International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)

2009/10/05

Change needed

Filed under: randomness — stepanovich @ 00:49

OK, here’s the thing: I’ve been blogging here for somewhat more than a year, and while I like WordPress, I can’t help feeling that it takes a long time to merely post a blog entry — the log-in/log-out, the dashboard, and the blog post editor (well, especially the editor) take quite a good while to come up.

So, I’d like to have this changed. Does anyone have any recommendations of lightweight blog hosting services which I can try? Alternatively, any suggestions on how to make WordPress less time-guzzling?

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11 Comments »

  1. Self-hosting? Or getting someone to host you? Do you know how much traffic you get?

    Comment by HORansome — 2009/10/05 @ 02:14 | Reply

  2. HORansome:

    Well, just an existing blog service on an existing server, like this current one (I don’t intend to get my own server — not yet). And I don’t really get a lot of traffic.

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/10/05 @ 13:11 | Reply

  3. One of the things which might help is not write in the wordpress blogpost editor, but using an external one.

    i can really recommend Windows Live Writer. It changed my entire blogging experience a lot. It’s amazing what a better editor can do for you.

    Other things which can improve your experience is messing around with the html of your blog (As i’m using bloggeri’m not sure it’s possible in wordpress).
    If you’re not too good in html (i’m a total nOOb) Googling can give you pieces of code which could be useful and can be c/p into your blog.

    Comment by jules — 2009/10/05 @ 15:53 | Reply

  4. jules:

    Interesting, but I’m not using Windows, so I don’t think I’ll be using Windows Live Writer. But in any case, do you have any clues on how I can connect an external editor up to the wordpress.com without having it load up its own 800-pound AJAX editor?

    As for messing with HTML… well, probably not much I can do — even the CSS is fixed, unless I upgrade my WordPress membership or something.

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/10/05 @ 16:13 | Reply

  5. i’m afraid i’m not a techie, so i don’t have a clue. I don’t even understand the part of your question about an ajax-editor 🙂

    i only know there do exist blog editors for linux environments, but have never tried them.

    i’m pretty sure you ARE able to change wordpress html : http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/how-do-you-add-html-codes

    Comment by jules — 2009/10/05 @ 20:55 | Reply

  6. jules:

    i’m pretty sure you ARE able to change wordpress html :

    Oh, you mean that. Yeah, I’ve used WordPress’s HTML-mode editor to manually enter HTML into blog entries, but as far as I remember, it takes about the same amount of time to start up as its graphical editor.

    Anyway, what I was asking was, whether (and how) I can post entries onto this blog without having to start up WordPress’s own web-based editor.

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/10/06 @ 12:51 | Reply

  7. I’ve been using the WordPress iPhone app for most of what I do (I run it on a jailbroken iPod, which is basically a portable BSD platform, except there’s a lot more people developing for it and I can strap it to my forearm for the awesome factor), but I do need to go back in with the main editor afterwards for things like tags (which the app doesn’t support just yet). Since I write so rarely, this often doesn’t matter much; if I’m doing a longer-form post, I can edit a draft on the fly with notes, and then expand it properly when I’m at a full computer.

    The big problem there is the lack of a proper keyboard (we all know that if Apple were to design the iCar, Steve Jobs would insist it come without a steering wheel…), but I imagine it’d work well for things like the MLP subsection. The IJI itself tends to be a bit too content-rich for a mobile app, unless you feel like handwriting the HTML (which, personally, I’m not, unless I’m at a full keyboard).

    Not for everyone, and probably not the best option, but it’s a thought nonetheless.

    Comment by Brian D — 2009/10/09 @ 21:02 | Reply

    • Well, I blog on a full-blown PC, so editing HTML by hand is less of an issue for me. (I need to edit the HTML for things like un-italicizing the “[…]” ellipses in indented quotes (ugh)…)

      Anyway, besides the possibility of using an XML-RPC client, I’m also looking at perhaps using WordPress’s “Post by Email” feature — though I’m not sure if the latter allows me to write blog posts raw HTML. Whatever it is, I’ll definitely try it on my MLP section first. 🙂

      Comment by frankbi — 2009/10/10 @ 07:49 | Reply

  8. I could host the blog on episto.org; whilst it would still be a WordPress blog it would be running through a hosted version, which might speed up the loading of the editor (I imagine some of the issues you are encountering come from thousands of people hitting WordPress.com at the same time; that’s not so much an issue on Episto). You would also be able to import your existing entries (and the theme, I should think) to the hosted version.

    Comment by HORansome — 2009/10/10 @ 01:02 | Reply

    • Thanks for your offer — this is starting to sound like an attractive option, and I’m seriously considering it. 🙂

      Comment by frankbi — 2009/10/10 @ 16:00 | Reply


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