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.
I have mentioned before how using WordPress has advantages over plain HTML pages. One of these advantages is that WordPress automatically provides Really Simple Syndication (RSS feeds). For years, there have been posts pronouncing RSS “dead”. But for every one of these posts, there is another like this one I read recently stating that RSS is still alive and relevant.
I mentioned that I was loading an update to Windows because I had a feeling it would cause problems. Unfortunately, I was correct. The update removed the port settings from all my installed printers, rendering me unable to print. Worse still, it corrupted my antivirus software such that it would not load at startup. I spent the past weekend uninstalling and reinstalling the software until I finally got it working. Once I did, it found a virus. Very frustrating.
I saw a post on Facebook the other day about decluttering your WordPress blog, and it reminded me that I have never cleaned this website‘s database. I have now performed two checks and two cleans, two from WordPress plugins and two from cPanel. Everything seems to have worked correctly, with the result being that the MySQL database went from about twelve megabytes to under six.
If you notice anything missing, or not working correctly, please comment below, use the Contact the Curator form, or post to the Harvey Mercheum Facebook page to let me know. Also feel free to contact me if you would like more information on what the four steps I performed were.
Happy Mother’s Day! I have been continuing my research into museum policies and techniques, begun last August. I have also started studying museum websites. One thing that I noticed is that they tend to have some sort of “about the collection” page. I realized that the Harvey Mercheum website did not, and so I made one. You can see it here:
I have also gone through all of the exhibit pages, and linked the “Contributor” field if appropriate.
If you have any suggestions for improving the new page, or any aspect of the Harvey Mercheum website, feel free to leave a comment below, or use the Contact the Curator form.
Sorry for not posting this weekend. I admit I spent part of the weekend enjoying the lovely spring weather. The time I would have spent posting, however, I spent setting up my little photo studio and taking pictures for exhibits. One of the items I photographed is the only Easter-themed item in the permanent collection. Be watching for it this coming Sunday!
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Today is the three year anniversary of the Harvey Mercheum! Only 18 new exhibits were posted during the third year of operation. While this number is disappointing, I know I spent a lot of time and effort this past year behind the scenes. First there was the theme switch, then there was the hosting company switch. I am glad these projects are completed, and I feel the Harvey Mercheum is better off because of them. I have many more ideas for the future, and welcome your ideas as well. Leave a comment below or use the Contact the Curator form to suggest improvements to the Harvey Mercheum website that you would like to see!