ALL NEW SITE & HOST!!

July 31, 2008 28 Comments »

It’s been a week long project but rickyjordan.com now has a new host and all new site design!  Since my Blog was launched in June of 2006 it has been part of the designsmarter.typepad community which is funded by SolidWorks.  The great thing about the whole experience is that even though they are providing the space, no one at SolidWorks has ever once said or done anything to control the content of mine or any of the other Blogs in that community.  It has been a wonderful experience and I personally want to thank them for providing it to me.  I honestly don’t believe you would see as many Blogs on SolidWorks today without their help in starting so many through the designsmarter.typepad Community.  I can’t say for sure if I would have started my Blog without their help and encouragement.

So now you must be asking yourself, “If it is so wonderful, then why are you leaving it?”.  I have some big plans for this site.  Some of which I probably won’t complete for another couple of months.  Some of those plans call for a Blog format that is much more flexible than what Typepad has to offer.  WordPress is by far the most flexible & popular opensource Blogging platform around.  Simply put, it fits in best with some of the things I want to do to this site.  The WordPress software itself is free so all I had to do was select a Host.  I ended up going with Bluehost.com.  The experience has been wonderful thus far.  I have UNLIMITED bandwidth & UNLIMITED data storage!  (Yes you read that correctly.)  Now to be fair I’m sure that one wishing to take advantage of this could exploit it and get a call from the guys at Bluehost.  I’m not going to load up servers with massive amounts of data anytime soon and it provides extra piece of mind for me not to have to worry about bandwidth or space.  Not to be lost in this is the fact that they have 24/7 tech support and a feature packed control panel.  It’s nice to have options!

Anyway, here are a few specifics I want to make sure my readers know.  If all goes according to plan, the Feedburner Feed WILL REMAIN THE SAME.  The feed still has Typepad in the address but I left it there so folks hopefully won’t have to update their RSS readers.  The jury is still out on this…keep your fingers crossed for me!  Also I have gone to painstaking trouble to make sure that almost ALL my URLs from existing posts remain the same.  This took some tedious work in both the WordPress admin panel as well as direct edits to the database.  Only 5 of my 150+ posts have new URLs in the changeover.  I will try to get those URLs forwarded as soon as I can.  I’ve still got a few little things I’ll be updating on the pages but everything for the most part should be pretty complete.  Something new with the new site is a search tool!  (FINALLY!)  In my testing thus far it seems to be really quick!  Try it out for yourself!

Thanks to some of my fellow Bloggers for giving me some greatly needed feedback on WordPress and site design concepts.  Also thanks to Patrick Cook at SolidWorks for helping me transition this site with relative ease.

As I always say, STAY TUNED…there is MUCH MORE TO COME!!

UPDATED 8/1/08: I just updated the site with a new custom header.  A special thanks goes out to Josh Mings of SolidSmack who is the Photoshop master behind the new header.  Great Work Josh!  You’ll have to give me some lessons sometime! :-)

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28 Comments

  1. Jan August 1, 2008 at 2:01 am -

    I just moved my blog from typepad.com to wordpres.com, and on the TypePad versus WordPress issue I would like to add that even a free hosted and domain-mapped blog on wordpress.com has much more flexibility than the same blog on typepad.com. And guess what, all my domain-mapped URLs at TypePad are automatically redirected to WordPress, and my post URLs are in fact redirected to the same post that now sits on WordPress. WordPress IS a great tool!

  2. Jan August 1, 2008 at 3:01 am -

    I just moved my blog from typepad.com to wordpres.com, and on the TypePad versus WordPress issue I would like to add that even a free hosted and domain-mapped blog on wordpress.com has much more flexibility than the same blog on typepad.com. And guess what, all my domain-mapped URLs at TypePad are automatically redirected to WordPress, and my post URLs are in fact redirected to the same post that now sits on WordPress. WordPress IS a great tool!

  3. Jason Raak August 1, 2008 at 4:47 am -

    Great looking site Ricky. I really apologize for not getting back to you after the other night. I would still like to touch base sometime just to see how everything is going. Keep up the great work, I love the new look and feel!

  4. Jason Raak August 1, 2008 at 5:47 am -

    Great looking site Ricky. I really apologize for not getting back to you after the other night. I would still like to touch base sometime just to see how everything is going. Keep up the great work, I love the new look and feel!

  5. CharlesCulp August 1, 2008 at 7:10 am -

    I'm excited about your switch because now I can post comments! Before typepad would always run a 404 error after I would type in the “human verification” text.

  6. Christy Jordan August 1, 2008 at 7:54 am -

    Yup, new site and his wife *still* doesn't make it to the link list.
    You know, I suddenly don't *feel* like cooking this weekend…
    ~smiles~

  7. CharlesCulp August 1, 2008 at 8:10 am -

    I’m excited about your switch because now I can post comments! Before typepad would always run a 404 error after I would type in the “human verification” text.

  8. Devon T. Sowell August 1, 2008 at 8:18 am -

    Ricky-

    Your new site looks great, good job!

    Devon

  9. Mark Burhop August 1, 2008 at 8:38 am -

    Love the racecar!

    And I'm forwarding Christy's site to my wife and daughter! I don't see why you don't link to her :-)

  10. Christy Jordan August 1, 2008 at 8:54 am -

    Yup, new site and his wife *still* doesn’t make it to the link list.
    You know, I suddenly don’t *feel* like cooking this weekend…
    ~smiles~

  11. Devon T. Sowell August 1, 2008 at 9:18 am -

    Ricky-

    Your new site looks great, good job!

    Devon

  12. Mark Burhop August 1, 2008 at 9:38 am -

    Love the racecar!

    And I’m forwarding Christy’s site to my wife and daughter! I don’t see why you don’t link to her :-)

  13. Matt Lombard August 1, 2008 at 10:03 am -

    Ricky,

    Looks great! Congrats on the move, I know that's a lot of work! I think you'll like WordPress!

  14. Ricky Jordan August 1, 2008 at 10:10 am -

    Thanks to all for the nice comments. I have put quite a bit of work into it.

    Part of the advantage of the new site is that I can update links quickly. The first thing I was going to do this Thanks to all for the nice comments. I have put quite a bit of work into the new site.
    First thing this morning when I got to work my plan was add some more links. (Yes – my wife's link was first on the list.). I got into work only to discover that our ISP has not updated their DNS cache! So the result is I cannot access my new site or more importantly the admin panel for posting. I am leaving this comment via my iPhone. I will try to get some updates done shortly via iPhone.

    If you are into cooking then check out my wife's Blog at http://www.southernplate.com

    She has only had the site up a few weeks and it is getting an amazing number of hits.

  15. Matt Lombard August 1, 2008 at 11:03 am -

    Ricky,

    Looks great! Congrats on the move, I know that’s a lot of work! I think you’ll like WordPress!

  16. Ricky Jordan August 1, 2008 at 11:10 am -

    Thanks to all for the nice comments. I have put quite a bit of work into it.

    Part of the advantage of the new site is that I can update links quickly. The first thing I was going to do this Thanks to all for the nice comments. I have put quite a bit of work into the new site.
    First thing this morning when I got to work my plan was add some more links. (Yes – my wife’s link was first on the list.). I got into work only to discover that our ISP has not updated their DNS cache! So the result is I cannot access my new site or more importantly the admin panel for posting. I am leaving this comment via my iPhone. I will try to get some updates done shortly via iPhone.

    If you are into cooking then check out my wife’s Blog at http://www.southernplate.com

    She has only had the site up a few weeks and it is getting an amazing number of hits.

  17. Gabi August 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm -

    Wow! Great looking site, Ricky! I love the (speed) racer!

  18. Gabi August 1, 2008 at 5:12 pm -

    Wow! Great looking site, Ricky! I love the (speed) racer!

  19. Josh August 1, 2008 at 9:07 pm -

    Hey Ricky, looks GREAT. love the colors and you did most the work with that car you did in the header! glad to have helped out man.

  20. Ricky Jordan August 1, 2008 at 9:52 pm -

    I really appreciate all the comments by everyone. You don't know how much it means to me to hear that you like the new site. I have put MANY hours of thought and testing into this. So far I absolutely LOVE WordPress. Last night I was able to setup my Feedburner and Google Analytics in under 20 minutes thanks to some really slick WordPress Plugins.

    The site is still a work in progress in many areas. I am thinking of using Disqus as the commenting system. SolidSmack and SolidWorks Heard! have implemented it and loved it. I will probably give this one a little time to see how it pans out. Keep the comments coming.

  21. Josh August 1, 2008 at 10:07 pm -

    Hey Ricky, looks GREAT. love the colors and you did most the work with that car you did in the header! glad to have helped out man.

  22. Brian August 1, 2008 at 10:29 pm -

    Awesome site! Love the look, and the layout is nice and clean.

    Sending Somer the link to Christy's site.

  23. Ricky Jordan August 1, 2008 at 10:52 pm -

    I really appreciate all the comments by everyone. You don’t know how much it means to me to hear that you like the new site. I have put MANY hours of thought and testing into this. So far I absolutely LOVE WordPress. Last night I was able to setup my Feedburner and Google Analytics in under 20 minutes thanks to some really slick WordPress Plugins.

    The site is still a work in progress in many areas. I am thinking of using Disqus as the commenting system. SolidSmack and SolidWorks Heard! have implemented it and loved it. I will probably give this one a little time to see how it pans out. Keep the comments coming.

  24. Brian August 1, 2008 at 11:29 pm -

    Awesome site! Love the look, and the layout is nice and clean.

    Sending Somer the link to Christy’s site.

  25. Alex R. Ruiz August 2, 2008 at 12:03 am -

    I am ashamed to say that this is the first chance I have had to actually see the finished work. I should have come earlier, I am sorry buddy. The site looks awesome!

  26. Alex R. Ruiz August 2, 2008 at 1:03 am -

    I am ashamed to say that this is the first chance I have had to actually see the finished work. I should have come earlier, I am sorry buddy. The site looks awesome!

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