Steven's Blog 2.0

Welcome to the new and improved Steven’s Blog.

Well, I guess it isn’t entirely new, but it is effectively a reboot of what’s been in existence.

The majority of the notable changes have occurred in the backend -- I’ve moved from the site being hosted at WordPress.com to running a self-hosted WordPress setup on Media Temple. I deliberated heavily on making the move, mainly because being on WordPress.com worked fine. I didn’t have to worry about backup, .php files, or paying a monthly hosting fee.1 In the end, though, the truth is I wasn’t entirely happy with the site insofar that I felt like I had less control of things. With WordPress.com, you have to pay to gain access to things like CSS and Typekit fonts.2 Likewise, WordPress.com sites can’t be monetized and WordPress displays ads on sites. Besides, being the geek that I am, I just figured running this site by myself would be fun -- and so far, it has been.

Cosmetically, the most trouble I had while setting up the new site was deciding on a theme. I must’ve downloaded at least a half-dozen themes looking for the right one, but none of them really worked for me. It was then I realized that I was using the right theme all along. I decided to stick to my customized Minimum theme by StudioPress. It’s clean, sleek, minimal, and, most importantly, works for me. There’s still a few more things I want to do with the looks of the site like adding a dedicated Archives page, but for right now I’m pleased with how things have turned out. The site’s layout is good, the fonts look sharp, the pages have been updated, and I’m ready to start writing again.

I hope everyone enjoys the redesign. Thank you for supporting my writing by reading!


  1. I picked a great time to move -- Media Temple’s offering 20% off as part of their Summer Starter Kit.  ↩

  2. To be fair, Typekit isn’t free either, but well worth the investment, in my opinion.  ↩