Category Archives: 6 – Code Kitteh

Deals with the joys of hammering together a Wordpress based website. From coding to traffic management, I’ll touch on a little bit of everything here.

Re-Theming the World (of Marthacraft)

By | September 19, 2016
Blog Cascade

Blogs-That-Were

Much like spring cleaning theme changes are pretty much a way of life for me. I gone from Mystique to Boilerplate to Twenty Fourteen and now to Iconic One in search of a perfect format.

So far I’m liking Iconic One quite a bit, although one of the first things I had to do was tweak the white space and the font. I always try to make the stories easy on the eyes and Ubuntu is not the friendliest font. I’m keeping it for the headers, but it’s back to Lato for the body. *tinkers*

Of course this means I really should go back and make a proper Childtheme, so I don’t have to recustomize the blog every time there is an update, but… I might just go grab Simple Custom CSS instead.

Anywho, if you see anything misformatted or missing in the new template, please let me know! 🙂

Advertising, Rethinking Sidebars, and Other Fancy Stuff

By | March 17, 2016

Code Kitteh Icon 300x300

As always.. the Code Kitteh nometh and the blog evolves!

I’m back to tinkering around with the blog layout because a) it’s Spring and b) I haven’t done that in a bit. Which means proper Childtheme’ing, possibly playing around with some alternate layouts– all the normal shenanigans.

You may have noticed there are now a few Google AdSense adds scattered about the blog. The point is to have them there in case a useful add pops up (they do exist!), but not obnoxious enough that you want to stop reading. I’m still tweaking them so they don’t annoy me, and since I’m an AdBlock addict I figure I’m not a bad metric to use. 😉

Continue reading

The Day the Blog Turned Five…

By | June 23, 2015
Blog Cascade

Blogs-That-Were

Well technically the megablog turns five today, but the soul of this blog has been around for closer to ten years if you count all of it’s various incarnations.

I am still not really sure what I’m doing, but such is the way of most personal blogs. (Even if my blog makes the occasional stab at being something more professional.) We ramble, we shift topics and trends as the whim arises, we are mercurial folks with mercurial blogs and that isn’t such a bad thing.

Or at least it’s an amusing thing! (I hope)

Looking back over the 2,000+ posts of yesteryore there has been a lot of art, a lot of writing, and a lot of starting over in the hope that Being An Adult would get easier on the 18765723th try.

I was thinking of making another dramatic pronouncement of yet another Quest for The Holy Grail Adulthood, but then I thought better of it.

So in the grand tradition of Blogs-Written-By-This-Specific-Martha And-Not-Stewart-Or-Washington-Although-I-Doubt-Washington-Would Have-A-Blog-Hmm-I-Should-Google-That I shall continue to commit art and spin stories and have the best intentions of posting regularly (but probably fail)!

And someday, hopefully, I will write another post as Google magnetic as Making a 100% Silicone Caulk Mold or And the Number of the Counting Shall Be Six… maybe. 😉

Twenty Fourteen Theme Tweaking (aka Death to Whitespace!)

By | May 27, 2015
Twenty Fourteen Theme Default Look

Twenty Fourteen Theme Default Look

WordPress upgraded the other day and with 4.1 came upgrades to the themes. …And like a dummy I forgot I hadn’t made my changes in a childtheme, so I upgraded without making a backup of Stylesheet (style.css) and lost all my tweaks.

So I had to go back and hunt down the changes I made, saved here for posterity (and if anyone else needed them).

  • How to Resize the Content
  • How to Fix the Image Alignment Issues after Resizing the Content
  • How to Reduce the Whitespace in the Content

Continue reading

The Devil’s in the Details

By | November 24, 2014
Analytics Whoops!

Analytics Whoops!

In a moment of goofing off from NaNoWriMo I decided to take a look at what my website traffic has been doing since I turned off comments. I was hoping to thwart the spammers, which should have lead to a downturn… but not quite as drastic a one as I found.

Thankfully it was an obvious and easy fix.

When I swapped my theme from the Boilerplate to Twenty Fourteen I forgot to turn the Google Analytics plugin back on (I’d had it hardcoded into my custom header). So everything since November 8th is now a nice little dead zone in my reports.

With that hiccup, it looks like I’ll have to wait a little longer to see if there’s actually been a change. But on a good note, it means I can try and focus in on what sort of traffic I want to see and how to get it! *dusts off her researching tools*

 

DeTheming and other Fancy Things

By | November 6, 2014
Code Code Code

Code Code Code

As part of my push to simplify the blog I’ve decided to put aside my custom Boilerplate childtheme (due to the fact WordPress was stupid and I can’t get it updated easily anymore.)

Of course that also means I have to go back in and start either tweaking my site and content to fit the theme or the theme to fit me… I’m waffling a bit on which way to go. *pokes Twenty Fourteen*

For now I’m working on ‘tweak me to fit the theme’, but that may change.

In the meantime, apologies for the construction dust! 🙂

Turning off Blog Comments (or: Welcome to Spam-me-not!)

By | November 2, 2014
The Editing Chainsaw

The Editing Chainsaw

For every actual comment I get on this blog I get several thousand spam posts. Thanks to Akismet, Anti-Captcha, and Bad Behavior most of them never make it farther than the spam folder. But over the last year I’ve seen a massive spike in these failed attempts and the amount of actual comments has trailed off.

So I’m turning comments off and we’ll see how it goes. I’m still reachable by all the normal methods (email, Facebook, Google+, etc.), so I don’t think it will hurt. *pokes blog thoughtfully*

But at least I’m in good company

De-Categorizing the Blog

By | October 8, 2014
The Editing Chainsaw

The Editing Chainsaw

The first day of the Intentional Blogging Challenge was today and our assignment was to write (or rewrite) our About Me pages.

The last time I touched mine was back in 2010, so the old version definitely needed some tweaking. It still mentioned the Mega-blog that I created when I rolled everything back into the Martha.net domain and the ongoing construction (that to be honest is always ongoing).

I’ve been meaning to do away with the Subblogs for a while now and rewriting the About Page (aka Mission Statement) was a good way to sort out my priorities. At least beyond the basic: See Horses, Read Stories, Learn Things mantra. Continue reading

One Post Forward, Two Posts Back

By | August 10, 2014
Old Plans, New Wars

Old Plans, New Wars

I now have over thirty posts in the Draft folder again… and nothing has made it out of that event horizon save Saturday Story Prompts.

They are all still proto-posts, full of rough ideas and a few pictures, but nothing that’s ready to see the light of day. Which means it’s probably time to sit down and start getting serious about the blog again. *rolls up sleeves*

Continue reading

Rough Outlines of the Blog-to-come

By | January 24, 2014
Editing Chainsaw

Vroom!

January has been a chaotic month, but things are starting to settle down again and I can get moving on some of the major projects for this year!

As I’ve mentioned before, 2014 brings with it the complete overhaul of the blog’s design. I’m transitioning from the multi-threaded blog that was the site’s rebirth in 2010 and focusing more on producing and organizing content that people find useful/interesting. There will still be all of the Horse/Warcraft/Writing/Business goodness there was before, this time it will be easier to find. 😉

I’m sticking with the Boilerplate theme as my base, since I’m not quite up to maintaining my own full-theme but I’m getting vicious with the edits I’m making to the childtheme. Continue reading

Of Phones, Tablets, and other WordPress Woes

By | December 24, 2013
Code Code Code

Code Code Code

My site currently sucks on anything that’s not a ‘traditional’ screen size as Screenfly has now made painfully clear.

As a quick fix I’m trying out WPTouch, which is a plugin for WordPress that seems to be working as a pretty decent band-aid. It’s not as pretty as I’d like, but it will do for now.

For later… well, it looks like I’m going to have to sit down and really learn how to code websites next year. I’ve already made it one of my New Year’s Resolutions, I’m just at a bit of a loss where to start, there’s a LOT that needs coding, even before I add in the mobile designs.

The Three To-Do’s

I need to design a gallery layout in which people can See Horses and filter for the horses they want to see. Filter by year, by scale, my mold, by color, etc.

I need to design a bookshelf/archive layout in which people can Read Stories… and filter for the stories they want to see. Genre, Length, Universe, Warnings, etc.

Then I need a layout for Learn Stuff, which will most likely be a combination of the other two. Lots of pictures (like the horses) and lots of reading (like the stories). *pokes rough sketches*

On a high note, I’ll be posting whatever I do design/code for free, so if there are other See Horses, Read Stories, Learn Stuff websites out there just trying to fit into a theme, they will finally find one! (On a down note, I have no idea how much maintenance work goes into themes beyond ‘here you go, try this!’ Hmmm…)

Rebuilding a Website (or: See Horses, Read Stories, Learn Stuff)

By | December 5, 2013
Editing Chainsaw

Vroom!

I’m undertaking a big project this month, although most of the change will happen slowly, at some point there will be a dramatic shift in the design of this blog. Why? Because I’ve realized this web-home exists for three reasons: See Horses, Read Stories, Learn Stuff.

Right now the design of this blog is really all about my own ability to find things I’ve archived in the posts.

Want to know how many colors I’ve painted Breyer G2 Scrambling Foals? There a category for that.

Want to see how many blue horses I’ve painted? Oh look, there a tag for that!

How about monthly accounting posts from 2012’s small business adventures? Have a tag.

Or learning how to play World of Warcraft on a treadmill? CATEGORIES AWAY!

Soooooo, yeah. I am relatively certain no one uses an of these nice shiny ways to hop around the blog other than me (if Google is to be believed). Which means it’s time to pare things down to the three core reasons anyone would stop by these hallowed halls.

So for 2014, it’s going to be a bit easier to See Horses, Read Stories, and Learn Stuff.

Converting Images to CSS Sprites

By | January 18, 2013

Google Page Speed Report 01-16-2013

I’ve been on a speed kick lately with the site, trying to find ways to make it load faster while keeping the same functionality. I started out by turning off all the plugins I wasn’t using, replacing dynamic widgets with static images… and finally by looking at the Google Page Speed Report and following the recommendations.

The easiest one (at least in theory) was “Combine images into CSS sprites” which meant dumping all of the commonly used images into one PNG file and then using CSS background-image and background-position instead of IMG calls. Continue reading

Renaming the Subblogs

By | December 28, 2012

Custom-Models.com

Custom-Models.com and Martha.net have been less than inspiring subblog names, but I’ve been dragging my feet on getting them fixed. Since the new year is just around the corner, it’s time to wipe the slate clean-ish!

So Custom-Models.com is now Hue Askew Horses and Martha.net is now Code Kitteh.

Martha.net

The logo for Hue Askew is going to remain as the paintbrush-wielding Puff, but there’s new logo into the works for Code Kitteh. (Because lo, I am tired of the giant M.) With luck I’ll have it up Saturday, depending on how bad my drawing skills have gotten over the years. *crosses fingers*

There will also be a bit of a site redesign when the category names change, but I should have the forwarding worked out so that it all updates seamlessly. *crosses toes*

See you on the other side! 😉

Landing Page Redesign(ish)

By | November 29, 2012
Editing Chainsaw

Vroom!

I’ve been musing over it for a bit now and finally decided to swap the Index page for the blog back over to a list of the seven most recent posts.

Originally I had it split out so that visitors could see at a glance if the subblog they were interested in had been updated– but honestly the traffic seems to come in to the most recent post (via a RSS link) or to a specific page/post via search or signature link.

Traffic has dwindled a bit over the course of National Novel Wiriting Month so I figure now’s a good a time as any to get things back on track. *rolls up sleeves*