Posts Tagged Windows Live
I’ve been “um’ing and er’ing” about the move of my blog from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress. I’m pretty certain that the move is for best from my personal perspective.
Windows Live Spaces was the place started blogging. So, there is a degree of sentimentality about the passing of a site where I learned a bit about blogging and “living part of my life in the internet”. But, there were a couple of things which happened on Windows Live Spaces which started to “switch me off’ blogging, and the service. These things included:
- Killing the traffic statistics. There was a bit of a “storm” of protest about the Windows Live Team, removing that facility. For me, it was one of the points of interest for me that I was getting readers to my site, and one of the underlying motivation for blogging in general.
- Comment Spam. I received a couple of doses of that over the years I was on Live Spaces. It was “a bit annoying”, but not a real big problem. It was a bit of a “problem” to find at times. I guess that being from Microsoft Window Live was a bigger target on the spammer ”hit list”
- Layout. Windows Live Spaces had things which seemed to be tucked away in “funny places”. Navigation around Windows Live did take “lots of trial and error”.
WordPress A Move for the Better?
All things considered I think so. It is nice to move to a blogging platform with following features:
- Traffic Statistics. These are a source of inspiration for a “blogger like me”. So, having traffic statistics again does provide encouragement to my blogging efforts again.
- A logical, menu based, site layout. This site really works, the layout of the features is “pretty good” (not perfect, but then nothing in IT ever is). I’ve not been in a quandary about to find options (most of the time), or wondering about how I found that option last time.
Also, just settling in WordPress does “feel” welcoming. I’ve been reading some of the posts about moving to WordPress from Windows Live, and the efforts of the community, and site hosts, do make moving into a new “neighbourhood” much less “painful”. The following are just some of links of information about blogging on WordPress and information for those (like me) making the migration from Windows Live Spaces:
- Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers to WordPress.com
- Help and Tips for Windows Live Spaces Bloggers: Modules, Albums, Widgets, and Lists
- Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers
What Will I Miss From Windows Live Spaces Blogging
There are a couple of things from the Windows Live Spaces Blogging which I will miss (and this is by no means an exhaustive list, only what I’ve found thus far). These features include:
- Lists of Books, linking to Amazon for the cover art, and details. This was something which I did enjoy having. It added a bit of “colour” to the blog layout, and was a very useful piece of functionality.
- An Internet Explorer, Blog This on Windows Live Spaces, accelerator. It would do a bit of “magic” and create a new blog post with a link back to the article. It was handy for both, blogging about something which I found on the net, and for creating links to pages on the net (much quicker than copy and post the URL, the Title, and a Quote (if you wanted that as well). I’ll have to have a read up on creating accelerators for IE, then I’ll decide if I want to create one.
- A Windows Live Writer’s good integration with the Blogging host. Ok, I’ve just installed 2011, and there are could be much better integration with the features of WordPress (tags in particular).
I have spent a couple of hours of mucking around with the settings on this site. Now, I think I have sorted out most of the options I want to have in this blog (for now, as always the editor reserves the right to correct, modify, or just plain fiddle about), with a look and feel which is reasonable.
There is one big feature from the Windows Live Blog which is missing WordPress. This feature was the is the list option. On the Windows Live Blog I had lists of books which I was reading, or had read. These lists were looking up the cover art from Amazon, and would link to the book on Amazon. I’ll have to have a think about how to implement on this site. It will be a case of out with the “roll your own HTML”, maybe I’ll need to have some script as well (if one can embed script in the HTML on this site – further research has shown that script is not allowed, so I’ll have to stick with “vanilla HTML”). The basic HTML is not too hard, just an
<img src="" alt="" > tag with the correct URL and other bits of navigation. Doing the same for CD’s would be interesting as well. Finding a site of CD cover art would be the “tricky bit”, the one that Windows Media Player uses would be a good starting point.
After some fiddling about with HTML, Amazon and W3Schools I think I have something which will work for books. I still need to test it this solution on WordPress from within my blog. That testing will come in the next couple of days. The interesting next step will be to see if I can get something working for CD’s, and then DVD’s after that. Amazon may be a source for the CD’s, but I’ve yet to explore that, and the breadth of the CD selections on Amazon.
It looks like I’ve made the move to WordPress from Windows Live.
I must admit that Windows Live sort of turned me off blogging when they updated the site, and remove the traffic statistics. That really was a a blow to my blogging “inspiration”! So, now Microsoft in their “collective wisdom” have decided to surrender the ground in the blogging space to WordPress, and enable bloggers to move their blogs to WordPress.
So, here I am. Hopefully the migration to WordPress will provide some impetus to blogging efforts. Certainly, having reading statistics back will help.
Now, I need to sort out a colour scheme for this blog. My first choice may not be that “reader friendly”. The black/grey scheme is not a “high contrast” view. So, back to the “pick a theme screens”, again!
Well, one discovery when putting this post together, hierarchical categories. This is a big step forwards! I like having that flexibility! Now, another feature to lean how to effectively use.