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2010-05-01

 

What, No Parachutes?

I have accomplished the following steps for all blog but this one:

  1. Established a common blog template format.  This post is in a variation of that format.
      
  2. Republished those blogs for which the format is to be changed on all prior posts and archives.
      
  3. Posted “hiatus” messages indicating that the blog is now separated from the Blogger service and will be silent until a new blog engine is put in place.
      
  4. Backed up the hosted forms of the blogs on the web sites where they had been published, up until now, using Blogger FTP publishing.
      
  5. Exported the Blogger content for the blogs.
       
  6. Deleted the blog from Blogger.

With completion of this post, I will carry out steps (5-6) for Spanner Wingnut as well.

The next post you see will be from attempts to use a new blog engine installed on my web site itself.

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2010-04-29

 

Preparing for “Kiln Sitter’s Diary”

I have now changed the color scheme here.   The just-previous template change was based on the current template for nfoWorks: Pursuing Harmony.

Now I am adjusting the appearance for what I will use as the basis for Kiln Sitter’s Diary.   This is the most-important blog for matching and then improving on the template as I migrate to a new blog engine, because it is related to Vicki’s artistic expression.

To arrive at the new color scheme, I looked at those established under the CSS-based template for these pages.  Then I tried out samples of various combinations, resulting in this table of “swatches:”

color: #9E5205
bg: #f5deb3

color:#660000
bg:#f6f6f6
color:#660000
bg:#f5deb3
color: #9E5205
bg: #f5e39e
color:#800000
bg:#f6f6f6
color:#800000
bg:#f5deb3
color:brown color:chocolate color:#800000
bg:#f5deb3
color:#800000
bg:beige
color:sienna color:#800000
bg:#f5e39e
color:#660000
color:brown
bg:beige
color: #9E5205 color:#800000
bg:tan
color:#660000 color:saddlebrown color:#800000
color:#999966
bg:beige
color:#666699
bg:beige
color:tan
bg:beige
color:brown
bg:orange
color:brown
bg:darkorange
color:darkred
bg:beige
color:darkred
bg:orange
color:darkred
bg:darkorange
color:#990000
bg:beige
    color:#cc0000
bg:beige
color:beige
bg:#663300
   

I should have done this sort of thing before now.  It beats repetitive previewing of the full template.   Also, I could have used the FrontPage color picker more efficiently than I did by trying out color names instead. 

After narrowing down on some selections, it is easier to then confirm with a Blogger template preview, see what doesn’t work, and then look for more combinations.

I did have to do some full previews before I obtained something I was willing to operate with for now.  I will now take this template over to Kiln Sitter’s Diary, eliminating the last of my unsuccessful attempts to use a completely CSS-based template.  This will also allow me to have the Diary in better shape for however long it takes between when I shut off Blogger and have the replacement blog engine working over there.

[update 2010-04-30T03:45Z There were some fine adjustments needed in the title block at the top of each blog page and in the bottom block beneath each page.  I wanted that flat before replicating the template on Kiln Sitter’s Digest.
 update 2010-04-30T03:04Z I needed to update the template so that the beige background under posts showed through.  Then I need to set the default background of the swatch table to white so that beige wouldn’t show through where it wasn’t expected.]

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2010-04-28

 

Confirming Image Uploading

The next thing to confirm here is the uploading of images directly to the blog section of the site from Windows Live Writer. It is done this way with the Blogger-published blog because an FTP-published Blogger does not have a Google-provided place to store images and I want the images on my self-managed site in any case.

FTP Image Upload Settings for Windows Live Writer

This is actually pretty easy, so long as I remember that the Username is one I created. It is tied to the location of the web log in the FTP account.

The FTP host will automatically have the log-in from Windows Live Writer rooted at the wingnut blog location on the server because that is what the rules are for that Username. That is why the image folder appears to be at the root. It is the root for that account on FTP, not the root of the FTP host.

The URL is where the pictures are actually carried, relative to where the orcmid.com web site is imaged on the server. The names and folder structure within that folder will be generated by Windows Live Writer. These materials are not intended for deep linking, as you will learn if you use that URL to be nosy.

One challenge with this structure is keeping the images/ subdirectory backed-up. The structure that LiveWriter uses is ungainly and not something that is useful for me to mirror on my web-development site or attempt to preserve in VSS. Instead, I collect all of the image/ material into a single Zip file and I back that up in VSS and keep an image on my hosted-site image and the hosted-site itself. The versions I keep backed up on my local web-development machine will also be backed up on the Windows Home Server that supports my SOHO LAN.

I have no idea if the same or different structure will work with the blog engine I migrate to. How this one migrates will provide the worked case for migrating the images associated with the other nfoCentrale blogs.

[Update 2010-04-29T04:54Z OK, I didn’t catch that the width on the cell was also set. It should all be floating now, with it getting tricky when the browser page width is so narrow that the image itself is squeezed. That’s good enough for now. Update 2010-04-29T04:48Z I put the image and the text with it in a single-celled table so that the additional blog item material below would not flow up alongside the image if viewed in a wide browser window. What I need to remember when I do that is that Live Writer gives the table a fixed with (800 pixels, it seems). I don’t want that. The table should be the appropriate width for how the page is being viewed and that will be just fine. This update remedies that be taking the fixed width out of the <table> element.]

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Time for Big Changes

Spanner Wingnut is having its moment of fame.

This blog has been updated to have a template and web-site organization that matches that of all other blogs under my command.

The special purpose of Wingnut is that it will be the laboratory for experimental conversion of the blog from Blogger FTP publishing to a different blog posting engine hosted right here on the site (actually, nfoCentrale.com).

The special purpose of this post is to drive out use of the new template, one based on the current personality of nfoWorks: Pursuing Harmony.  It’s disappointing in a way.  There were features of the previous Spanner Wingnut blog that I liked.  Maybe some other day.

Meanwhile, let’s start the new post format.  Here goes. …

[update:2010-04-29T04:00Z With that working, as much as I miss features of the previous format, I am reposting this to have categories (labels in Blogger) working.  I will assign this post to a category to ensure that the special category archives are being created properly on Spanner Wingnut.  Then I’ll post a comment to ensure that is working too, even if only for a one-two more days.]

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