Well, hi! It’s been a long time…
Unfortunately on this blog the posting frequency really dropped off over the last year, work just got the better of me! Compounding this, I kind of lost interest in web development issues which was the main topic of the blog and it didn’t feel right to write about other topics on the blog whilst it was still primarily a web development blog.
So what I’ve done now is to relaunch the blog with a new design and software (we’re running WordPress now). I still haven’t worked out what this blog is really going to be about, but we’ll hopefully see as time progresses!
This is in fact the third reincarnation of Cow’s Blog. We started off in April 2004 using Postnuke before relaunching with Geneone in August 2005. And now in February 2008, I’m pleased to switch to WordPress.
The reasons for switching to WordPress were fairly simple.
Geneone was a PHP script I started writing in 2005. I recognised several issues: many websites had different softwares for blogs, forums and other community features such as polls. This made no sense to me: why would anybody want to create half a dozen accounts just to be able to fully utilise the features on one website?
Thirdly, people were writing blog systems and forum systems totally separately and independently of each another when 99% of the system is the same. I mean, take a forum, fiddle around with the permissions a little bit and change the theme, and you’ve got a blog. Blogs and forums could also learn from each another: for example RSS would have been a great addition to many forums.
So Geneone attempted to bridge that gap and to solve those problems. Unfortunately I ran out of time to get the software to such a stage where development could be continued by others and it died off with its last release in July 2006.
I do believe that Drupal does a fairly good job of fulfilling Geneone’s goals today and it has a fantastic user community behind it.
But anyway, we’re back on WordPress. I’ve migrated all the old posts and comments which were on Geneone into WordPress and the vast majority of old Geneone URLs should work in WordPress. I know a lot of my old blog posts were really useful to the developer community as I was still receiving comments from people who used them to solve their Internet Explorer headaches! So they’re staying up for the benefit of the world wide web and Google.