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Reboot successful!

25 March 2011
Posted in: Tech, Web design, Writeside | 5 Comments

Hallelujah! Finally managed to redesign Writeside.net. It was many years coming, thus the theme is named “Belated”. It’s based on an old design of mine. (To be honest, the theme was looking much better while I was designing it; it’s lost its charm after all the hard work and sleepless nights.)

Extensive changes have taken place, and there might be more to come. The most significant is that the entire site now runs on WordPress. I’m still unsure if I will keep the different navigations in the “static” part of the site and the blog. So far I’m agreeing with Niklas that it doesn’t make much sense to have most of the links disappearing when you go into the blog. (UPDATE: The main nav is now constant across the site.)

The erstwhile Books section has also been integrated into WordPress. I’m still in the process of entering the reviews.


Link sharers, if you happen to read, this, please note:

If you’re linking only my blog, please change writeside.net/blog to writeside.net/writers-log

The old URL will now return a 404 error. I will be getting in touch with all of you individually sooner or later. 🙂

Too sleepy to be making much more sense. Suggestions and feedback will be most helpful.


  1. Gravatars are now working.
  2. If a post has no comments, you now see “Be the first to comment” instead of the unwelcoming “No comments” (thanks, Niklas).
  3. Nested comments have been enabled.

I just realized, the blog will be FULL of broken links. 🙁 I don’t know how to fix that except take them up as they come along. Hopefully people getting a 404 will use the form on that page to get back to me.

Update v.2

Now we have different headers for different pages/sections of the site. 🙂

Update v.3

CAPTCHA for the comments form. Phew. The spam was driving me nuts!



Decisions, decisions…

11 March 2011
Posted in: Scratchpad, Tech, Web design, Writeside | 3 Comments

The finishing touches to Writeside.net’s new design are now being worked out, so we might say we’re on the home stretch.

This belated redesign is based on one of my open source Web designs, called “32 Not Out”. Here’s the original, but you’ll have to wait to see Writeside.net’s avatar.




A revolution is under way

24 February 2011
Posted in: Scratchpad, Web design, Writeside | 4 Comments

… at Writeside.net. It will be bloodless, but expect plenty of changes, both superficial and under the skin.

To start with, I’m working on a long-overdue redesign. Second, I’m also working on moving the entire site, along with the Books section, to WordPress. The latter will be a long and tedious project. Sigh.

Finally, the Halvard Castle site will see some changes as well, though am not sure yet what those will be.

Wish us luck!



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