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More Site Redevelopment

In the Spring of 2010, I switched the site over from Drupal to Joomla. The Joomla experiment was interesting, but as a CMS, it remained complicated and abstruse in a way that was initially intriguing but eventually came to be discouraging (and the theme-building and plug-in making community for Joomla seemed to me to be a bit overly commercialized compared to other platforms).

So, given that I’m administering several WordPress installations for other people, I figured it makes sense to go ahead and set this site up with WordPress as well. Hopefully, this will also reinvigorate my posting frequency as well!

Site Redevelopment

As a project for the summer of 2009, I’m going to be working on reinvigoration through a wholesale redesign. I’ve just swapped the site over to the Drupal CMS, and I’m going to be playing with customizing the Drupal themes and organizing the general site structure. I plan to use RatsAlley as something more like a blog, but hopefully incorporating some of the advanced document management features Drupal allows to go a bit outside the standard diary-style blog.

If you’re looking for the old content (most of the Google hits were for the Ghosthunting article), that’s all still preserved, though the URLs have changed. You can find everything from the old site at

I’ll be doing a lot of behind the scenes work probably through June 2009, but hopefully new and exciting content will begin appearing in the not too distant future.

Thanks for your interest,

Patrick Lane