Housekeeping Notes: Update on The Blog Theme & Passing Two Million Page Views

Yesterday it became necessary to change the theme which the blog has used for quite a while. It appears that something in the last security upgrade to WordPress was incompatible with the theme and it was not appearing correctly under Internet Explorer.  I’ve been trying out multiple other themes and I also found that most other three column themes did not work correctly. (I thought I had one that did work for a while yesterday but when I got home and tested on a variety of computers systems I found that the one in use did not always work correctly with Firefox.)

The theme currently in use does not appear to have any problems, even if I am not totally happy with the look. I plan to stick with it short term while looking for alternatives. I figure that if the problem really was due to the WordPress upgrade others using three column displays will be having problems and at least some of the themes will be fixed. Another possibility is that the problem is due to one or more of the specific widgets I use in the blog being incompatible with the last upgrade. In that case I’m hoping they will be upgraded to fix this. If the problem persists I will also try turning off plug-ins and removing widgets one by one to see if removing specific ones will increase the themes which can be used.

One additional housekeeping note. Liberal Values passed two million page views earlier this week. This doesn’t even count the approximately seven thousand subscribers to the RSS feed, subscribers to the email edition, Kindle readers, those who read posts syndicated to newspaper web sites through Blogburst, or those who use the blog for reference through Newstex. While small compared to many of the huge blogs and those associated with larger organizations, it does show that there is still room in the blogosphere for small individual blogs.

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9 Comments

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    Leslie Parsley says:

    Congrats on the two million+. I don’t think I have to worry about that.

    I like the new theme just fine. Personally, and this just may be me, but I wouldn’t mind a slightly bigger font – or perhaps Times New Roman, which may take up more space but is easier to read. That’s why newspapers use it – but they’re all going belly-up.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    I am reluctant to change the font in a theme fearing that this will mess up spacing of various parts, but I might give it a try. I also tend to like small fonts because of the ability to get more on a screen, but obviously that will cause problems for some people.

    Note that you can increase how a web page is displayed. The Zoom In command (under view) in Firefox and the Textsize comand in Internet Explorer will make the type larger on screen.

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    Leslie Parsley says:

    Don’t blame you for being a little gun-shy of making changes to the font – especially with your prodigious output. I know about the zoom but when you’re looking at a large screen of text a lot of white helps. But ten other folks will give you ten other opinions. ; )

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    Ron Chusid says:

    I would like a little more white space on the page in parts, which is different than increasing the font. Before I play with the theme I want to see if I wind up keeping it. Last night I spent a couple hours before I left the office making a theme look better on my notebook. Then I got home and found that it had problems on other computers and all that time was wasted (but I did learn a little more about adjusting the programing in these themes).

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    Fritz says:

    Congrats on the reading horde!

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    Leslie Parsley says:

    You have more patience with, and certainly more knowledge about, these things than I can ever hope to have. My problem is flying fingers and going too fast. I’ll think that a post looks okay until it’s published! I can’t even begin to imagine what you do and how you do it.

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    bruno says:

    Congratulations on the milestone.
    Whatever theme you’ll be settling on, will be fine by me.  I’m just glad to be able to enjoy your columns and blog postings on a daily basis.
    I look forward to reading your thoughts well into the future.

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    Eclectic Radical says:

    Congrats on the hit milestone. That’s great!
     
    I actually do like the new theme. The links, comments, etc, are very well organized and the blog portion is much ‘cleaner.’ The blog posts are a little smaller but, since I wear my glasses at the computer anyway (I’m nearsighted, so it naturally works with the smaller type), it doesn’t bother me a lot.

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    Leslie Parsley says:

    Didn’t mean to imply at all  that I don’t like the blog. In fact my computer has been down all day and so where do you think I come the first minute I’m back on board?

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