about

I added an about page. The thing about about pages is that, it’s really only useful if you want people to know about you. To strike a balance between revealing too much and being entirely obscure is the trick, and I’m sure I was borderline successful only.

I wanted to include the about page on the main index of the about section. The options were: take it outside of mt and handcode index.php with an include to the mt generated parts; I could post date it so it always appear at the top; I could do some complicated include / exclude with categories; I could hardcode it into the main index template; or I could do it the easy way.

  1. create it as a page
  2. note down its page id — in manage pages hover on the title and it gave me id=1976
  3. create a module called “about” that has the same tags as the page detail module, with one addition: wrap the whole thing in a mtpages tag:

    <mt:pages id=”1976”>
    <div id=”page-<$MTPageID$>” class=”page-asset asset”>
    <div class=”asset-header”>
    <h1 class=”asset-name”><$MTPageTitle$></h1>
    </div>
    <div class=”asset-content”>
    <MTIfNonEmpty tag=”PageBody”>
    <div class=”asset-body”>
    <$MTPageBody$>
    </div>
    </MTIfNonEmpty>
    <MTIfNonEmpty tag=”PageMore” convert_breaks=”0”>
    <div id=”more” class=”asset-more”>
    <$MTPageMore$>
    </div>
    </MTIfNonEmpty>
    </div>
    </div>
    </mt:pages>

    I could have scrubbed the page detail code more, but I left it as default.

  4. in the main index call the module using mtinclude
  5. save and rebuild

The second part of the index page is the latest 25 squares. I have to think of a better way of integrating the two and making it flow better.

jottit

Oh great. I start posting on tumblr and another similar site shows up.

This one is called jottit and its tagline:

Jottit makes getting a website as easy as filling out a textbox.

And it’s true! Type some text into a text box, and if it’s the first time it will prompt you to claim that site. Give it a name, a password, enter an email address and make some simple font and colour settings and it’s done. Obviously no further customisation, but I can edit my jottits which is more than I can do with my tumblrs.

After playing around, I came to the conclusion that it creates webpages, not posts listed in reverse chronological order like I’m used to. I randomly added 2 posts and they show up as separate pages. So, different concept from tumblr.

Oh my, I can sit here all day updating all my various websites.