Talk Tyria is live!

DUN DUN DUN! Finally, I got this thing working!

As I threatened promised many moons ago, I had planned on getting myself parked in a domain with my own hosting and all that. Glad to say it’s finally here…! (again, sorry to a few of you who were getting ping-back spam every time I tried to re-import…)

The site is about 95% up and done… the biggest project I’m tackling right now is editing each entry to fix the images. Between a sloppy import and new, more advanced layout, many images have broken or resized themselves to make babies cry.

But other than that, everything should be golden.

What’s the same!
Pretty much all the old entries about Guild Wars or that had at least 60% Guild Wars talk have been dragged over. Yes, even the stupid screenshot posts from 2006. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, my tags and comments came for the ride, too.

What’s New!
A few things. The main point was splitting off from my main blog, Izziebytes, which I’ll still be updating / working on independently. But I wanted to dedicate a space to Guild Wars. I’ve hyper-organized the categories to make it easier to find specific topics. Ironically I probably have more cats and tags than I do entries at this point, but that will change with time.
One big thing is that I activated a mobile version of the site. Modern inernets dictates that something like 40% of americans have a smartphone or other mobile device to go online with. So that small but much needed addition is worth it.
Lastly I’m working on getting this deal more web 2.0 friendly. So all those feeds and sharing buttons should work out in that area.

What’s Coming!
A lot. I plan on doing a few video series, more community events / involvements, a little bit of news coverage (in the talk-show reactive style, not reporting. I’ll leave that to GuildMag <3) and a few other secret projects I’m excited about but too tech-retarded to do right away.
There’s a lot more to explore when Guild Wars 2 comes closer, too. Just have to wait and see what comes, right?

All in all at the core this is a blog and will continue to be one. Just hopefully now more fun and fabulousness will be had. Enjoy, and feel free to leave comments / complaints / suggestions or e-mail me at izziebytes[a]

AnitLurk Q&A: So what do you guys think? Comments? Suggestions? Complaints? Rage? Let me know if anything’s broken or looks horrible. I’d love to fix it. XD

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  • Very cool, can’t wait to see what you do with the new place. 🙂 I’ll make sure you get on our blogroll.

    • Izari

      Thanks Rav! I really appreciate it. 😀

  • Sounded from twitter like a lot of hard work, grats on getting it up and running.

    what are these videos going to be about?

    • Izari

      Thanks a ton. It was a bit of a pain in the bum, but I got it working finally.

      As far as videos: that “Build Wars” series mainly, covering different builds, both popular and experimental, and how to play them. I wanna get my feet wet with video-editing again so I can do stuff like that for GW2 and possibly beta post-NDA if it happens and if I get in.

      Probably take footage of in-game events and stuff too. My new video card has me going a little wonky.

      • ahhh yes, that does sound cool. i’d definitely watch those.

      • I think videos are a great idea. You should get all the technicalities sorted out in time for the early days of beta/release, because there is going to be SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much hype, and the highest-quality videos will skyrocket in popularity.

        I saw a video recently of a gamer’s face side-by-side with the game window, while he was chatting on Ventrilo with the people he was playing with. I think this is the most casual, natural way to commentate gameplay. It would be perfect for guides, and gives the presenter a chance to let her personality shine through.

        This kind of discussion is what I’d love Quaggan to have – talking about fan media from conceptual to technical and everything in-between – and hopefully finding the right people to help out.

  • It looks quite sleek, I like it! I can see that you put a lot of talk into it and I like the name! Good luck with the gw blog and I’ll be sure to check it out every now an then!

    • Izari

      Thanks, Dutch. <33
      PS: I'm snagging the button for you guys to put up as soon as I get a chance to update the sidebar. I'm just tired of coding today. Oiiii.

  • Woohoo!

    There are some must-have WordPress plugins that I always install. It’s been a while since I managed a WP (having migrated to and stopped working for a company that used it).

    Google Analytics for WordPress
    Google XML Sitemaps
    All in One SEO Pack
    Contact Form 7
    Maintenance Mode
    TinyMCE Advanced

    I’ve used all of these on every WordPress site I’ve made. My Page Order and My Category Order were also used, but not as relevant to a blog. If you have any questions about configuration, I’m happy to help.

    • Izari

      Ahhh! Thanks for the pointers. I can’t wait to try them out.
      Seriously, some of the most fun I’ve had is messing around with plugins and seeing what they do and how they work.

      This is all so exciting for me. I’m so glad I have been given so much advice from you experienced peeps. You and Jonny have been awesome. @_@

  • Finally stumbled upon your new site (should’ve followed those trackbacks sooner!). I like what you’ve done with the place.