Just some stuff I want to share with you

Posts in category Website

Entries related to this domain and/or website excluding the actual content here.

Time to revive my website…

I must admin; I have neglected my website for many years now and it is starting to fall apart. So it is time to revive it. Replace the maps plugin in order to show the GPS tracks again and if time permits: replace the old photo gallery with something new.

Moving my website (again)…

Earlier this year I moved my website to another hosting provider. Over the last few months I’ve noticed that the site displayed more and more error messages. It took some time to discover what was going on, but a few weeks back I found the cause: the websites that I run use more memory than allowed 🙁

So, how to solve this? Well, the provider had a nice option: upgrade to a Virtual Private Server… Nice… but that’s far more expensive. After some feedback from a friend (thanks Simon!), I found another provider that delivers a good VPS option that even I can afford.

So, here we are. Up and running again on another server; moved from the US to Germany. I hope this runs fine for a while, since I don’t want to make moving websites around my next hobby 😉

Enjoy reading!

Internal error…

It seems that I am hitting some limitations of my hosting account and as a result my website is not displaying correctly anymore.

For now I have disabled the Google maps which solves some of the issues. However, you will find that the photos of my Australia trip may or may not show.

I’m working on it, but this will take a few weeks… 🙁

 

Linking to facebook

I have started to integrate my website with my facebook account. The idea here is that anything I post on my blog should also appear on my facebook wall. When somebody leaves a comment on my website, it should appear on facebook; the same thing the other way around. Not sure if this is going to work, since there are a million options I can set in the plugin.

Krangoo.com launched!

When you look at my website, you must have noticed that I use a lot of photos. I think that a single photo tells a better story then a lot of words. But using photos on your blog like I do is very time consuming especially when you also want to keep track of the locations where you created your photos. So how does it work? Well in general it looks like this:

  • When I travel I take my camera and a GPS logger with me.
  • At the end of the day I connect both devices to my computer to extract their data.
  • I first cleanup my GPS track; remove any strange sparks and convert it into a gpx or kml file.
  • Then I cleanup my photos. Remove the bad ones; change orientation, tag them and add the GPS info to them.
  • The next step is to upload the GPS track and my photos to the webserver.
  • Once the photos are on the server I create a NextGEN Gallery and add the photos to it.
  • Then I create my blog post and include the GPS track and the photos that I think support the text.

I noticed that I use a lot of software and steps to do all this and set myself a goal: reduce the amount of handling. The first improvement I came up with was the uploading of the photos.

I use Windows Live Photo Gallery to do the cleanup and tagging of my photos. But this application does not have options to interface with my NextGEN photo gallery. To be more precise: it didn’t!

This week I launched a new website: www.krangoo.com and on this site you will find the WordPress and More plugin for Windows Live Photo Gallery. It allows you to upload your photos to a NextGEN photo gallery and allows you to create a new gallery before uploading the photos.
So, the first optimization is in place. On to the next one.