Because WordPress themes are often imperfect, depending on the use, you often have to customize them in various ways. Sometimes it’s adding a logo or featured/header/hero image. Sometimes it’s tweaking the sidebar or widget layout. Sometimes you just need to add or adjust some of the CSS.

Normally, I would recommend customizing more than a few things as a child theme. That way when the base theme gets updated, if you modified your files, they’ll be safe. You can also customize things through the Customize tool. This allows you to set various settings, as well as add CSS. Couple this with Custom Snippets, and you can do quite a bit without having to crack open an editor and SFTP your files back and forth.

To that end, I’ve started saving and documenting some of these tweaks that I use for DeGruchy.org. Everything stored in git on SourceHut. I’m planning on adding more documentation, like plugin usage and some innocuous configuration settings.

Check it out!

Updated Policies

I hate having to write this stuff, but it makes it clear as to the purpose of my site and what I permit users to do.

Everything is posted under /notes, in breaking with IndieWeb norms. As I feel these kinds of policies are really just informational, and not the main purpose of the site. Plus, I don’t use /notes for anything else.

Webmention, ActivityPub Support!

I’ve finally enabled some IndieWeb features here on my blog, including Webmention (after the comments section) and ActivityPub support. Both of these features will allow people to either follow me, or respond on their own systems without having to rely on centralized control, or using a system that silos their data.

For ActivityPub, the protocol that Mastodon and friends use, you can find my posts at @nathan@degruchy.org — Follow me there and I should see your responses and/or follows. Since I don’t have an official Mastodon account anymore, I can’t really see it for myself, but if someone wants to give it a try, feel free!

<3 The Open Web and Open Protocols!

I’m trying out Micro.blog as a possible alternative to using hosted WordPress. For $5/mo ($50/yr) you get quite a lot of nice things, including a well integrated IndieWeb blog. I’ve tried out importing and it looks like it’s either taking a while or not loading right. I’ve reached out to support.

Edit: Trip report: Meh. I’m sticking here.

Bug Reports for the Internet

So, Mastodon user Stephanie Walter linked to a really cool resource for information about the web as a platform. While I’m certainly not a fan of the idea, you have to deal with it until developers get bored of it.

To that end, a recent post linked to a neat little Mozilla project called “Webcompat“. It’s a place for collecting reports of bugs on various websites. Be it bugs in the rendering engine of one browser or another, or just simple “why are you forcing me to use Chrome??” outreachy issues that can usually be solved with a couple of emails to the developer.

The issue queue should be hailed as a miracle. Over 98% of their 53,000 bugs have been closed. Impressive. They even have a Firefox plugin for reporting such issues right on the page. AND this site is already 6 years old! How did I not know about this?

Good stuff, as per usual, Mozilla.

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