I’m really excited to share all of this week’s happenings with you guys. First, let’s dig into one of the most exciting… NEW DESIGNS!
New Design Work
You might have a big question mark over your head and be wondering, “Didn’t she stop taking on new design work?” The answer is yes. But I’m still finishing up with a few clients that had been booked since before Christmas. But I’m down to the last few!
Spines & Covers
It was a HUGE pleasure to work with Samantha from Spines & Covers on this design. For starters, I LOVED her vision. It was exactly the kind of design I had been itching to make. But also, she was such an easy client! I feel like Samantha and I just clicked. She knew exactly what she wanted, I knew exactly what she wanted, and we hit it out of the park on the first try.
Jen was another fantastic client. This project spanned several months so we actually spent a fair amount of time talking about our lives. Jen was there during the horrible ear infection of 2014!
Jen is a blogger and an editor. This meant I got to do some fun coding work for the website, including a custom post type for testimonials, and a ton of user-friendly boxes in the admin area so she can easily update everything herself.
I has a new server, I has a new seeerver!
After a few bumps and bruises, I finally have my new server all set up! So far I’ve only migrated over Nose Graze (as kind of a test drive) but it’s been going super well! What’s the difference between my new server and my old one? Well, here’s some info about the new one:
- Better CPU
- 64G of RAM, instead of 16G
- SSDs in RAID-10 instead of normal hard drives
- Using a different Nginx configuration with Varnish (old server wasn’t using Varnish)
- Using HHVM
And while we’re here, let’s check out how awesomely fast Nose Graze now is:
Om nom nom.
To be fair, I didn’t do a test before the move, but whatever. It’s still fast and I loooves it.
Eventually I will be moving all my Book Host clients over to the new server as well. But since we’re using new-to-us technologies (and HHVM itself is very new) I need to be the guinea pig before I move everyone else over. 😉
In case you haven’t been around the Twitterverse lately, I’ve been working on version 3 of the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.
I'm working on allowing blogs to have a different social media widget for each user. Co-bloggers, I'm thinking of you! #UBBv3— Ashley (Nose Graze) (@NoseGraze) January 31, 2015
Version 3 is a COMPLETE re-coding and re-structuring of UBB. But while I’m at it, I’m working on incorporating features that people have been asking for for AGES. My new system makes it slightly easier for me to add those in. Plus, starting from scratch always seems to make things easier, haha.
Some new features will include:
- An updated settings panel. The old one is soooo outdated. I’m thinking of going with a super minimalistic approach that blends right in with WordPress. (I actually took a totally different approach at first, but I’m thinking of scrapping that and starting over with the minimalistic one.)
- The ability to add multiple books per post. This is THE BIGGEST update. You know you love it. 😉
- Each user can have their own social media widget. This is now possible because I’m rewriting the way it works. Instead of adding your social media usernames on the settings page, you’ll now enter them on the widget itself. This makes it possible to have multiple widgets, all with different usernames (and icons).
- And more?!? What do you want to see? Let me know!
I’m back on the C25K wagon!
You may remember that I started Couch to 5K in June. I got to week six or seven, but never finished the program. I’ve decided to jump back into it! I started over and I’m currently in week four. So far it’s been going really well but OMG the transition between weeks three and four has been brutal. It feels like such a big step up…
BUT I CAN DO THIS!!