Posts by chuq

Working Notes: Fitting out a WordPress Site

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015

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WordPress is a good CMS, but a default installation rarely does everything you want and need. Making it look good — themes To fix that, you need to write or acquire a theme, which defines the look and feel of the site. The current version of WordPress comes with a number of pre-installed themes and the quality and configurability of those themes has improved massively from a few years back and they’re well worth experimenting with if you’re just starting out. It doesn’t take long to move beyond that — there’s a massive ecosystem of themes available for...

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The Philosophy of using both a Gallery and Portfolio site

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015

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Continuing the thought started in the last set of working notes, here’s my thinking behind why I want both a Photoshelter (aka my “portfolio” site at photo.chuqui.com) and a more casual gallery setup (at “galleries.chuqui.com” and based on WordPress, Photocrati and NextGen). Why do I separate these photos? Because I want my portfolio of images to represent the images I’m proud of, not just the ones I’ve taken. Most “serious” or pro photographers do this to some degree or another, and it’s why my SmugMug site only has a subset of all...

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Working Notes: Lightroom web galleries (my eyes. they burn)

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015

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Okay, spent a few hours looking into lightroom web galleries to solve the “move stuff off Flickr” task. As Steve Martin once said, “Comedy is not pretty”. In fact, it’s pretty sad. Web galleries as distributed by Adobe  are pretty simplistic and not very useful. They’re okay for basic usage, like posting a set of images from vacation to share with the family, but that’s about it. They also seem effectively unchanged since around LightRoom 3, so they clearly aren’t an Adobe enhancement priority. I went looking for third party alternatives. I...

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Working Notes: Attack Order

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015

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For those interested in following along, I’ve created a new blog category specifically for this redesign. For those who don’t want to follow along, this will act as a metadata tag you might be able to use to know to avoid these… My online presence is rather complex when you pull together all of the pieces (have you thought about all of your public touch points and how they work together (or don’t?)) — the main blog (hosted wordpress), SmugMug (my portfolio site), Flickr (my casual/social photography site), email lists (Mailchimp), Twitter, Google+, Linkedin. And...

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chuqui.com in 2014: Site in Review and Lessons Learned

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015

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The end of 2014 is a good time to take a step back, look at how the things you do have moved forward (or not), and decide what needs to be changed (if anything). I’ve already decided to redesign my online sites in 2015, but there’s a lot to learn from the existing site that can guide those changes and help me how to better help people find the content they’re looking for here. In 2014, 47,000 people views 80,000 pages on my blog. Thank you to each and every reader for taking the time to visit. Users were up 50% from 2013, and pageviews up 33%. 77% of the audience is U.S....

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