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I searched for myself in Google to find a brand new website already on page 3.

I searched for myself in Google to find a brand new website already on page 3.

I threw together a very basic website in a few hours yesterday.  I made sure it looked ok on a mobile and desktop and that it had semi decent code (mostly validated HTML and CSS apart from a few issues with a prebuilt fancybox script and associated CSS).

I decided to search for myself on Google this afternoon to see if I showed up.

The previous post on this site is on page 2, just beneath my Youtube account but the website I made only about 24 hours ago is already on page 3!

Yes, very few people will dig as far as page 3 (on Google) but 24 HOURS!

I have high hopes for front page action within a month or so.  Funny, given there is basically nothing on the site.

I am james.berridge.me.uk at the bottom of the screenshot not .co.uk - that's a different guy with the same great name.

[Fixed] Flickr Photos Broken!

All my integrated Flickr photos are down! Actually the plugin was breaking my site so has been disabled till I find a fix. Annoying, as that plugin was one of the few I have used that I could get on with  🙁

Update: No idea how to fix the problem so instead I found a solution which removes the need for the broken plugin.

I was using Flickr Manager but the image links seemed to be merging into one and corrupting entire pages! I found another plugin called Flickpress although on the surface it did everything I needed, it couldn't actually import pictures into my posts. However, it was able to import my Flickr photos into my WordPress gallery allowing me to simply add the images as if I'd uploaded them from my computer. Although not a fast solution to implement it is very reliable (no plugin is needed to display the images).

Site Update

Major ongoing update for bezzer.co.uk I'm moving away from Joomla despite years of loyal service. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • I feel Joomla suits larger sites better
  • The process to upgrade from 1.5.23 to 1.7 is overcomplicated
  • I need something to do in between job applications
So... Decided I'd give WordPress another shot. I've used it before but not for a few years. Feels the same as before but with a larger version number.
Complaints so far:
  • Haven't found a plugin to import single flickr photo and provide lightbox effect
  • WordPress kept messing my lovely code up! Fixed: TinyMCE Advanced has option to disable this 'feature'
  • Blog style website makes me want to type useless stuff everywhere in order to have more posts...
Positives so far:
  • Much cleaner interface than Joomla (has always been the case really)
  • Easier management of Plugins and Themes
Expect an unusual amount of activity in the next few days as I finish porting over pages from the old site. Once complete I will try to update on a less frequent but regular basis.