The Usability Post
Thoughts on design and user experience by Dmitry Fadeyev

Site Update

When I started working on this blog over a month ago I had a choice: pick up an off the shelf blogging system like WordPress or code my own. Having recently dived into the wonderful world of Ruby on Rails development I decided to code my own. I felt the flexibility of your own code and the freedom to easily add features outweighed the benefits of a large feature set an off the shelf CMS gave you.

You know what – I was wrong.

Sure, coding my own blog was fun, and Rails made it particularly easy to add anything I wanted quickly. Problems arose from time to time, but they were all fairly easy to solve and patch. The thing is, when you’re running a blog, time spent maintaining code is time lost writing posts.

So now – I’ve decided to switch engines; out goes my own CMS, and in comes WordPress, the most popular blogging CMS out there right now.

To cut the long story short, over the last few days I’ve successfully managed to migrate the old Rails site to the new WordPress blog, together with all the comments everyone has made. I’ve also created a simpler theme for the site to give the content more focus. It’s not quite polished yet and I’ll be making many updates to the design in the near future, but I just wanted to have something ready for use quickly. I think it turned out quite well so far and hope you like it.

I’m also happy to see that a lot of people have found the blog useful. RSS subscriber count recently broke 1000, which is a nice little milestone and I’d like to thank anyone who has subscribed. Having sorted out the back-end issues, I’m now back to fully focus on the content and will begin posting daily from now on.

“For even falsehood, uttered by the tongue of man, seemed like truth and light before this hopelessly-deaf and unresponsive silence.”

My new book: a translation of selected short stories by Leonid Andreyev, the father of Russian Expressionism from the Silver Age of Russian literature. A piercing, pitiless glance into the heart of the human condition.

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Further Reading

Proust wrote that the true voyage of discovery is not to visit strange lands, but to possess other eyes, to behold a hundred universes that each of them beholds. Thus, in the words of Ruskin, what good books give us is not mere knowledge, but sight.

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