Setting up Ads and Moving from TypePad to WordPress

I’ve been very busy increasing my WordPress skill set. First, I learned how to integrate Google AdSense into my WordPress blogs. I should note here, that sites like this free WordPress blog, are not eligible for this type of advertising integration. Instead, I did a test on my Dreamhost hosted site.

And today, I learned how to import a TypePad blog into WordPress, setting up The Chocolate Blog. Now I just need to set up my new email, customize my new site and then announce the move on my TypePad blog.



WordPress 101

In my quest to become a web developer, I’ve decided to start with learning WordPress. Since WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) that is widely used and based on PHP and MySQL, I figured it was a good place to start.

Here’s the weird thing — I learned HTML way back in the day. I’m talking the mid to late 90’s, when the web was young and a fancy page contained frames. So, this new, simpler web design thing seems strange to me and much divorced from the bones of the thing. After all, I started playing around with computers when I was about 10 years old — programming in BASIC on a TRS-80. I’m hoping that as I get further into WordPress, I’ll see more of the programming side of things.

Today I toyed around with setting up a server at home using an old computer, but I decided against it. Instead of making things more difficult for myself, my plan is to start with the “free” WordPress blog, move into a hosted site (possibly setting up a new site for Black Sheep Bags), and then see where I want to go from there.