I’m sure blogger also allows its users to do a lot of stuff but I guess I had been avoiding wp for quite some time now.

Added Kool gadgets to Blog

Thanks to Digital Inspiration (See my blog list below on the right panel) – I discovered this mechanism of improving the way I shared the blogs that I read with my readers. I not only used this newly release feature by blogger (got rid of the earlier link list) but also found a bunch of other kool gadgets that google provides.

From the list of gadgets that google has, I added the search gadget (top right) which allows a reader to search information in this blog (powered by google) but it presents the search results very nicely at the top of my blog which I liked very much.

Thanks google.

website errors fixed for IE

My wife recently browsed to my website and noticed that it wasn’t showing properly. The home page showed only the right panel (the one with my image) and the main panel was below the right panel and was very easy to miss.

I was able to reproduce the problem on IE with a resolution setting of 1024 * 768. Had missed the error earlier as the default setting on my laptop is higher than this and the problem does not appear on this. I also noticed that the ‘Contact Me’ page had similar problem over IE even with higher monitor resolution.

The problem was easier to fix (adjusted the panel widths) but considering that a good percentage (~ 48%) of visitors on my website use IE and all of these users would have seen the shabby looking site is embarrassing.

Recent Website Changes (upto release 1.6)

In the last couple of days, I have made quite a few changes to my website. Some of the prominent ones that I remember are

a) Added Google Analytics to various pages
b) Beautified “Contact Me” page
c) Added a Map & Directions to reach my office as a separate link on “Contact Me” page
d) removed Contact Details from Home Page and moved it to “Contact Me” Section
e) Added a link for RAC & Linked In Profile in “Contact Me” Page
f) Built a form for developers who wish to work with me on projects accessible through “Contact Me” page.

Besides Google Analytics and the last item in the list, rest all other are cosmetic in nature. Though they involve only look and feel of pages, completing these tasks do take up a lot of my time. Now it’s quite a few days since I enabled analytics on my website through google I’m yet to analyze the data that it would have collected. I’m pretty sure the usage statistics might provide me with some useful information on how & which content is more popular on my website. I’ll definitely add to my blog if I stumble upon any interesting find through google analytics.

The last addition in the website involved building a web page that allowed developers to notify me that they wish to work with me. Ever since I started working as a free lancer, I have constantly been reminded by fellow developers that they can take some time out from their schedule to help me out. I’m sure there are other developers whom I don’t know yet but can team up with to work on a bigger & complex project. So I put up a page that basically allows me to reach out to these people.