HTNet Changes: Moving Ahead

If you’re a regular visitor of HTNet, you’ll see that I’m now using a different theme. This is a theme I’ve started a few weeks ago, but I’ve only managed to properly develop it over the weekend. Please tell me what you think about it, and if you find anything broken or out of place do let me know as well. I primarily tested the layout using Firefox, and took a quick browse every now and then using IE. No other browsers were harmed in the process 😉

Anyway, the theme is only one part of the changes I’m making with HTNet. Another thing I’m changing about it is the way I categorise my posts. Right now I try to keep my posts related to categories I had created beforehand. The good thing about this is that I’m forcing myself to stick to a few key topics. The bad thing about it is that I’m forcing myself to stick to a few key topics. 😛

There were more than a few occassions where I badly wanted to write about something but found that I never posted about similar topics before and thus, don’t have the proper category to post it under. Yeah, I can create categories on the fly with WordPress, but the issue is that I didn’t think I’d write more posts that can be categorised there.

Now, I’m putting my foot down and decided to hell with a fixed set of post categories. I’ve changed the URL for my categories to be prefixed by /tag/, I think it’s about time I started taking them as tags more seriously. Being tags, I should be able to use them more liberally instead of still thinking of them as categorised boundaries to my writing. Since listing potentially hundreds of tags in the sidebar might grow from an minor aesthetic issue to a major irritant, I’m taking out the Categories sidebar item and list all my tags in a dedicated page.

Due to this change, I’m also taking putting into retirement a plugin I’ve used since a long time ago; Bunny’s Technorati Tags. The reasons for this are as follows:

  • I will be managing my own tags anyway, so it makes more sense to link them internally
  • Technorati will index links with the rel='tag' attribute anyway, regardless of where the link points to… at least I think it does
  • I don’t get much traffic from Technorati in the first place 😛

Hopefully the changes are part of a package that will make HTNet more semantic, navigable and interactive… at least that’s the plan 🙂

8 responses to “HTNet Changes: Moving Ahead”.

  1. Edrei Says:

    Technorati tags don’t just apply to Technorati, they apply everywhere including search engines, especially search engines actually. It’s alright to restrict yourself to a certain number of categories, but its better to broaden your tags to whatever you talk about.

    I personally have…well…a lot of tags in all my posts in total, but only the top 150 tags show up in a tag cloud. I do use the Ultimate Tag Warrior though because it’s also tied in to a lot of plugins at the same time and as I said its good to have individual tags show up on my posts, it helps the internal searches as well as the external ones.

    So far the theme works fine, but it’s a little bare for my tastes. Then again, I’m used to the more artistically practical blogs. But you know what they say, the less you put, the less likely things will go wrong. 🙂

  2. Edrei Says:

    I spoke too soon. I found a bug in your theme. You’re apparently using both SK2 and Bad Behavior. There is a bug that conflicts both of these plugins at the same time causing the headers to be sent more than once.

    Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/azmeen/public_html/wp-content/plugins/SK2/sk2_second_chance.php:2) in /home/azmeen/public_html/wp-content/plugins/Bad-Behavior/bad-behavior/screener.inc.php on line 8

    Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent (output started at /home/azmeen/public_html/wp-content/plugins/SK2/sk2_second_chance.php:2) in /home/azmeen/public_html/wp-content/plugins/pxsmail.php on line 2

    You might want to try deleting SK2 and using Bad Behavior only because I’m assuming you’re already using Akismet in conjunction with all the other spam plugins. Akismet is basically the same as SK2 anyway.

  3. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Hi Edrei,

    I really appreciate you taking the time to comment… and the tagtorial too 🙂

    As for the error you’ve mentioned, I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate on where, and if possible what was the last action you did that might be triggering it. I did try to post comments as a non-user a few times trying to replicate the error, but failing miserably so far. I think that it’s more of a bug in the plugins rather than the theme.

    Yes, I’m using both Bad Behavior along with SK2. No, I’m not using Akismet.

    I remember reading on Kamigorishi that you’re (or at least used to) using the same setup. Had you faced similar problems?

    Again, thank you Edrei for your feedback and bug report. I really appreciate it 🙂

  4. papajoneh Says:

    I’ve got nothing elaborate on the coding 😉 but i was quite surprise with your new theme. why?
    coz im used to the rounded edge of your green heading. honestly speaking.. the previous theme is more soothing. But i guess u just need to change. change is sometimes good. Now i see red in u. red means aggressive. now u aggressive, aren’t u, friend? 😉

  5. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Hi papajoneh,

    I’ve always had this thing with two specific colours; blue and green. Somehow, someway, these colours always creep into my projects.

    When I was messing with the colour scheme of this current design, I made damn sure that no shade of blue nor green will creep in the CSS.

    Anyway, as to your question; “Why?”. Because I can… and I had the main sample layout sitting on my hard disk for weeks doing nothing… and I wanted to delete it. The only way I can delete that sample layout was if I actually made a theme out of it 🙂

    As for this theme being “aggressive”… well, please remember that this theme is just undergoing public testing now. I’ve a feeling that it will continue to evolve for a while. I’m not really an artistic person, I try to incorporate functionality with prudence in bandwidth.

    If you want to see a really visually pleasing web site, you should really check out Edrei’s 🙂

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  7. Edrei Says:

    Yeah it is the bug of the plugins not your theme. I think because I commented on your system for a first time, it was flagged by bad behaviour and SK2 at the same time. I think this happens with first time commenters because it didn’t happen the second time for me.

    I had the same problem with double headers being set as well, mind you this was the earlier versions of SK2 and BB and BB then was a beta test I was working out with the writer of the plugin so I thought that it was a fluke then.

    If the problem doesn’t bother you since it only affects first time commenters, then go ahead with it. If not, then try switching to Akismet and BB or Akismet and SK2 which might be feasible.

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