CLC18-D: Website ABC’s at the Albina Press

About the website

First off, this post isn’t primarily about cycling – it’s about the website.  I biked to Albina Press for coffee and carbs though, so I’ll credit it as a CLC ride also.

Albina Press looks like it must have been a bar at some point.

Albina Press is a nice place to hang out – spacious, excellent WiFi, close to Tiffany’s.  I’m here instead of Seven Virtues, where I expected to start this ride, because I woke up early and Albina Press is close by and has an early opening hour.  And decent coffee, but a somewhat slim food menu.

Second, an explanation and a bit of an apology.  Most of the current users of the website probably know the background, but it was born when several of the Bicycle Life/Crazy Guy contributors either left or were evicted last fall.  Hoping we could preserve something of the small Bicycle Life community, I decided to throw together a website we could use in its place, and bullied Rachael into getting it started.  Neither of us had any idea what we were doing (or real interest in running a website, for that matter), and we ended up with this essentially WordPress framework as the easiest, low-tech path to a product.

For several months, it wasn’t apparent that the website would see any real traffic.  With my hands full already with selling our home and preparing for a life mostly on the road, I haven’t invested much in the app.  Among other things, I haven’t developed a ‘how-to’ section in the About page.

CLC has brought some new faces to us, and a few older ones who appear frustrated by how to work with the app.  My apologies for not spending the time to write up what I’ve learned about the basics: how to post, comment, link, upload media, and so on.

I have two ideas in mind: First, I’ll add a how-to FAQ section to the About page, and add items to it as I find the time or see evidence that people need help.  Second, I’ll try to figure out how to add a Forum to the website, so that we have a better way to raise questions or discuss issues with the website.

About the ride

Like I said, I got an early start – it was still dark when I left Tiffany’s.  After our month at Stacey’s, we’re really enjoying how simple it is to enter and exit Tiffany’s place.  What a concept – open door; step out with the bike; close the door.  Amazing how small annoyances can grate on you over time.

outside Tiffany’s

 

I’ve been admiring this magnolia for the last few days, but it’s really spectacular illuminated (by my bike light) at night.

After hanging around Albina Press long enough for the day to brighten and the morning mist to stop, I headed out on the big errand for the day: a trip downtown to REI to get a cargo net so that we can carry bulkier loads on the back rack.  We’ve never used one of these before and are curious to see if they’re useful enough to pack around when we’re traveling.

On the way there I pass through Laurelhood Park, one of my favorite inner city parks in the city.  It’s always attractive, and there’s often something interesting going on.  Today there’s a sparring class of some sort.

A nice companion photo to the tai chi class a few days ago.

 

In Laurelhood Park

Actually, I have two errands this morning.  In addition to a trip to REI, I want to swing by a pair of murals near the Burnside Bridge that caught my attention when driving to a concert two nights ago.  They were both still there and as interesting as I’d remembered; and while I was there I stumbled across the skateboard park beneath the bridge.  It’s a pretty ragged neighborhood, but with some interesting details if you take the time to look around.

from there, I finally moved on to REI – a pointless exercise, as it turned out because they don’t carry them in store; you have to order them through the website.  No matter – t was just an excuse for a spin through town anyway.

 

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a colorful heritage manor hangs on in a neighborhood of warehouses.

 

Nothing good comes easy
The skateboard park beneath the Burnside Bridge
Very scary

This is just a placeholder for now. I’ll add a real description when I get more time.

7 response to "CLC18-D: Website ABC’s at the Albina Press"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 17, 2018

    Scott…hope you know I wasn’t frustrated with you. It was my own ability and tools! Secretly I like to challenge myself once in awhile with new technology just to keep the brain sharp. Thanks for hosting this and all your work.

  2. By: Scooter Posted: March 17, 2018

    Nope, I didn’t take it personally. Glad to see that I’m giving you some brain exercise. Cheaper than an NYT crossword puzzle subscription!

    I’m not finding media management to be too intuitive either, especially from the iPad – that’s how I work most of the time also. The basic technique is to put your cursor where you want the image; scroll up to the top to add media; select an image to upload; upload it; add to the post; and then save. I think two things make it easier though: uploading the pictures first, instead of as part of the post (go to the dashboard, and select media); and adding all of the images to the post first and then writing your text around them afterwards. That works well because you don’t have to fuss with where the cursor is, which is pretty awkward in an iPad.

    Once the image is attached to the post, you can edit it – change the size on the post, or add a caption. I don’t like the fact that images come in by default as medium sized instead of large. I’ll do some research to see if there’s a way to change what the default is.

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 18, 2018

      Thanks Scott….I might try this next time. However, oneself I figured it out I’m ok. Glad to see you can get in and out of your living space now without thinking of finding a gun!! That was a funny story for us but I could feel the frustration! Take care…

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 18, 2018

    Hey Scott, You’ve done well to get this site up and running, these things keep evolving

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: March 18, 2018

    Great pics as usual!
    Hey, why are you apologizing? You’ve got a great site going!

  5. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: March 18, 2018

    No apologies necessary Scott – we really appreciate the time Rachael and yourself have put in to get the site up and working.

    Like SSjanet I have some issues using the site and, in particular, linking my WP stuff to your WP stuff but I look on it as something for me to win in the TC/WP battle.

  6. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: March 19, 2018

    Hi Scott,
    The site is great. With my very limited skill at anything digital, I haven’t had any problems. Maybe if I knew more I’d feel differently!
    Thanks for the hard work.
    Cheers,
    Keith

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