I’ve placed myself on a path to better get a grip on git and actually use it in my day-to-day development of this site. In looking up the best practices for running WordPress under git, I ran into a handy slide deck from my WordCamp Columbus buddy @stevegrunwell titled Keeping WordPress Under [Version] Control with GIT. How fancy!
If you noticed the tagline of my site “Ink Blots and Other Thoughts” you may be curious about the whole “blots” part of that. Short answer is, I have a slight obsession with fountain pens.I bought my first fountain pen on eBay, it was a very cheap vintage Arnold pen. It’s a small, finicky, but very fun lever-fill pen that immediately drew me in.
I haven’t had Google Analytics installed on this site for quite some time. Knowing that, you’ll understand why I was surprised to log into GA to get my tracking code, only to see 178 “visits” to my site in the last 30 days. Quickly my hatred of Google Analytics spam came flowing back into my mind.
Making progress on getting my personal site up-to-snuff, I installed JetPack and ran into some strange issues trying to enable features. I kept getting errors such as “Failed to fetch” when toggling settings in JetPack. Using Chrome’s developer tools, I noticed Chrome was blocking admin.js from being called due to mixed-content errors. I immediately suspected SSL as being the culprit. My site runs on SSL – WordPress was loading on SSL – so why the errors?
Every time a new WordPress theme has come out, my response has been something akin to “oh, that’s nice” and I have moved on. The 2017 is the first time I’ve actually been excited about the default theme.
In a fit of irony, considering I have trashed and re-created andymelichar.com countless times, today’s post is about starting from scratch, and the perilous journey that awaits those who choose to do so.