PsychPage started over a decade ago as a place to organize and house my course notes and materials for students. Over the years it became a hobby for me, and sprawled into multiple sections and subsections for sharing different interests I’ve developed and things I’ve learned. I’ve started revisions to it three times in the last four years, but heavy work responsibilities have always kept me from really finishing them, as well as putting the time into PsychPage on an ongoing basis that I wanted.
As a result, over the last five months, I have been developing a new plan for this revision, one that includes updating and maintaining the site content and organization, improving the technical management and backbone of the site, and reflecting on how to build a community around the site. And so….
This month begins a whole new revision to PsychPage, which will use WordPress as a content management system.
- This will allow me to do a much better job of tagging and organizing content, as well as optimizing it for search engines, than I could with the previous system.
- In preparation for this, I have removed outdated and seldom-viewed pages, and revised many continuing pages with new content, examples, and more up to date research and references. I’ll be posting these pages in the months to come, and if all works as I hope it does, the revised blog posts will simply replace the old pages easily. Unfortunately, I believe I have lost the previous postings and comments on Psychblog, and will have to manually recreate these posts.
- Now that I have left administrative duties at my school and returned to teaching, I will also have new content to add, which WordPress will allow me to post more easily and quickly. Some of the new material can be shorter and simpler, like book reviews and such, while other material can be more complex and drawn from course handouts and materials I’m developing. i am hoping the WordPress app for my iPad will also allow me to post anywhere, instead of just from my desk.
- This new version of the site will also allow for comments from the community, and eventually ratings, on each article as well. My hope is that this kind of change will make the information here more useful, and bring PsychPage more in line with what other sites have been doing for quite a while now.
- The theming and plugin options of WordPress also will allow me to make a mobile version of the site that is easier to use, faster to load, and easier to read on smaller screens.
As I said, PsychPage has been a hobby for me over the years, which means that making additions and innovative revisions to the site means thinking them up first, then figuring out how to do them on my own. The new options available in tools like WordPress for example, and the shared knowledge of other webmasters, bloggers, and site designers and creators opens up many new possibilities, and makes them much easier than they were over a decade ago. But I’m still learning the tech and doing this in my spare time, so please be patient as content, tagging, visual style, etc… change and shift over the comming months.
Richard Niolon, PhD
Webmaster of PsychPage