Welcome to the New-Look Stoa!

Welcome to the second incarnation of the Virtual Stoa.

I’ve finally left Blogger, after five-and-a-half years, not because it was irritating me, as it has irritated so many thousands of other bloggers in the past, but for a couple of other reasons. First, the old Enetation comments system that I’d been using was running very slowly indeed; and, second, I was approaching the limit of my quota of disk space on the Oxford University server, and would have had to do something before too long, anyway. I could have just republished the whole thing on blogspot.com, I suppose, and enabled the Blogger comments system, but instead I’ve decided, at long last, to experiment with a different software package for running these pages, and WordPress was the one that everyone I spoke to seemed to recommend.

I hope the transition is a reasonably smooth one. It’s going to be far too much work to move all the discussions from the old comments sections over to this site, I’m afraid, so if you’re weird enough to want to spend your time reading old Stoa comments threads, you’ll have to do it back at the old site, and you’ll just have to put up with slow-opening comments-boxes.

But I have imported the old posts to this site, to create the illusion of continuity, and I’ll tidy up these archives a bit in the days and weeks to come. (If you scratch around in them, you’ll see that the bulk of the posts have numbers instead of titles attached to them, and the foreign diacriticals have gone haywire.)

Thanks a lot to all the bloggers I emailed over the last few days with technical questions of one kind or another: I hope I wasn’t too troublesome, and the advice you all gave has been extremely valuable in helping me get my bearings in the adjustment to post-2001 blogging technology. (You know who you are.)

I expect I’ll be fiddling with the site design a bit, so don’t worry if the appearance wobbles around a bit from day to day. I’m quite pleased with this general look (or ‘theme’, as WordPress insists on calling it), but do drop me a note if it looks ghastly on whatever browser you’re using to view the site.

0 thoughts on “Welcome to the New-Look Stoa!”

  1. It should be up there — it’s displayed in small white letters under the larger “The Virtual Stoa” at the top of the page..

    … unless it doesn’t come out on some machines & browsers…

  2. Looks like you’ve done the same thing as me at the same time; transition and importing was a lot easier than I thought as well, which is good.

    Second Jo about the appearance of the input fields, a quirk of the theme I guess?

  3. Welcome to WordPress, Chris – it’s fine but for two things: one, it’s bloody well pink, and two, there still aren’t any posts specifically about football.

    The old comments did put me off commenting, which was probably no bad thing, but in any event, these are much quicker.

  4. Thanks for the replies, people.

    I’ve fiddled with the style sheet, and I hope I’ve managed to turn off the capitalisation of stuff entered into various boxes. (This is prudent, after all: we know that the capitalists will be first up against the wall when the revolution comes.) Let me know if this isn’t working, or alternatively if the bits of code I’ve struck out have screwed up the whole site.

    On your two points, James: I quite like the pinkness, though part of me wants to have the text appearing on a plain white background, as before. What do other people think? On football, please note that Oxford United are at the top of the, um, Conference.

  5. “…we know that the capitalists will be first up against the wall when the revolution comes.”

    I cannot believe you actually made this joke. Be ashamed!

  6. Pink is nice and cheerful, I think, but why does a lot of the site look as if you’re writing on gray-ish lined paper and not keeping the writing on the lines?
    Or have I just turned up when you’re fiddling about with the background?

  7. “I quite like the pinkness, though part of me wants to have the text appearing on a plain white background, as before”

    A dyslexic friend of mine finds stuff a lot easier to read if it’s on a pink background, if you want some worthy-sounding justification for sticking with pink. Or just say you’re being secure in your masculinity.

  8. Our uni newspaper had a dyslexia-friendly edition on yellow paper. Unfortunately, it was Sex-Pistols-album-cover yellow, not nice kind inoffensive yellow. OW.

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