Conch for HD

This is a quick illustration I made for my wife. She works at The Home Depot and will be going to a training soon. You see, it’s kind of a tradition to represent your store wherever you go. The way they do it is by placing a design over their iconic orange apron. Because she will be representing Key West, FL we choose a conch as the main design. The flowers (4 of them) represent her and the other 3 girls that are going on the trip. The number is the store ID of the store and of course, where the store is located.

Hello world! For the [insert a number] time.

So, it looks like my old blog posts are a little bit lost while transitioning from Joomla to WordPress. I’m not sure if I’m even going to keep (better said start) blogging in this page. I’ve never been able to keep a blog the way you are supposed to keep it. In reality, I’ve never been in a position where a blog is the way to go.

I will be moving soon and starting a new business. A business that needs constant updates for it’s clients. That will be my blog. Here, I guess, I might only post stuff as a portfolio… Or I might take the whole blog down. I don’t know…

Stay tuned?

So I’m a veteran.

Today I’m officially out of the United States Coast Guard. It’s been five years since I decided to abandon everything and serve my country.

What now?
I am starting a new “day job” and I’m looking forward to learning a lot from it. I’ve been calling Florida home for a little over a year, so I don’t forsee moving away yet.

What’s next?
The Internet is a fast and ever expanding. A lot has changed in five years. I will have to re-learn a lot, and get in touch with the new trends. Is going to be challenging. I’m looking into some study options, maybe using my GI Bill and go back to college.

In conclusion, there is a challenging adventure awaiting. Let’s see how it goes.

WordPress Log 03 – Template

I’ve been playing around with WordPress for a week now, and I have to say: I like it.

I’ve been working with responsive PHP5, HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery for my new website template. Like always, I created my template in a single page and then I will adapt it into the template system of WordPress. It’s easier for me if I have all the code in  a single place at first.

I’ve also been editing my custom font (BlackHole Sans) to make it lighter by removing all the glyphs that I’m never going to use, leaving just the basic Latin, and Spanish letters. At the same time I’m adding some icons to the font to be used around the site, mostly in menus and navigation. I’ll talk more about that in the future.

I’ve lost some time working on other projects that I have going on, and of course, I’ve also been resting from my last voyage this week. Still, the template is almost complete. I am very excited about it and I cannot wait to make my new website live.

WordPress Log 02 – Install

Today I installed WordPress on my test server. It was fast.  I was actually impressed. Not that Joomla is not easy too, but WordPress definitely won. I liked that the installer is responsive, so I actually did the whole process from my tablet, just for fun.

I liked that you can download and install plug-ins from the same place (like Joomla). Now,  one thing I was not expecting was to be able to download templates from the same place. I’m probably not going to use it as much,  but I bet that if you are starting a website this feature is superb.

Another feature that I’m really enjoying a lot is the mobile app. In fact, I’m writing from it right now. Of course, this is another thing that I cannot do while I’m out at sea, but it’s nice to have while I’m on dry land. Besides, I could always write from my phone/tablet and then upload the articles as soon as I have Internet. Now, I did not like that the WYSIWYG does not have any other attributes other than href. This is not good for SEO. I guess I could go back to the articles later or add them by hand.

But yet, there is one feature that I can use while I’m out at sea. It’s the standalone post submission form. Why I like it? Well, the number one problem with writing a blog while I’m at sea us that the Internet really really sucks so loading any CMS just to write an article might some times take several minutes. With WordPress I can go directly to the article posting page. They even give me a link and a bookmarklet! Yeah, I’m pretty happy with it.

And this takes me to the next topic, being able to use my email to submit an article to my website. Sometimes the Internet is so slow at sea that not even Google loads. But there’s a workaround: email. I think that is really nice that this is featured out of the box in WordPress. Back in Joomla I would have to buy an extension to do this. I am yet to test this feature.

I’m going to star working on a template and let’s see when can I publish this website to my live website.

WordPress Log 01 – The Switch

Today I decided to switch from Joomla to WordPress. I’ve been using Joomla for a few years now. Back when I started using this CMS, it was pretty much equal to the then blogging focused WordPress. For a long time I debated with myself about which platform should I use for my website. The reason why I went with Joomla back then, believe it or not, was because I liked the way the template system worked better than WordPress. I found it easier to go from one HTML template to the CMS template because it is actually a single file. I still think this way is better than making the header, footer, and other parts and saving them in different files. Oh well, I’ll get used to it.

So the reason why I’m going with WordPress after all this year’s is simple. It is what’s in. If I want to be able to compete in the world I’ll have to know WordPress. It’s like the Apple products the CMS world, note that I am not an Apple user. Joomla is slowly fading away, sad.

I am underway (out at sea) so for now all I’ll do is read a book I downloaded on my last port visit. Whenever I get home I will download and install WordPress in my test server. Let’s see how it goes.