You guessed it. More Drupal. The site was just updated to Drupal 8.6.0.
Also, yesterday I added a new custom module called QueryPages. It's a contextual sort of functionality, but used directly in Views. What it does is allow you to use the current page (when there is a pager on screen) as a contextual argument.
If that doesn't mean anything to you, that's okay.
Yeh, I know, more Drupal. But this was a major improvement.
So after I made the custom error pages I then discovered a key weakness in the out-of-the-box Search module: my error pages would come up in search results, because they are just another bit of content, just like this post. The answer was a better search engine, something I had planned on adding eventually, but now I had a reason for sooner rather than later.
It's time consuming to configure and tweak to get just the way you want it, but you can get it just the way you want it!
Search results now include only what I want them to include, and that includes way more options than I had before, including any media—images and audio tracks—that may be related to a search term. Plus, as I begin re-organizing the topics from the old journal posts (the old site had those but were lost in the translation), those topics are included in search results, and they in themselves are like pre-formatted searches.
I still need to get back to the issue of redirecting traffic that is coming in from old links. That's what I was up to a few days ago, before I went off on a (Drupal) bender.
Update - Rather than adding yet another boring post about the development progress of this site, I'll just update this one to add that I finally got around to dealing with setting up the redirect stuff I was going to do earlier. It was painless.
So I just pushed up the v1.01 tag and I now consider the Carbon Harbor Journal officially back from the dead.
I don't intend to make this site about Drupal or site-building in general, but that's where I am now. In order to blog about anything on this particular site, I have to finish building the site.
Yesterday I was checking the logs and spotted a "page not found" because someone had come in on "http://www.carbonharbor.com/2007/06/my-thoughts-on-paris-hilton.html". That definitely came in from some reference—Google, maybe?—to the old blog. The outside link was bad, but it came to the to the right place; the content is still here, but the link is no outdated and no longer good.
So I decided to work on error pages, such as 403 (forbidden/access denied) & 404 (page not found) responses. That's a first step; I wanted to customize those errors, the 404 in particular, but also the 403 because I see a few of those in the log as well.
That's a good first step, to handle the errors, but the next step is to handle some redirects, since I still have the archive of the old blog, and have a pretty good idea what the old links used to be, and how to handle those and redirect them to the current (same) content on the rebooted site.
I'm about cooked now, so I think I'll finish this post tomorrow...
The Carbon Harbor Continuum is a rebirth of an old blog I started in 2005, the year following the creation of the Carbon Harbor album. The site covered a variety of territory, but generally speaking it served as a personal journal on creative exploration.
Looks like some changes at Blogger are going to mean I have to chose between an overhaul of this site or to just stop updating it. Seems I have already chosen the latter option by default, a long time ago. I may migrate this to another format, but that's not on my short list of things to do. So this is likely going to be the last post.
Recently, on various occassions, I have had the idea of re-booting this blog into a different format.
Oh, I'd keep the blog part, for general blogging, but mainly change the format of the Carbon Harbor specific stuff. It's been percolating in my head again, along with many changes. So, I'm thinking of ripping out all the posts I have on Carbon Harbor and the music, using that as my backstory reference, and then re-introducing the story as something of an episodic novel.