Rewriting my shortcodes reminded me of something I have been meaning to do for a while. I have demoted “item type” from a custom taxonomy to a custom field. What this means to you is that the “Browse Collection By” tree in the left navigation bar no longer has entries for “Item Types”.
Anyone who thinks they can set up a WordPress website and forget about it is fooling themselves. Case in point: when I first started designing the Harvey Mercheum website, I knew that I wanted to store what I now refer to as the “interpretive information” about the exhibits as fields in the WordPress MySQL database, not just as plain text. I accomplished this using custom fields and custom taxonomies.
First technical change for the Harvey Mercheum website for its fifth year of operation! I typically work on and view the Harvey Mercheum website in an Internet browser on a Windows computer. This used to mean a screen resolution of 1280 x 1024, which resulted in the screen looking like this:
Every WordPress website should use some sort of image optimization plugin. For a long time, the Harvey Mercheum website used EWWW Image Optimizer. After an update, it began logging errors in a file named php_errorlog. Then I read this article about image compression plugins, and EWWW did not perform very well. I decided to try reSmush.it. The good news is it claims to have saved me 139MB in disk space, and the errors have stopped. The bad news is it stripped all of the EXIF data from the images, which I had worked very hard to make sure was there. I am not sure how I feel about this, and what I am going to do moving forward, I just wanted to make note of this fact. Do any of you ever look at the EXIF data on images? Let me know in the comments below!
I talked a bit recently about how I moved my Google Analytics to Google Tag Manager, and thought I had everything working. Well, I discovered that I had to re-associate my Google Search Console with my Google Analytics, this time using the Google Tag Manager method instead of the Google Analytics method I had used originally. Please keep this in mind if you try to do something similar.
I did some work behind the scenes of the Harvey Mercheum website in February. I finally set up Google Tag Manager and moved my Google Analytics to it, more on this in a moment. Some time during the process, I noticed my Facebook Follow Social Plugin disappeared. I tried to get it working again, but could not. I have put the Page Plugin in the sidebar where the Follow used to be, but it does not fit very nicely. My apologies for any inconvenience this causes.
Sorry for not posting last weekend, I was busy working behind the scenes to improve the Harvey Mercheum website. It is no secret that I am a big fan of Google and their various offerings, such as Google Calendar, which I used to create the Harvey Mercheum editorial calendar. I have been running Google’s PageSpeed Insights and trying to act upon its suggestions. But for a web browser, I use Firefox, and have for years. I recently found out about Lighthouse, and wanted to give it a try, so I installed Google Chrome on my new desktop computer and used it to run the Lighthouse audit. It gave me more suggestions, some of which I was able to act upon.
Sorry for not posting last weekend, but I finally got a new desktop computer, and spent what free time I had getting it set up. It is much faster than my old laptop, and I hope it will help me post exhibits quicker.
While I am still sad to have finished posting the JA-RU rack toy exhibits, having done so opens up some exciting possibilities. Having one or two parts of a set is nice, but having a complete (or near-complete) set allows you to look at the big picture, see things that may not be obvious when only looking at one part.