Since the incorporation of edocr many years ago, we have never really been happy with our blog. It was built using Drupal framework with no plugins to enrich blog posts. Commenting was harder, no Disqus to make it easier for you. Whilst we have added changing the blog into our ticketing system, it never moved to the critical path. It has always been “something nice to do”. This past week, we decided to do something about it.
We started by moving the Drupal based blog to WordPress, which was not straight forward as we initially thought. Special script has to be written. As we have very limited comments, we took the decision not to migrate the comments to WordPress.
After seeking feedback through Twitter (thanks to @EwanToo @martinrue @chandika and @aslamnd for various suggestions), we also made a decision to use http://blog.edocr.com instead of the old http://edocr.com/blog.
Having moved the content to new WordPress blog, we took the weekend to theme it, added few vital plugins and corrected the broken URLs. Some of the old posts are irrelevant today, but left them intact as they register status of edocr.com in history. Same could be said about number of companies referred to in blog posts, which sadly, no longer in business, either due to liquidation or acquisitions.
Here is an image of the old blog
We kept the plugins to a bare minimum. Disqus comment system replaces the WordPress comment system with comments hosted and powered by Disqus. Sharethis lets our visitors share posts with others through e-mail and posting to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and others. We also decided to show number of times the blog posts have been bookmarked to key social networking sites. Wickett Twitter Widget displays twitter updates from @edocr, but we are less thrilled with this widget than Sharethis and Disqus. Ideally, we like to display tweets mentioning #edocr than what we have tweeted.
Finding a theme was much harder. We were impressed by the Mailchimp’s theme, but at the end settled for a theme that was designed for holiday blogs rather than for business software blogs. The theme came with enough configuration tools to change every aspect of it. We hope you find our theme exciting and engaging.
We intend to blog on a regular basis to bring to your attention of changes to functionality and features as well as introduce new functionality and features. In addition, we want to share with you how edocr.com is used by professionals and organisations. We also want to provide with tips to extract the maximum value from your investment.
We look forward to interacting with you through our revitalised blog.