Category Archives: Admin

More Disappointing Results

After installing the new Themes, I find I can’t create a slideshow on the front page like I can with the Photocrati Theme.  Unless I’m missing something, these new Imagely themes are rather limiting.  I’ll have to spend more time studying the documentation for these themes (such as it is; it’s rather limited right now).  I want to just add pictures and blog posts for your information and enjoyment.

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Jump Back In

Yup; more changes.  I was looking over the theme I’ve been using for this page and it seems very little, if any, work will be done on it to improve it in the future.  It seems like they’re moving to yet another theme that you have to pay for annually along with another subscription requirement for the NextGen gallery photo management tool.  This was “built in” and provided by the PRO version of the previous theme I’ve been using.  This really sucks; now I have to spend even more time (and $$) learning a whole new system and fixing what it breaks as I implement it.  So – stand by and be patient some more.  Thanks…

Disappointing Upgrades

It’s been an exciting past couple of weeks.  After trying to figure out why I’ve been unable to get my Lightroom photo editing program to successfully upload photos directly to my WordPress blog, I’ve migrated the hosting first to a new company (Dreamshost) and then back to GoDaddy after leaning that Dreamshost was not upfront about their severe restrictions on server resources.  Those restrictions rendered my web sites completely unable to be updated or render to visitors or slowed access down until getting access was intolerable.  So I moved back to GoDaddy.

I started working with the GoDaddy support folks (again) trying to figure out how to get Lightroom to successfully upload photos.  After being unsuccessful, they suggested upgrading hosting servers to some of their newer equipment.  So we did that as the price was supposed to be nearly the same.  It didn’t take too long to realize that they also had restricted resources which I could increase, at even more $$.  And Lightroom still wasn’t working.  And even if I tried to create a new blog post, my memory limits were exceeded often by over 100% which all but closed down my access to the sites.

Bottom line is I’ve moved everything back to the original hosting servers I started with at GoDaddy and all the sites are now working like they always have.

Spent a few more minutes before heading to bed last night researching why I was still having problems with Lightroom uploads and always getting an error 500 notice and found some possible solutions.  I must have used some different key words when searching since I found some new results.  They all revolved around limited WordPress memory.  By default WordPress installations define a 64M memory limit which sometimes reduces the capability of WordPress to operate.  I installed a memory usage plugin and noticed I was using nearly 80% of memory resources normally without doing anything special.  Found a way to increase memory available to wordpress and tried uploading photos with Lightroom again.  Now Lightroom is working normally again!  At least for the quick test I performed last night.  Now I just have to upload some more photos to be sure.

Web Site Transfer Complete

The web site transfer is complete.  I’ve moved all of the files from DreamHost back to GoDaddy for hosting support.  Everything should be back to normal and I can start adding more information here for everyone!

The first thing I’ve added is a calendar so you can see what my schedule is and call me with a date and time you’d be interested in having me drop by to create your listing photos.  Let me know what you think of this new addition!

Web Site Update

As you can tell, we’re starting to undergo the update I mentioned earlier and have moved the status updates to the blog and off of the main page.  It has taken some time but I think I’m finally through squashing some of the pesky bugs that always seem to crop up on projects like this.  I’m working on three other sites as well and will start adding more content here soon including changing the look and feel of the layouts.  I still plan to add new pages that showcase some of the recent work we’ve been doing as well as offering some of the various amenity photos for sale to other agents who have listings in the same community and condos.  I’m also going to create a page to describe the licensing terms for all the photos we sell so there will be no confusion about what you’re actually paying for.  If you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact us!

Making Headway

We’re making headway with the layout and content of the new web site.  The look and feel will be an ongoing effort until we arrive at something we can live with.  I’m having to do a lot more customizing of the theme layout than I did in earlier versions of the same theme.  This was kind of frustrating and exciting at the same time knowing I have some more flexibility.

I ended up not being able to access the site for awhile – as a matter of fact, NONE of my sites hosted on GoDaddy were available.  After finally getting through to the helpful folks at GoDaddy, we finally determined that it was my router that was screwing up and not letting me access the sites hosted at Go Daddy.  All other operations were operating normally which was really confusing.  I had even turned everything off and rebooted all the devices and still no luck.  Eventually after doing some research I messed around with the MAC addresses in the router and now everything is working again.  Very strange…

Started uploading photos to the site for use later.  And I again found a little annoying problem with the plugin used in Lightroom to upload directly to the wordpress site.  It seems it’s security related and keys off how often the site receives access requests; too many in too short of time blocks access.  Now I’m tweaking the parameters in that plugin’s settings to see if I can reduce or eliminate that issue.  I may have to completely rename the offending php file and re-program WordPress to use the newly-named file.  Kind of annoying that I have to do this but apparently it’s a fairly common problem.

Anyway it’s time to run out to get dinner ready for the family as we’re turning around quickly and heading out to an Audubon meeting tonight where we’re bringing refreshments.  Tomorrow will be a busy day (hopefully the weather will cooperate with me some more) as I have three photo shoots to work on including one twilight shot what will take a couple of hours to work through.  That’s not including the editing time which will add another 2-3 hours to that.