Like a lot of people, I use WordPress for my blogging platform. It is a pretty powerful platform and from what I read it could be adapted to do just about anything. Perfect for a guy like me who wouldn’t even know where to begin in terms of creating my own platform. But the creators of WordPress understand that and give users the option to create their own look with the use of a theme system. When I first started Ultima-i, I tried a lot of pre-made themes; but never stuck with one for long. Plus none of them represented me very well. That’s when I decided I would learn how to create my own, which I did and christened it “Individual System.” This version is actually the third version of my Individual System theme.
So for the last month I have been working on updating the design of the site a bit. Not really a major overhaul, as I kept quite a few elements from the previous design. But there were a few things about the old design that I felt needed to be changed, either because of look or function. There was two big things I wanted to address: automating tasks I used to do manually and connecting Ultima-i to the social websites I frequent.
So I turned to Google-sensei to help me learn a little more about PHP so I could make some improvements. Thanks to various sources, I was able to do the following:
All of this was done because I felt that my site didn’t quite represent what I felt was my best work. I mentioned it in both Content is King and Reflections, that this site is a journey for me. Blogging is something that is still new to me, but I want Ultima-i to reflect my personality and express my voice. And really, that is the key thing about blogging – expressing and sharing yourself with the world. Connect with others through shared interests or knowledge (hopefully ^^;).
It is for that reason I decided that I would call this version of my site “Individual System: Nexus.” Nexus being a connection (or series of connections) that link two or more things. Ultima-i is my nexus, linking this site to the various social sites I frequent and those users, as well as users across the web through connections I make with other sites.
Image source (slightly modified to enhance the color) : Moe Imouto