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Hello There….

I know it has been ages since I have even bothered to update my blogs, I have been busy, and there just never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything I need to do.

With saying that though I want to thank everyone who followed this blog, you are the reason I haven’t abandoned blogging a long time ago.

So what’s new with me, well… a lot

Right now I am moving this blog, and also splitting it, I have finally decided that I should stop kidding around, and get serious, and start taking myself seriously, so on that note I have decided to move my wordpress.com blog to self-hosted wordpress.

I am using Digital Ocean with ServerPilot, and so far everything is going well, that 9+ months I spent using Ubuntu, are coming in handy though.

The splitting part: DDMBOSS Designs to me, should focus on Digital Art, and showcase, designs from great artists as well as give you tutorials, to help you become better. Hence its slogan (Learn, Create, Inspire), the tutorials though would be done by me, so clearly the tutorials featured would be things that I can do. This site would also act as my portfolio site, that I can show to persons interested in hiring me.

The new blog: Delano Maloney, this blog, would be my personal blog, where you would see movie reviews, song playlists, quotes, journals, and random rants about things, I would also do a bit of tutorials as well, but mainly Developer, and IT Technician type of tutorials, this is because, the DDMBOSS Designs blog is not going to do any tutorials on Web Design.

The state of this blog and my tumblr blog: This blog will become archived after a while, my popular tutorials, will be carried over and updated. My tumblr blog will stay active because it is a repost of all my blogs, so DDMBOSS Designs and Delano Maloney, would repost to it.

How soon will all this be ready, well the sites are up and running, they are in maintainace mode currently, I am narrowing in on a January 2015, official launch date though, (why so long), I have to plan these sites out properly, as well as get themes and necessary plugins in place.

If you are interested in following the sites a head of their launch dates here are the links

http://ddmbossdesigns.com/

http://delanomaloney.com/

It Has Been So Long IDK What to Write

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Some Days I Wish I Could Just Start All Over

Its been a month since my last blog post the one in which I promised to start blogging again regularly, well as you can see I am full of baloney. You know some days I browse through my blog and I just wish that I had known then what I know now and not have turned this blog into the “Windows 8″ of blogs, you know and honestly I just feel like just tearing this blog down and starting all over, fresh, but then to start all over and regain all the followers I have is not an easy task.

So this is what I am going to do, the entire tutorials section has to be revamped, and a lot of categories are going to be dropped, and I don’t mean hidden, I mean dropped as in no more shall it exist on the blog, unless I re-add it, and if I re-add any category, it would mean that I personally, have written up a tutorial for that said category, no more link cataloging, it has to be original or I must have done the tutorial myself before I can add it, which would greatly put myself control in check.

As of now, I mostly focus on web and graphic design so that is what most of the tutorials will be on, I will keep the tech category, though its name might change, because I do electronics repairs from time to time and it would be nice to post a few tutorials, but I would have to watch said tutorials from start to finish before I post them.

Movie Madness Weekend and Quotes, those I am not troubling them, because I know that as soon as I have more free time, they will be back in full. The inspiration category, will now have subcategories, instead of one post with everything from graphic design to mockups. Articles and series categories are gone.

I really wish I could post more regularly but, I am strapped for time, last week my motto was eat sleep work repeat, but that is a story for another time.

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What I’ve Been Up To – June 11th 2014

7257479392_434a3093b1_oSince the last time I posted anything on this blog, Life has been somewhat calmer, I am still not getting my full 8 hours of sleep, but I am much more relaxed.

Right now, I am still getting used to getting up everyday at 5 and having to get ready for work, still a new concept for me. For the foreseeable future I would try to drop one of these mega updates where I just write any and everything into one long rambling of a post, strap a bunch of pictures, videos and quotes and then hit publish.

So last time, I talked about the sites that I am working on, so after a huge spike in resource usage, still don’t know why, I just said “to hell with it”, and I took out BuddyPress from all the sites, and started using Disqus as my commenting system, so far, the sites are running smoothly, but I haven’t told my boss about it as yet, (that’s a bridge to be crossed at a later date). I am looking into though, moving existing WordPress sites into a multisite, but so far, everyone is saying the same thing, stay far far far away from the default WordPress importer.

The method I keep encountering is the manual way, where you go into you MySQL database, and get the specific tables and copy the data over, the run a few scripts to update the permalinks, now I am all for them, but they do seem a bit challenging, especially since a lot of these tutorials, seem to just gloss over things they feel everyone would/should know.

Once I can get it up and running smoothly I will try to do it, with a multisite, I have set up, and if it works, then I will start attempting to transfer the sites, I do have to recreate the existing multisite, but that isn’t any problem for me.

I did manage to drool over the new trailer for GTA V for PS4 and PC, even though the trailer was captured using a PS4, those graphics brought tears to my eyes.

kinopoisk.ruBut I quickly grew up, and manned up,
Because I got my hands on 300: Rise of an Empire, now don’t hate me or anything, but well all knew this movie was going to be shit compared to the original, but I watched the movie nonetheless, and I must say I was not disappointed, though, it is shit, I did want to watch it a couple of times more before I deleted it.

The storyline behind the movie was a C- at best but the action scenes and slow motion, made it hard for you to take your eyes off of it, and for those of you interested in the sex scene, she was hot, he was a noob, but that is my opinion

I have started watching a JavaScript tutorial course, so far it seems promising but 8hrs of video (God Help Me), but I do have a couple of months to work with so why stress. I still haven’t done any major designs, or graphic work since the last design I posted a year ago, but I am keeping my skills sharp. I am also still taking music lessons, my instrument of choice being the bass guitar, though, my mind and my hands know what to do, my biggest problem is getting them to do it.

Hopefully, you made it to the end of whatever I just wrote there, as always, Live, Love, Enjoy: Life.

Quote: Don't Trust People Who Don't Love Themselves

Hello Again

Quote: Don't Trust People Who Don't Love ThemselvesA few weeks ago, I decided to drop everything, go full antisocial, no blogging, just pure studying, boy am I a hypocrite, I never studied for my exams until the night before, but I did get a lot of work done, and yes I still have my job, which is now the longest I have ever been employed for (because I have never been employed). Anyway water under the bridge, so without furdo wordy lingo WAZZUPP!

I must say it was extremely boring, everyday, I was “you have to study”, and then I would respond with, “I have time”, but I did my three exams, I think I passed them, I won’t say 90% but you know 75% never killed anyone.

Onto the topic of my employment, I am now working with SVGBC, I worked with them already in the past, and a place opened up and I got called. My job outline, as how I interpreted it, I am basically in charge of their websites, I am responsible for the web design, graphic design, content publishing, social media accounts, and general web maintenance of their four websites, which basically boils down to a shit ton of work, and I am only actively managing two sites. I like the work, because it is my area of passion, but for one person to manage, is too daunting of a task.

When I started, only one of the sites was being actively maintained, it was an entertainment type website for a radio station, so I went in got some fresh posts up and whatever, got the plugins up to scratch, got rid of all the extra rubbish and called it good to go.

Next up was a smaller website, this site has more of a pop culture type vybe, because it’s for an easy listening radio station, “fair enough”, I said, and I started working on a theme layout for it, I decided to modify the TwentyFourteen theme, which you can check out hereIt turned out really great, though I still have a bit of work to do on it, with regards to the post layout, I don’t really like how its the full post you get on the homepage, looking into making it more of a classic blogging layout.

Ofcourse, while I was redesigning the theme, I was busy designing a background for the first website, now unbeknownst to me, the header and background are one image, meaning that, you have to measure everything out and scale it to fit precisely where it is supposed to fit, now after I had came up with a design, which in truth and fact, probably the worst design I have ever created, I had to then go chop it, scale it and blend it to fit the area, needless to say, this turned out terrible, and I had to scrap it and start over.

The next design I came up with, is the one being used now, I had to do a lot of tweaking though, a total of 18 revisions, but while I personally don’t like the revision in use, (it wasn’t my favorite one, I will post a picture for you to compare), it does look really great, and I am pleased with the outcome. [actual look]

Present day: I am currently messing around with the caching plugin w3 Total Cache, I have used it before, but I notice that when I have the options in disk mode, there are always problems, but when they are in APC, because the shared hosting plan in use allows for the enabling of various tools, so I enabled it, the plugin runs really well, so I am testing it for around 30 days, before I move it over to the rest of the websites.

The sites currently allow persons to register on the site, I really am not a fan of this anymore, mainly due to all the major sites that have been hacked recently (ebay), so I will be dropping that and put in place an email newsletter for the websites, but I won’t use WordPress’ email feature, I would probably use Mailchimp, as they have a free scheme in place and it will allow me to get familiar with the newsletter business, plus I can sell this idea to company as a way for them to market products to their readers, so win-win.

Another thing I am looking into, three of the sites are ran on a wordpress multisite while the last remaining one is seperate, the problem that is stopping me from just bringing over the last site is that, it is the main site which was being kept up to date and has 1000+ posts, each of which has several images, so I need a better way to move posts that just the wordpress export/import method, because that it a hit/miss type thing, and when it hits its great but if it misses, I am f**ked.

Other than that the only thing I did was that I change the slogan for this website / business (coming soon), rather that Live, Love, Enjoy: Life / Learn, Create, Inspire: Art, its now just Live, Love, Enjoy: Life, because that is what is important, it makes no sense to spend half your life doing something you hate, and then regretting everything after, take chance if it doesn’t pan out, you tried!, and that is what matters.

Right now I have to end this post I have been typing for far too long, and I need to be up at 5AM local time, so I gots to hit my bed with my head. So I just want to say thank you and enjoy the rest of your night

Delano Maloney

DDMBOSS DESIGNS

Live, Love, Enjoy: Life