One could say that I’ve had a digital burr in the proverbial saddle lately. I’ve been doing some long overdue maintenance on my domains, necessary software upgrades to all of the WordPress-related components and WHM backend. I even (finally) updated my install of Enthusiast and upgraded my fanlistings collective site to PHP7x.
This included updating the coding on all of my fansites, removing a LOT of older custom coding, some now-broken MySQL scripting, and even removing one fanlisting altogether because I really did not want to re-write the damned thing: Arieluma. I mean, let’s face it, I am likely never ever going back to Aion ever again; and at this point I am all too happy to just let that fansite die. I had already had an idea for a new one for ages, and took a bit of time to sit down and flesh it out this weekend: WebRings. (more ringy dingies!)
Of course it’s still pending approval by TFL staffers, but I got time. I have a LOT of tweaking left to do!
Thankfully the Enthusiast script is being updated by an active developer, so that’s good for me. Without her help, I was ready to just dump the whole thing within the next 6 months. But it’s funny, while researching alternatives, I ran across a rather creative solution — using WordPress. Guilliean Pacheco posted an article a little while back called “How to Use WordPress to Manage Your Fanlisting Collective.” It’s very simple and a great alternative to the quickly shrinking staple of fansite/collection scripts that are suffering quiet deaths due to lack of interest/resources/attention/whatever.
It actually gives me a couple of ideas totally not related to fanlistings at all, but that’s another post for another time if I can get a POC going. :)
I’ll likely spend the rest of tonight tweaking a few things here or there, or perhaps start building out the rest of my collective. I have ideas to be fleshed out, just finding time to code them without a migraine is the current bump in the road.