Hello friends. I know that you’re wondering what’s happening to me, and so here’s an update.
Well, the truth is, I’ve been resting — losing myself again in the world of fiction — and trying to bring myself into the right mental and emotional states. Because honestly, I’ve been deeply disappointed that my work of moving my blogging to a self-hosted CMS has been delayed. And though I’ve tried, I just couldn’t let it go, and simply go back to my writing and studies. (You see, blogging is all I have right now; I have no other present hopes but to see this ministry succeed.)
Hello friends. Here now is the summary of my migration updates.
But first, you should know that because of my lack of resources, my move to a self-hosted CMS has reached an impasse. My hopes for some provision have not happened yet, and so I’m stuck. And when it does resume, it’ll take me many months to complete the migration process. And that is because, in addition to developing the website itself and transferring my content, I also have a lot of studying to do — the CMS that I’ll be using, Tiki, is not as easy to use and maintain as WordPress, and my webhost is DIY and not exactly designed for beginners. So I thought that it’s a good idea to make this summary and pin it on top of my blogs, to continually remind everyone of the coming move.
Hello friends. Just a quick update. I’ve managed to install Tiki in my DIY webhost (yay!), and things are looking good. (There are some PHP warnings and errors, but since my installation went smoothly, I think that those are just normal.) And so… unless some things go seriously wrong, I will now be using Tiki Wiki for Swordsman Network when I go self-hosted. Or rather, I’ll be using Tiki Wiki for Swordsman Beginnings. Huh?
Hello friends. Here’s another migration update. I said in my last announcement that, unless something goes wrong, I’ll be using the b2evolution CMS for Swordsman Network. Well, something has indeed gone wrong (or rather, had). I didn’t notice it before because it was announced in the founder’s personal blog.
And the bad news is that the b2evolution open-source project, which is financially supported by its pro-version clients, has been much affected economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. There is now much less money coming in to sustain the project, and the founder himself has lost much of his interest. (You can read more about this here: 18 years of b2evolution.)
Hello friends. In my last migration updates, I said that I’m really going to use the WordPress.org software when I leave WordPress.com and go self-hosted. However, my doubts about WordPress won’t leave me, and so I had no choice but to keep on looking for CMS alternatives. (Fortunately, because I do have some advanced computer skills, setting up a dynamic database-driven website in my DIY web hosting provider, NearlyFreeSpeech.NET, has turned out to be not so difficult after all, and this has allowed me to try out a few other CMSes besides WordPress, like Drupal and Typo3.)
Hello friends. Here now are my latest updates about my migration of Swordsman Network to self-hosted WordPress. (I’ve given this all my attention until the way forward is clear.)
Firstly, despite its performance and security issues, I really am using the WordPress.org software, and not any other CMSes, for the following reasons: 1) it’s the one I know how to use; 2) it’s the one that can do the job with the least amount of fuss, and it has a strong community support; and 3) it’s the one and only CMS that I know how to install (though I haven’t tried it yet) in my web hosting provider, NearlyFreeSpeech.NET.
Hello friends. BIG NEWS. I’m going to move Swordsman Network and Swordsman Beginnings to a single self-hosted WordPress site (using the open-source software from WordPress.org). The new website will still be called Swordsman Network, but with my study journal now an integral part of it. Also, my plan to host and curate Christian resources remains unchanged. They will all be parts of this new website.
I’ve been resting for the past several days. Watching movies mostly. Catching up on my sleep. And doing some chores. Taking my mind away from all the works I need to do.
That is, all the works I need to do by faith.
It does take its toll in a man’s heart. Believing in a vision. And working to achieve it. Having faith in a God who seems intent (at least to me) to always bring me to, and to test, my limits. Especially if there are very little visible rewards — for now.
Hello friends. As you have seen, I’ve been distracted from studying and writing by my latest works for Swordsman Network — planning its future, redesigning this website, publishing audiobooks, and creating a new foundational site, Free Online Bibles.
Also, as I told you, I’ve wanted to finish publishing the WEB Audio Bible ASAP. But God, who is my boss, has had other plans for me. You see, my friends, for the past several days I’ve been trying to solve this problem: how to easily publish books online, particularly the texts of the audiobooks I’m going to host. For like with the audio Bible, I want these texts readily available to you. No need to download anything, or to search for them. And so when you want to listen to a recording, you only have to click the Play button, click on the link for the text, and read along while you listen.
The truth is, though I’m more than willing to hosts these Christian audiobooks on this website, I’m not that willing to publish their corresponding texts here. Given the nature of WordPress, that is just too much work, and too time-consuming. And besides, I don’t want my own writings to be overshadowed by them.