Quick Test

Submitted by C B Wright on

Don't mind me. This is just a quick test to make sure various doodads are working properly. If this behaves as expected it should only show up in the site news area and shouldn't be posted till around 9:00 AM EST.

Welcome back. Look out for trap doors and falling debris.

Submitted by C B Wright on

On Friday night Eviscerati.net, Ubersoft.net and UnexploredHorizons.net went dark. Tonight (Sunday, 29 January, 11:30-ish PM EST) Eviscerati.Org takes its place. In theory, now that I only have one website to manage instead of three, it should be a lot easier to keep track of everything. It's certainly a lot more streamlined--the database lost 30megs just from removing all the "let's try to duct tape three websites together" stuff, and there's still unused cruft sitting around.

Still, there are probably going to be some issues I missed that you will run into, trip over, and nearly blind yourself on.

Website Update Update... Update

Submitted by C B Wright on

Well! It sure is easier to consolidate three websites when you're not also trying to upgrade your CMS.

The integration is going very well over in my test area.

I have an almost 100% functional dummy site on my laptop that is showing everything its supposed to. Now I'm just trying to figure out how to clean everything up so there's not a bunch of useless junk sitting in the database.

This means I may actually try switching the site over this weekend.

Website Update Update

Submitted by C B Wright on

Those of you who follow me on Twitter already know that my initial work on updating this site from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 has been... problematic.

The crux of the problem is this: my site relies very, very heavily on a module called Content Templates, which allows me to customize various content types Drupal uses so that I can do things like create context-sensitive menus (i.e., only show a menu for Help Desk when you're viewing a Help Desk comic) and add things I think are missing (i.e., provide navigation links to the top as well as the bottom of a node using the book content type).

I have an add-on for Drupal 6 that lets me track how many of my modules are actually supported by Drupal 7. Content Templates listed as supported, and the add-on even provided a link where I can download the Drupal 7 version...

... which meant I never actually visited the add-on page, where it was announced that Content Templates was essentially abandoned after a few developers releases because D7 changed the way it rendered pages and Content Templates no longer worked.

A Fair Warning: Radical Changes to My Website(s) Coming in 2012

Submitted by C B Wright on

A little background information is in order.

I have an unfortunate tendency to over-segment the things I do. It's actually useful in my day job (technical writer) but in my internet-facing life it's made it harder to manage everything I want to manage.

I started out creating a web comic in 1996, moved to my own website in 1999. Joined Keenspot shortly thereafter... so when I wanted to talk about other things, well, the web comic wasn't really relevant, exactly, so I purchased the eviscerati.org domain and started posting there. But -- I know this is going to sound stupid, but it's the absolute truth -- having to maintain two sites wound up being really, really annoying.

I left Keenspot and started running my own site again in 2007, and tried to find ways to integrate Eviscerati.org and Ubersoft.net as much as possible -- which led to EvisceratiNet, two web sites running on a single back-end database and a single installation of Drupal. This was still difficult to manage, especially when I was having trouble updating daily on ubersoft.net (for many reasons. We all know I'm infamous for it).

Then in 2010 I decided I wanted to start publishing fiction, so I bought the unexploredhorizons domains and set up a third site on the EvisceratiNet collection. Now things were extremely confusing (despite some pretty ingenious methods I've used to mitigate that confusion).

Long story short, this setup isn't working. I need a single, unified site that I can use to publish everything I do... but it also needs to be organized in such a fashion that you, my readers, can find what you're looking for. So, after the break, I'm going to give you my plan for re-engineering my website(s) in 2012: