Blog bells and whistles

I’ve been tinkering under the blog hood (more than actually writing posts, as you can tell lately), and am trying out a WordPress plugin called Wordbooker. At first I was just looking for a plugin to automatically post a link on Facebook when I write a blog post, which this does, but it also can push blog comments to Facebook and pull Facebook comments to the blog, thus keeping them in sync periodically, in either or both directions as one pleases. It can even place Facebook “like” and “share” buttons in posts; I don’t know how useful those will be for this personal and infrequently updated blog, but we’ll see.

At some point last year I quietly installed some other bells and whistles… one is this theme by WooThemes called Bueno, and another is fonts by Typekit. Yay, typography. Also noteworthy is a nifty plugin called WPtouch, which transforms my blog into a pared-down, faster-loading format for smartphones. You’ll see this if you’re visiting on an iPhone, Android phone, BlackBerry, and so forth. I like this plugin so much that I shelled out for the paid version, WPtouch Pro, which among other things includes support for iPad.

Master of my domain

Today I inaugurate a new domain name for my blog: jefftabaco.com. I’ve been wanting to use my name for my domain and so registered it a long while ago. I used to be more wary of putting my full name out there on the interwebs, but I’ve already started down that path with some social networks and other sites, so I might as well do so here. And this way I can be as fickle as I want in changing the blog title, but the URL will always be me. (Me, me, me.)

But “I love Rebel Prince,” you say. Believe me, I’ve had that domain for over seven years now, so it’s definitely a home. I love the Rebel Prince name (Rufus!) and will use it here … for now. The old site’s archives will continue to work and coexist as a sort of website emeritus during the transition, but eventually I will redirect the site. The old RSS feed now uses the new site’s source feed, so nothing will break for you feed readers, but if you want to be all tidy and future-proof against my website whims, please use the new feed.

As if that weren’t enough change, I also decided to try out WordPress. My web hosting is on Dreamhost, and WordPress is one of their “one-click” installs. That was a breeze, and though WordPress is a different animal from Movable Type, I’m finding my way around pretty easily.

So that’s that. Soon it’ll be time to turn on the TV and enjoy today’s real inauguration.