Working the Angle

I’m building up the site at the moment. Trying to figure out what to put here, what to put on Darkscribes.org and just basically working on the giant todo list that is my web development for these two pages. I’ve Got a lot of stuff to do all said and done as I work on these things. One of those things is the ever present specter of content migration from the purgatory of the old database into the on display Drupal site. Strangely enough getting everything functioning with regards to creating from scratch is easy, it’s getting the old stuff in that is hard.

It’s another reason I am seriously considering moving DhampirDreams.com back over to Drupal. I’ve got a ton of work already don on DS that I can just for all intents and purposes drop in here and create a site from, then do a wordpress migrate into the site. However I’m not sure that is a good idea or not yet.

I actually am considering trying to build DD as a Drupal 8 dev site as that is looking to be a very good build to work from. I like the direction the Drupal maintainers have went with it but I’m still at a loss on what to do with it all. Probably should spend less time thinking of features and more time writing stories and articles all around honestly.

Here is the ToDo for Everything.

  1. Migrate legacy content into Darkscribes.org
  2. Create User specific views of content for Profiles.
  3. Build Group specific views of content
  4. Find a way to add social media to Darkscribes/Drupal without too much mess.

It’s not a big list I know, but it’s a bear to actually do. The Legacy content is very different in structure from Drupal. User views take a bit to get just right and it’s just as much of a bear with group views. And don’t get me started on the pain and agony of Social media.

I also have to get back to writing, adding content as I go and getting things working. I’m hoping to eventually at least be able to add a piece of content to both DS and DD at least Daily in some way shape or form. I’m not sure if it will matter long term but that is the short term hope. I also want to add an Op-Ed or other featured piece of content to both sites Weekly.

Well, I’m just going to go back to work on this.

Laters.

Differences in Philosiphies

I’m sitting here in Starbucks thinking about what to work on and I get to thinking about the differences in design ideas. I’m working more stuff on Darkscribes at this time so that’s my main focus, getting the legacy content into the system. I’m going to keep working that a lot in the next week but this time I think I have a good handle on what I need to do.

Being back on WordPress though has given me a chance to compare and contrast. Part of the reason I went Drupal in the first place was because it made it, for me at least, easier to create and organize content into structured stories, books, and generate what I needed as I went. Though it made things like sharing to social media sites a bit more hands on. WordPress however makes straight up blogging much easier. This can not be stressed enough. As a blog it is easier for me at least to deal with. However I find myself wondering about structured content. I’m going to want to add original work to this site eventually, however I don’t see how this will work out as easily for me on here as it is on Drupal.

One WordPress everything not a post is a page. I create a page of content and it becomes part of the site. no content types, modifications, or organization. Just pages and post. I suppose for most this is a preferable setup. I’m not sure I agree. I’ll keep working on it, maybe try and recover some older stuff but right now this is what I have.

On Drupal however I could create content types, views, event calendars with maybe a new bit or something. It’s a powerful cms due to how everything is built. However it’s a bit more difficult to setup, import, and stage a site. Themeing is also a bear at times due to the setup and everything. But the power of the product is unmistakable.

I’ll use WordPress for now, construct the site, and see what I come up with as I do. I’ll make my pages and add my stories here. But something tells me I’m going to eventually end up back on Drupal for Dhampir Dreams.

Back to WordPress

I’ve decided that Dhampir Dreams could be best served by being a wordpress based site. It’s light weight and has plenty of plugins for me to use, while not having the needs Darkscribes and other sites do for the community features of Drupal. I’m hoping also to get back to using this stack mostly so I can at minimum enjoy some kind of changes over time. Dhampir Dreams is really my place to be a bit… different then when I’m working on DS. I don’t need to make everything usable for everyone, I can live with what I have here.

So I’ll keep working on DS and this will be my easier site to mess with mostly.