Well, I have a draft saved but I am too lazy to finish it today. Instead let me say some things about the tech aspects of this blog. I now realise that I have never written anything about the technology used in maintaining this blog. So, here it goes. Just a disclaimer however. The pros will find this post pretty boring, as I guess they already know what I am going to write.
This website is hosted in a Linux server supporting Apache, MySQL, PHP and Perl. The framework used in this blog is WordPress, and I have used the Thesis theme for the look of this blog. The primary reason of using WordPress is that I like its feel, and there are lots of customising options in it. And having used it in many other websites, most notably in Gonit Sora; I am very much used to it. Also the added advantage it gives of being a blogging platform is another plus point. Thesis is a rock solid theme which has its inbuilt SEO options. This gives it a nice advantage over other themes available. If you want a clean interface with minimalist look and feel then Thesis is the best option for you. I have today upgraded it to the 1.8.2 version from the 1.8 version that I was previously using. Also regular readers might have noticed that the home page and archives page formatting has changed.
My favourite plugins are:
- Akismet - A handy little plugin to save you from all the spams that gets accumulated if you have a decent blog.
- Contact Me - This is the reason for the side link saying 'Contact'. Another nice and handy plugin.
- Counts Per Day - Adds a counter to your website. Only counts unique visits. So the same IP gets recorded only once.
- LaTeX for WordPress - This plugin helps me typeset beautiful mathematical equations like this or this into my blog posts from time to time.
- Social Sharing Toolkit - This plugin gives the social element to my blog. Comes in handy if you have multiple accounts in various social networking sites.
- StatPress Reloaded - Another plugin to keep track of your site visits, it has better functionality than 'Counts Per Day'.
- WP Cumulus - This is the reason why there is a moving flash video in the right sidebar where the tags are displayed. I like the cool interface.
- WPtouch - This is the best mobile theme that I have found till now. Gives a nice and sleek design to your website if viewed from a smartphone (both iOS and Android).
- Twitter Feed Sidebar - This is not as great as the plugins described above, but still I like this one because I have not found any other Twitter plugin better than this.
There are lots and lots of other components to any WordPress website, but now is not the right time to talk about it. Maybe I will come back to it in a later post.