Monday, June 29, 2015 Filed in: Blog stuff
I've heard from some concerned readers that there hasn't been any activity here lately. Well, there's a reason!
As I mentioned at the beginning of May, this site is undergoing a redesign. Actually, more like a transfer: I'm moving from a standalone CMS to Wordpress, to give the site better performance, functionality, and features.
This has proven to be more work than originally thought, so it's taking far more time (and energy and money!) than originally forecast. The biggest problem is that Wordpress has absolutely no way to import the hundreds of pages of blog posts that are currently hosted here, and so each post from 2006 to now has to be laboriously cut-and-pasted into the new system. Along the way all of the outdated/broken links are being fixed as well.
Rather than add more work to be done by continuing to post articles to this blog, I've decided to wait until it's all up on the new system. I'd hoped to have it done by now, but it looks like several more weeks of work.
It'll be worth it, though, as I'll be free to use more pictures and more video than I ever could on the existing site. I've got a lot of articles in the backlog to write, too, so there will be little shortage of new material.
In the meantime, hang on and read some of the archives — I'm finding some neat stuff I'd forgotten about over the years!
-=[ Grant ]=-
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Filed in: Rifles
Thursday, May 07, 2015 Filed in: Blog stuff
Just a bit over a year ago I spun off all of the personal defense, home security, and training articles to a new blog over at my training site, www.personalsecurity.us
After I did that I started getting complaints: following two blogs was too much work, people missed being able to get all of the information I put out in one place, and some people had trouble figuring out who I was when the site didn’t have my name on it.
At the same time I grew really enamored with the software which runs the PSI site. This site is done in an offline CMS called RapidWeaver; the PSI site is done in the ubiquitous Wordpress. Since Wordpress is pretty much “the” standard in website development these days, and RapidWeaver exists in its own little backwater, there are lots of things I can do on the PSI site that I can’t do here. Many of those things make for a better user experience, some make it easier on me, and others are just plain cool!
All of this together (along with some consulting work from friends of mine in the firearms and IT businesses) have convinced me to bring everything back under one roof. In the next few weeks this site will undergo a radical remodeling, the self defense articles will be back, and you’ll have some neat new features to play with (not all at once, of course, because time and money will dictate how quickly things happen.)
The PSI site will continue for our local students to find out about (and reserve places in) our Concealed Carry for Oregon classes. Everything else will be here!
This change will also make possible new video features (yes, I’ve paid attention to those requests) as well as some neat downloadable items. It will also make it possible to add far more illustrations to articles and the site itself, which I hope will make the site more interesting and informative.
So, when does all this happen? I’m working right now on the new site; it’s about one-third finished. At some point I’ll “flip the switch” and the new site will suddenly appear!
If there’s anything you think I should add to the remodeled site, or anything you think I could do without, please let me know in the comments!
-=[ Grant Cunningham ]=-
Monday, April 27, 2015 Filed in: General gun stuff
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Filed in: Revolvers
Photo courtesy of Secret Compartment Furniture
As you may have heard, I attended the annual NRA Show & Meetings this last weekend (frankly, I only go for the show; the internal machinations of the NRA interest me not in the least) and I did see a couple of things that were pretty darned neat.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Filed in: Rifles
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