Over the holidays I’ve been busily nerding away on a major overhaul of my website.

It’s been nearly three years since I updated my installation of WordPress from 2.0.5 to the latest 2.9 release, and it’s only months away from the ten-year anniversary of jodiemcneill.com.

However, with this major update to the core ‘engine’ of my website, it was necessary for me to change the appearance of the website, given the fact that the template I previously used was not compatible with some of the features of the latest version of WordPress.

So, one thing led to another, and the result is that many new features have been added, plus some nice improvements in appearance and functionality.

For those who get excited about these kinds of things, here are some of the changes:

  • Added an RSS feed of my weekly ‘Modern Ministry’ blog at sydneyanglicans.net in the sidebar
  • Added a funky Flash word cloud of my popular categories
  • Installed a new Twitter widget that displays my latest Tweets
  • Re-organised my categories into ten top-level categories
  • Removed the event calendar
  • Added a large option of icons to enable the easy sharing of my posts with social networking sites
  • Updated my list of links, including an ‘Affiliations’ list
  • Created a Picasa account, and have provided access to my albums from the ‘Photos’ page (and a fancy ‘Latest Photos’ sidebar widget)
  • Enabled automatic tweeting of new posts

If you’re reading this on a FaceBook note or by an RSS feed, then drop by jodiemcneill.com and check it out.

What do you think of the changes? Any other suggestions for improvements? Let me know in the comments.