This page summarises the changes that have taken place on the MMMporium/Mercia McMahon family of websites. The most recent changes appear at the top of the page with older updates retained as a historical record. As you can see there have a lot of changes, but we will always endeavour to provide a way to locate old links.
Frustrations with Drupal 8 have led to the abandonment of my book about the content management system and the switch of this website back to HTML/CSS from its brief time back with Drupal 7. Brexit in Context, Contextual Politics, and the Mercia McMahon author site have all reverted to HTML/CSS from Drupal 8. The MMMporium website remains on Drupal 8, but is likely to change as well. The main problems with Drupal 8 were not apparent to site visitors, except that more typos may have appeared due to the difficulties with setting up a spell-checker in Drupal 8, which also made my section on setting up a spellchecker in Drupal 7 redundant.
The publishing.mmmporium.com website existed only because mmmporium.com was acting as a repository for all MMMporium sites, but with mmmporium.com returning to being focused on the publishing business there was no further need for the publishing subdomain and so it was removed and no longer exists. The wwww.mmmporium.com website on web design has also been remaindered as it only had one article on it about Drupal and that has been moved to tech.merciamcmahon.com. Finally the services.mmmporium.com subdomain has been removed as it advertised services that are not currently offered as MMMporium is at present a purely publishing business and no longer offers editing and copy writing services.
MMMporium.com, merciamcmahon.com, faithindoubt, and transwrites all began life as paid for websites hosted on WordPress.com. The underlying sites that those domains pointed to were all retained on WordPress.com as free sites, but the content was removed as free WordPress.com sites must not contain content duplicated from elsewhere on the internet. As the nature of the sites has substantially changed those sites have been uploaded. They will not be updated with new articles, but will be left as a historical archive of the original articles.
As part of the conversion of MMMporium.com to a pure html site it has ceased to be an article repository and reverted to its original purpose as a site for Mercia McMahon's publishing and editorial business MMMporium. This move has been planned for a while with the repository becoming just backups and the main copies retained on the individual MMMporium or Mercia McMahon websites. The repository was being retained purely for the purpose of writing a book on using the Drupal content management system for a text heavy site, but that book project has been mothballed while the future direction of Drupal remains uncertain. So MMMporium.com is now free to return to a focus on the MMMporium business, which is the trading name I use primarily for publishing my books. Consequently the publishing.mmmporium.com site is no longer required and has been abandoned.
MMMporium.com had been the last hold out in terms of websites still powered by the Drupal content management system, but it has now joined the rest of the websites as a pure html site made mobile friendly through Yahoo's minimalist (as in 4kb download) Pure.CSS system. Drupal's name is derived from the Dutch word for drop and so it is appropriate in a sense that I entitle this update as Drupal Dropped. The MMMporium.com repository was retained primarily for purposes of the book on Drupal web design that has been all but dropped. This is due to the troubled roll-out of Drupal 8, which cannot run on Smart Hosting because it requires a more up to date php version. The final abandonment of Drupal for MMMporium.com was due to problems getting security updates for Drupal on Smart Hosting's Softaculous one click installer system, but it merely brought forward a decision that was planned for after publishing a guide to using Drupal. If and when I return to writing the Drupal guide then a dummy site powered by Drupal will be set up, but MMMporium.com will remain a pure html site focused on MMMporium branded businesses.
MMMporium websites that relate to Mercia McMahon's thoughts or writing are being transferred to the merciamcmahon.com domain, e.g., tech.mmmporium.com has become tech.merciamcmahon.com. Anyone typing the old addresses will be automatically redirected, but it would be good if you could update your links.
When mmmporium.uk launched as one of several Drupal powered MMMporium websites it was a portal linking to all of them called MMMportal. With the move to only one Drupal site at mmmporium.com to host all articles and one page html sites to summarise the content mmmporium.uk became the new home for MMMporium Publishing, which had previously been the sole occupier of MMMporium.com. It was always difficult, though, to mark up the UK status of MMMporium in this way so mmmporium.uk has been relaunched as a rejuvenated MMMportal and MMMporium Publishing can now be found at publishing.mmmporium.com.
MMMporium Facebook Page Has Closed 28 March 2016
Facebook have been reminded us of the lack of updates to the MMMporium page, which we had never intended to update except when new publications or promotions launched. So it was closed on 28th March and only the Mercia McMahon author page will remain on Facebook. Future MMMporium announcements on Facebook will be made on the author page.
For the past twelve months the hub and spoke setup for MMMporium's websites has used separate domains that incorporate the MMMporium name: mmmporiumeditorial.com, mmmporiumeditorial.uk, and mmmporiumreview.com.MMMporium Editorial UK. In addition there had been a Facebook page for MMMporium Editorial and a Twitter account for MMMporium Review. As only a limited number of reviews have been posted so far the separate Twitter account was cancelled on 28-Oct-2016 and new reviews will be posted the Mercia McMahon Twitter account. The Facebook page for MMMporium Editorial was closed on 22-Jan-2016 so that business announcements can be concentrated on the MMMporium Facebook page.
A similar move is happening with the website domain names. MMMporium Editorial UK was used for copy editing and other services in British English, but as those services are no longer offered at MMMporium the mmmporiumeditorial.uk address has been redirecting to mmmporiumeditorial.com. Now they both point to services.mmmporium.com, a website that currently only has content editing services, but which may expand to include other services over time. The mmmporiumeditorial.com will cease to work on 22 April 2016 and mmmporiumeditorial.uk on 1 April 2016. Although another business may pick up the domains it is unlikely as they are not generic names. Nevertheless you are advised to change any links you have to services.mmmporium.com.
MMMporium Review will revert to its original title of MMMporium Reviews (the s was dropped due to character limitations when creating the Twitter account) and to its original address of reviews.mmmporium.com. The mmmporiumreviews.com address is already redirecting to the new address and will cease to work on 21 March 2016.
The MMMporium suite of websites were initially independent WordPress sites and then became independent Drupal sites. Now the articles are all maintained at a single Drupal site at MMMporium.com. The other websites are simpler websites built using the Pure.CSS framework.
When the suite of MMMporium websites switched to Drupal there all appeared using the ZeroPoint theme, which unfortunately was not mobile-friendly. When the new set--up switched to a single Drupal installation the Esteem theme was used, but it has returned to ZeroPoint, which is now mobile friendly.
When the hub and spoke design was first tried out the popular Bootstrap framework (developed by Twitter) was used. ZeroPoint has been made mobile friendly using the minimalist Pure.CSS framework (developed by Yahoo!). MMMporium websites other than the Drupal based repository have switched to Pure.CSS. Those websites are quite basic at present as the focus is on the Drupal site.
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