Over Easy: WordPress, Disqus and FDL
As everyone should be aware te servers that host FDL had been under attack for around a month or so. Making ti very difficult at best to even connect to the site let alone login, comment and post, Keeping the reader posts at MyFDL inaccessible most of that time and the servers possible hacked to enable this attack. Due to Jane’s absence and likely financial considerations, most of the software support staff that helped to maintain the servers were let go. Thus making any attempt to resolve these issues nearly impossible.
The decision to move FDL to different servers and software wise start from scratch with new software was made. Under the circumstances this was to me the best decision, keeping the posts and comments archived.
The “old site” that everybody seems to miss was based of heavily modified WordPress code, most especially the commenting system. Not only that but similar code was used on the MyFDL servers and to enable the transfer of a MyFDL post to the main site required keeping both in sync. A major undertaking I can assure you.
So MyFDL is no longer for the present.
As you can see by the layout of the current site and the dashboard, much newer and possibly more current WordPress code is being used. Anyone who has put up his/her own blog is or should be aware that there are a number of blogging software packages available. WordPress being the top of the list. WordPress comes in two flavors. Worpress.org which supplies to code necessary to run Worpress on you own servers and allow you to modify it to you own needs. And Worpress.com which contains it own servers already configured and running the WordPress software, making it easier to set up a blog. However though you have a number the themes you can chose from and modify, you cannot modify the code or change much of the other parts. Such as commenting and logging in etc.
Rather than trying to shoehorn the old commenting system into the new Worpress code, the people at FDL have chose to go with an already available and highly use commenting system. Disqus. There is a lot about Disqus I like and some things I am not fond of. I like being able to insert media into comments. I like the little blue bubble next to you name at the top of the comments, that if you click it you get a side panel of the comments you made and the replies. This handy to see who has replied to older comments. I also like the autoupdate feature.
I am not fond of the fact that comments are no longer numbered or that you have to scroll up or down to see what comments have been made. It can get confusing. And since Disqus is it own system on it’s ,own servers, there is really no modifications you can do.
I am willing to cut the FDL group a little slack. I have been in computer systems programming myself for over 30 years and I can tell you, this is not a piece of baklava. Many’s a time I have brought up systems not even this complex. Thought I had tested them 8 ways to Sunday and have them come crashing down around my ears the first time anyone attempted to login.
One last thing. When you cut and paste text from an outside source, please…please…please edit out the typesetting characters. Like the left and right double and single quotes often used by newspapers and books. They often mess up the html style sheets and make the page almost unreadable. Especially on mobile devices.