A Fully Operational So Powered Productions – Tutorials Coming

At last, thanks to Joomla! and a lovely template courtesy of Joomlage.com, my website is beginning to reach its potential.  Already there’s much more on here than there was before, and I’m pretty sure it’s only the beginning.  This place really is the place to go for the latest information on Technically Heroic now that I have my trusty CMS at my command.

If you like what I’ve got, I can put CMS at your command as well.  I’m gearing up to do a tutorial series here on Joomla!, so if you would like to learn how to make your website cool like mine, check out my website, http://sopoweredproductions.com to get a sense of how powerful Content Management Systems can be (also, visit http://legacy.sopoweredproductions.com to compare and contrast with the old site).  Then watch for my tutorials!  You could even subscribe to the blog so when a new tutorial comes out, you’ll get notified!  Stay tuned.


Good-bye, Good Riddance!

You thought you were really clever, sending irrelevant, overly flattering comments to a rather boring blog.  You sent them from your multiple email addresses, then told your spammer buddies to do the same.  Now you can go sit in a corner and cry until you find another blog to molest.  So long, loser.  I’ve beaten you at last.

Okay, with that said, let’s dive into the meat of this post.

No, I’m not talking to you.  You’re probably a legitimate reader of blogs who may be feeling a bit insulted by my rant.  Hopefully, you aren’t about to leave my blog or leave a scathing comment.  Let me tell you what’s really happening here.

When I started my website, I installed WordPress.org for use as a place to post news updates.  For two months it sat somewhat undisturbed, with only a couple occasional spam comments.  Then, in November, they hit.

It started slowly, with one or two every couple of days trickling in, but then it picked up, to at least one every day in early December, then at least three every day.  Starting to get fed up with dealing with the notification emails, I moved posts from the website blog to this blog (see my earlier post).     I put up with it for a few more days, but today I’ve finally had enough.  As of right now, going to http://www.sopoweredproductions.com/blog will take you absolutely nowhere.  The directory no longer exists.  Take that, spammers!

So why am I telling you this?  What’s the lesson I’ve learned that I’m trying to share?  It is this: WordPress.com blogs have, built-in, the plug-in Askimet, a spam filter.  For free.  WordPress.org blogs do not have that plug-in – you’ll have to pay for it yourself.  While you’ll still receive spam, Askimet will filter it out so all you have to do is double-check the spam folder for real messages.  Without Askimet, you’ll have to look through all the spam and mark it as such.  Plus, you’ll receive email notification for every spam message you get.  Not so with Askimet.  So it really comes down to how much worthless mail you want in your inbox.  If, like me, you don’t want a bunch of spam showing up in your inbox, use WordPress.com for your website’s blog.  If you enjoy wasting time wading hip-high in spam… well, more power to you.

There, I made it through without unleashing a torrent of curses on spammers.

The Merge – How To Combine Blogs

Not that it’s very important, but I have just combined two of my blogs into one.  The blog at my website, SoPoweredProductions.com, was mainly used as a place to put news updates having to do with the site and my books.  Using WordPress’ import functions, I’ve successfully transferred posts from my website’s blog (which was a WordPress.org blog) to this blog.  The posts were placed in chronological order with the existing posts here.  Hopefully my subscribers weren’t bombarded with ‘new post’ messages (if so, sorry guys!).

The process really couldn’t have been easier.  If you’re moving WordPress to WordPress, simply use the Export function to download an export file to your computer from the blog you’re transferring from.  This will contain posts, comments, and pages.

Next, go to the blog you are moving content to and use the Import function.  It’s really that easy!  You’ll receive a confirmation email from WordPress when the import is finished.

Now, just so you know, WordPress can also import content from blogs on other sites (i.e., Blogger).  If you have friends with Blogger blogs, you might even use this fact to entice them over to WordPress, right? 😉

If you REALLY want to see working results, go ahead and scroll down my blog and go back to the oldest posts.  You’ll find posts from the old blog to prove that this actually works.  But again, it’s not really that important.  Hopefully this information comes in handy sometime!

Oh No! It’s the Writing Bug Again!

Image: Maggie Smith / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

As if I didn’t have enough creative ideas buzzing around in my head, a bus ride home from school yesterday spawned an idea for a brand new Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel.  Problem is, I’ve only just published the first book in my existing Fantasy trilogy.  I also manage this blog, manage So Powered Productions, use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and (soon) After Effects.  I’m also at school half of the day and I work part-time.  When will I have time to write something new?  I honestly don’t know.  All I can do right now is make notes in Notepad and save them someplace where I won’t forget about them.  Sometimes I think I have just too many hobbies and not enough time to follow them!