As you may have figured out by now (if you read this site in your browser instead of via RSS or LJ), there’s been another small change around here. I just got done upgrading to Community Server 2.1, the latest and greatest version of the blog software I used. It includes some very nice new themes; Alaric and I made use of them until we figure out how to further tweak and customize them. Treanna won’t budge from her current pink theme until I figure out how to get one of the new ones a bit more in her preferred portion of the spectrum.
One of the biggest new updates is that the old categories feature has been transformed into tags — they’re both ways to classify blogs posts, but tags are more compatible with the way other blogging sites and software are doing these types of things. It just helps our blogs fit more closely into the blogosphere.
Another personal change, for me, is that I’m finally using the built-in WYSIWYG editor instead of writing the HTML for my posts by hand. This makes things go a little faster, so I appreciate it — and I also appreciate the fact that CS is generating the kind of HTML now that I’ve always preferred. For example, it uses paragraph tags instead of break tags, and it allows me to specify whether my links open to new pages or overwrite the existing page (I prefer the former and have been taking the time to force this by hand in the past couple of months). I can also do all of my formatting the same way I’d do it in Word: CTRL-B for bold, CTRL-I for italics, CTRL-K to turn a highlighted piece of text into a hyperlink. Sweet!
Another nice change — I can choose my tags from the same window that I’m writing text in, instead of flipping over to a different tab (which I’d forget to do half of the time, meaning I’d have to jump into management mode to come back and edit the post. What a pain!). This is very streamlined, and I think I can even whip up new tags on the fly!
The final change is strictly under-the-hood; My CS installation is now running on ASP.NET 2.0, using the standard ASP.NET membership providers. This is a Way Cool Thing in geekville and really doesn’t change your reading experience in any way. It does make things much easier for me from the back-end view, so please spare a moment of happiness on my behalf if you can’t figure out why you should personally care.