Creating The Schlog

Creating The Schlog

The Schlog runs on WordPress software. There are many blog software programs out there, but I chose WordPress because that’s what Vlad Mazek uses, and he seems to know what he’s doing.

The site is hosted at HostICan, which I chose somewhat arbitrarily from a list of recommended WordPress hosts. It was previously hosted at AN Hosting (a.k.a. MidPhase), which was also a recommended WordPress host, but they sucked.

The look and feel of the blog comes from the AquaFluid theme, one of many free style templates available for WordPress. I reserve the right to change themes without notice! You’ll notice that the theme is “sponsored” by a credit card marketing company. That was the theme author’s idea, not mine. At the author’s request, I’ve left the sponsorship intact. I do not personally endorse the company.

To create and edit the content, I use the Windows Live Writer¬†blog editor (also known as a weblog client). This allows me to compose and publish blog entries without logging into the blog’s web site. Its graphic-handling features are better than WordPress’s native features, so it’s much easier for me to copy and paste screen clips into my posts. There are several¬†other blog editors compatible with WordPress, but I’m a Microsoft kind of guy.

Some Schlog editing and maintenance requires an FTP client. For example, I have to upload new themes and plugins this way. My FTP client of choice is ftp995, which I paid for as part of the Software995 suite.