New Day, New Site

Hello digital world! After almost one year, I’m back. You know what that means? EPIC FAIL. Yes. I promised more updates and posts since then, but clearly that did not happen. As usual, the woes of life (mostly work and misery) have ensued on a regular basis and this site has been neglected. However, recently I bought a new laptop (the BEAUTIFUL Microsoft Surface Laptop) and it really inspired me to get back into technical hobbies. I was actually just trying to update the copyright information for the site when I apparently nuked the entire design and had to take it offline. This, it turns out, was a really good thing because it lead to me redesigning the entire site with a new colour scheme and theme. I decided to go with my favourite colour (PURPLE!) and I absolutely love the new result.

The new layout, along with a slew of server optimization and plugin upgrades have greatly improved this space and I really do hope to start getting back into the rhythm of posting. Maybe not as much lengthy contest (yeah right, liar…), but definitely some interesting pieces here and there. One new thing I want to introduce is a travel category as I’ve recently started exploring and I would love to share my experiences. I will also be working on more reviews to allow for new media content.

I will try my best this year to continue the trend of posting new things. Wish me luck!

Time To Refresh!

It is absolutely unforgivable that I have not posted since 2015; it’s the middle of 2017 now! Where on Earth does the time go? In all honesty, a lot has changed from then until now, but I won’t waste time going over excuses. Instead, I’m going to dive into some much-needed news that will refresh everything!

I’ve officially re-branded this blog as the complete website for Shiaedoeu.com. I realized the other day that I’ve had a website template pending since 2012, which is not only severely outdated at this point, but it was never fully developed. I know I will never find the correct amount of time to design, code, and maintain a manual website, so I decided to revamp this blog as my new homepage. That being said, I went through each page/post and updated all links accordingly, so everything should be working just fine with the new site address. I also made some minor design changes to give the site a better feel.

In other news, I had to temporarily turn off registration due to the site being overrun by spam users. While, yes, the site does have anti-spam filters and plugins in effect, something is definitely wrong and I will be looking into fixing the issue. I’ve moderated all spam comments and purged all of the fake users, so in case any posts or profiles that belonged to someone real have gone missing, I do apologize and I will try my best to get this under control.

Lastly, I have many pending posts that have been in the works over the last two years, so I will look into finishing those. This includes a slew of game and show Reviews. I will also be adding more Music to the site and building up the Stream Center. On the topic of posts, I have added one more shareable options to each page; you can now quick-share posts straight into WhatsApp if you are browsing the mobile site through your phone.

There is definitely a lot going on for me career-wise right now, but I won’t let that stop me from posting every now and again. As always, I do hope this site is a great showcase of my opinion, works, and talent. If you have any thoughts to share, don’t hesitate to Contact Me. Otherwise, full speed ahead!

Optimization Time

Over the last week I’ve been conducting a couple of noteworthy updates seeing as though I have had the time on my hands. I’ve scarcely made any major announcements over the last year so I figured I should mention some things right about now. Here goes!

Server Upgrades

I totally took for granted that I’ve had this site for YEARS, and in that time I have barely explored the settings and options available to me. This week I reviewed everything and have started optimizing the site. In light of the fact that I still haven’t developed a fully functional homepage, I’ve directed Shiaedoeu.com to this blog and will continue to use this blog as the main index of my site for now. I found I was behind several versions of PHP, so I took the time to upgrade that in order to improve the functionality of these posts. While I was at it, I took a look at WordPress‘ development tools and I have since implemented some upgrades there as well. Recently I debuted audio playlists as an option on this blog, but I’ve also installed a download manager so I can share files as needed in the future. Also, I’ve been able to raise the the allotted memory and disk space given to this blog, which leads to the next point…

Media Refreshment

I spent the last few days taking every piece of video and audio down from this blog and re-encoding them into higher quality versions. I was previously limited to a certain margin of quality, but when I was performing the upgrades I was able to lift these limitations. I’m very happy about this because the video and audio quality is definitely much better. I must forewarn that because my videos are all in full HD format and the audio has been upsized, the load times for all streaming media will be a bit slower. Hang in there, the links aren’t broken, it just takes some time to preload the content. Unfortunately at this time, video playback is still not supported using Internet Explorer. I will work on this in the coming weeks.

Stream Center

The Stream Center is finally now open. It took me a while to decide how I would implement this; the original plan was to create a subdomain stream site from scratch, but the coding work is too much for me. Besides, WordPress has so many possibilities that I am quite pleased to keep everything here under one roof. This static page will be updated to contain all media in one place for quick access and serve as an index.

Future Plans

Right now my personal life is allowing me much free time to work on many things, so as long as that lasts I want to dive into making more posts about a variety of different topics and genres. Look out for added categories and pages over the next little while. As mentioned above, I am trying my best to bring cross-browser compatibility to the table, so I will try to get all streamed content to function in Internet Explorer very soon. I am also adding a few extensions and plugins that might offer a variety of new services, such as the download manager I mentioned before.

That’s it! Please bare with me as I make this place better and better. I am but a lone soldier in this empty world!

Welcome to… me!

Words cannot express how thrilled I am to finally be rolling out this blog (though, words will have to do the trick since this is, ironically, a blog). I’ve been saying to myself for years that I really want this, but I never got the chance to actually shape it. However, 2014 seems to be the year and here it is! blog.Shiaedoeu.com: a place all about my world meeting yours.

I’ll be honest… I plan for this blog to be very random and cover a whole spectrum of topics, because really that’s how my mind works. I’ll be sharing all kinds of updates as there are many new things on the horizon for this site. I also want to get into doing movie and music reviews that I think are worth sharing, as well as some lessons I’ve learned in recent times. I hope that the general public will take a liking to my madness! Bear with me as there will be many face-lifts and edits along the way as I’m still ironing out the design I have in mind for this place, as well as still coding the main websites that need to go up.

Lastly, I’ll try my very best to be on top of the game even though my life is a little bit hectic. Much love to all of the people who’ve followed my work for years and wish me luck with all of these new endeavors! Ciao~!