Monthly Archives: April 2010

New Reviews

And now reviews, http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/, is WordPressed. This is of course just a variation of the News blog, using the same basic layout to match the site design, but this blog, like the Perspectives blog (yet to be Converted), synchronizes the right sidebar to the posts, rather than retaining a fixed sidebar; this entails more jiggery pokery of CSS divs that you might imagine. It seems to be working in all five of the browsers I have installed, though some details have yet to be polished — ignore the truncated left sidebar! — but at least I got Lois’ latest posted.

Two down (or three, if you count *this* blog), two to go.

New News

The Locus Online News blog, www.locusmag.com/News/, is now WordPressed. The success of this transition (from Blogger) will be the extent to which no one notices. I spent this past week, off and on, tweaking the layout of the newly created WP blog to reproduce the format and layout of the earlier blog, with only a couple refinements and additions along the way, and today copied the trial blog into the /News/ directory, deleting the old index.html page in favor of the WP-generated index.php page.

What I decided not to do was to actually migrate the old blog posts into WordPress. The posts already reside on our site, so migration wasn’t necessary for that reason. The only reason for doing so would be to allow category and tag entries to apply to all posts past and present, but the difficulty would be hacking WP to reproduce exactly the URLs for all of the old posts, which WP does not necessarily do in the same way Blogger did (though I found a setting in WP to do it very similarly). Safer, and easier, to let the old posts stand, so as not to break anyone’s links to those pages, and live without comprehensive tagging. Content from all those posts can still be found via the site’s search function.

Next will be setting up WP blogs for the other Locus Online blogs — Roundtable, Reviews, Perspectives. And then catch up on site content, which has been neglected in recent weeks (monitor listings, and so forth). And when all that’s done, maybe I’ll have time to read a book or two again.

Blog Migration

Today I am building a Word Press version of my personal blog, Views from Medina Road, in the process re-hosting it away from Blogger (.blogspot) and onto our own locusmag.com server. If you’re reading this, what you’re seeing is a first approximation at retaining the design of the original, which is still at http://locusmag.blogspot.com/. I’ll continue to refine this design, though my immediate priority is learning how to navigate Word Press and deal with its settings so that I can migrate the Locus News blog and the other Locus blogs before Blogger’s FTP support gives up the ghost entirely. (It’s already undependable.)

Migration

Locusmag.com migrated to a new server today, which is why you may have tried to view the site, early this afternoon west coast time, and seen a fragmentary homepage. The specific problem there was, the new server didn’t have the php scripts for displaying the news feed loaded, and the php tags broke the html structure of the rest of the page…

Moving to the new server is roughly like upgrading the server’s operating system, and we did this to enable installation of Word Press, with which we plan to host the various blogs, including News, Reviews, and Roundtable, currently run via Blogger, which is abandoning FTP support by the end of the month.

The new server’s control panel also provides some new features that I’ll be exploring. But the next, immediate, task is to install Word Press and see about migrating the Blogger blogs. More on that soon.

Infrastructure Note

There is now a separate Index to Magazine Reviews, including all the magazine and webzine issues reviewed by Lois Tilton in her new column, as well as a handful of magazines covered in reviews run on the website in the early 2000s by Rich Horton, Michael Swanwick, and others. This index will, of course, be updated each time we post a new column from Lois.

References to Lois’s reviews are also now included in the 2010 Magazine Directory, which otherwise compiles references to reviews in Locus Magazine, and descriptions in Locus Online’s ‘Other Magazines’ pages.