Websites are hard mkay?

This week I’ve learnt and also, frustratingly not learnt, how to do some new things on the world of the web.

Recently, my partner decided he wanted a website (again) and so we got to work on it and here is where we have gotten currently. He also has a forum attached which is phpBB. The website stuff is fine, if he has a question I don’t know I look it up and more or less it is an easy fix or add on but where the forum is concerned I pull out my hair!

He would like a list of most recent topics/posts in the forum to be displayed on the site, sounds easy enough right? Well, I’m still yet to do it. I’ve scoured ever phpbb forum I can find and yet my brain still hurts. It is now to the point where I’ve given up in frustration… any phpBB experts out there?

It has been nice to use more CSS though and get the hang of PHPincludes and I even validated my website! For the first time in her history, Lazily is validated! Doesn’t she just shine? ๐Ÿ™‚

In all of this I’ve learnt more about cpanel too and my host is helping more learn more as I help him out with tickets and the like. They’re a very supportive host is Rewind and none of my questions are ever stupid.

As my confidence increases I’ve been able to answer questions on forums and overall help people out. It’s kind of incredible the week I’ve had.

So where does it all lead? Well, I signed up for my first SOTM competition and I’m coming second so far! I was scared I’d be dead last with only my vote to my name ๐Ÿ˜› I’d love your help if you’d like. Click the button below to go to voting:

We’re Evolving

For the first time in the history of Lazily there is a comprehensive (well, comparatively speaking) “About” section, One for me (Mistress) and one for Lazily (Domainatrix). Tell me if you think the name Domainatrix is clever or stupid by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

Writing Mistress was actually quite hard, I just don’t know what to write about me. What do people want to know that is of any interest? Generally, I don’t find myself overly interesting so it makes it hard.

Also, I’ve been playing with WP plugins. Now I can see what you do and when you do it (insert evil laugh here). Yes, I’ve added some stats and a who’s online plugin. All very neat! I love seeing where my audience is from, apparently I should be nice to east coast Americans and… somewhere that I think is in Europe – yes, yes I suck at geography ok! I’m sorry Europeans, tell me where you’re from and I’ll be super nice – all very exciting!

I’m also looking into a few more tweaks and such. I’m having a lot of fun with it really. Let me know if there is a plugin you can’t live without and I’ll check it out.

And lastly, I’m guessing you guys don’t like long posts… previous post wasn’t well received and yet, I was so proud! Oh well, back to the less serious things in live it seems.

Hello World!

Edit: You can hear me! And for the first time in a week I have been able to access Lazily from home. So what happened? Apparently my hosts host got hacked and everything went haywire. Rerun were onto it though and fixed much of everything in about 3 or 4 days (over the easter long weekend no less!). However, little Lazily didn’t come back, not for me anyway. I was incredibly concerned as many other people could access Lazily but just not me. I thought I was doomed!

Then out of the mist came my site monitor saying ‘Uh, your shit is down! And has been for 24 hours’ so I wasn’t the only one blind to Lazily. Re-emailed my host and asked what is up? Host looked into it more and BAM! Fixed a corrupted something or other and Lazily is open to the world again. Phew.

Earlier that day:

Can you hear me?

The site has been down for a week now but my host assures me all is good to go now. Now, lets hope I can access the site at home. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

All Shook Up

Yesterday I toiled over my PC and came up with a new layout for Lazily. This is the first that I’ve made in a long, long time. To the point where I don’t know enough any more.
I had some assistance though. I used melly.me‘s template Clean and editted and moved and this and that until I was happy with it. I still don’t know how everything works, it’s true, but I do have a better understanding. Let me know what you think.

Also, I joined Rev.iew.me a few weeks ago. It’s an awesome reviewing community. I haven’t received anything but honest feedback. There doesn’t seem to be any meanness around. It just feels like people who want to help other people improve their website. I wish there was more of a community though. Even just a forum would be nice. Maybe that is to come.

Also, lastly on the Lazily front, I will be creating ‘About’ pages in the near future. I had a suggestion that it could improve my blog and you know what? It probably will so keep an eye out for that.

So Squeaky Clean

Oh my woah! Will you look at Lazily? So Squeaky Clean my friends! It’s all pink and blue and beautiful. Alas, though, I did not make it myself. It is a free theme that I stole.. well borrowed, with permission. I thought it was time for something new and fresh and I didn’t have the time or the skills to do it myself this time. Plus, this has widgets! Oh my how I love a widgetized theme! *drools*
I’m also incredibly envious of the little girl up there (to the right) bikini and beach… it is so hot here today I wish I had a bikini and a beach and a few fish and a flower in my hair.
So what is new and happening here at lazily? Well, I’ve decided to start using tags! (finally) although I am too lazy to go back and tag all the old posts. They’ll be jealous I’m sure. I’m going to add some pages and such… you know all the stuff I always say I’ll do (but hopefully I really do this time). I think mostly though, I’m going to learn! I’m so far behind in anything wordpress and I feel bad because of it. I want to make these things myself damnit! So, I will learn and hopefully the next shiny and sparkly layout will be all mine ๐Ÿ™‚

Now to go tweak!