The new site is mobile-friendly!
Welcome to the new and improved Portland Transport!
3000+ posts and close to 50,000 comments have been converted (boy are my fingers tired).
In addition to the bright and shiny new theme provided by Steve Bozzone of Bozz Media, there are a number of features we hope you will appreciate:
- No more ads
- Threaded comments
- Weekly open threads
Giving credit where credit is due, we appreciate the permission and skills of Jonathan Maus, Steph Routh and TriMet for the imagery in our new header (maybe it won’t take us 8 years for the next header update).
There will be additional features rolling out over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
For those of you who are nostalgic, the old version of the site will be preserved for posterity at archive.portlandtransport.com.
Now please meet the first of our new contributors: Alex Craghead.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
– Winston Churchill
By that standard, Portland Transport is probably far from perfect. But we are changing!
After eight years running on the Movable Type platform and about five years talking about converting to WordPress, we’re going for it.
We’ll be taking the site down over the Labor Day long weekend and converting to WordPress. With more than three thousand posts to convert and import, this is going to take a little while :-)
But that’s not the extent of the changes. There will be a new theme, new features and new authors. So buckle up…
Here at Portland Transport, we’re getting ready to take the plunge… to WordPress, that is.
In 2005 when we founded this blog, the state of the art in blog software was Movable Type. And it’s served us well for 3,200 posts, 48,000 comments and more than a million visits. But it’s getting a bit long in the tooth. You may have noticed some server errors and double posts from time-to-time when making comments.
So we’re going to switch! Sometime early in 2013 we’ll take a few days of downtime, move everything over and take advantage of a platform that has literally thousands of features and plugins.
This will not be a small effort. As part of the process we’ll be getting some professional help with a new theme, and probably also with database work.
In fact, if we have any web designers reading out there, we’re soliciting proposals for the theme development project. Get in touch at email@example.com.
And the quality of work we’re looking for won’t be free. Which is why this message includes our annual year-end solicitation. Please think about hitting the donate button and sharing a few dollars to keep this enterprise going. Many hands make for light work!
Thank you and have a great holiday season. And expect to see good stuff in the new year!
I actually missed it when it happened, but sometime in the last week Portland Transport racked up its millionth visitor…
So much wonkery, so little time.