As you may have noticed, I have switched the theme on the blog to something other than the default WordPress install. I did this in anticipation of eventually getting my Google AdWords campaign back running at the bottom of the page.
Along with the new theme I installed Concrete 5 on the Linux server to evaluate it and eventually move my site to the software. Concrete is a Content Management System that I believe has great promise. It balances the need for attractive front ends on websites and allows for powerful customization ala PHP. It is straightforward out of the box too. Check out my default install. The link will open the Concrete site in a new window. I applied one of their themes to the default site but have not yet done anything with it.
Installation was extremely straightforward, possibly even easier than installing WordPress. The goal with Concrete will be to integrate my Facebook information, blog posts, and any other services that I use with OpenId authentication. I want it to be easy for my friends and family to check out what I am up to when I am away this summer wrapping up my student teaching.
I am very impressed with the Concrete product and am excited to start making it my own.