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Nantucket Restaurants change in 2015

birdwavesWe’re looking forward to our fall visit to Nantucket and interested in all the new restaurants and changes. If you’re coming any time soon, you might find these suggestions really helpful.

American Seasons

American Seasons

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First and foremost, American Seasons was sold to Chef Neil Ferguson, after having an excellent ten year run under Michael and Orla LasScola. They remain the proprietors of The Proprietors, a notable small plates restaurant.

Ferguson was most recently the chef at Galley Beach, but has a great deal more freedom in his choices at American Seasons, where his menu includes rabbit terrine, pork chops, ribeye and chicken Ballotine. This hints that the playful aspect of American Seasons remain intact and we can hardly wait.

Corazon del Mar sign

Corazon del Mar sign

Seth Raynor’s Corazon del Mar has closed, although the Raynors still run both The Boardinghouse and the Pearl. Restaurateur Marco Coelho as bought and remodeled this space, but hasn’t opened anything there yet. However, if you are looking for sushi, you can find it at the relatively new Café V Sushi in the elegant Vanessa Noel Hotel, as well as at Sushi by Yoshi.

flounder

Flounder at Galley Beach under Osif

Galley Beach, having lost Neil Ferguson, has brought back chef W. Scott Osif, who did a bang-up job before he left two years ago.

Meanwhile, if one barbecue restaurant isn’t enough, (we wrote up B-Ack Yard Barbecue last year), Atlas BBQ and Fish House has opened at 130 Pleasant St, not far from Stop and Shop, in the space formerly occupied by Pazzo, and before that by Sfoglia. The Atlas menu is barbecue heavy, but you will find salmon, chicken and Friday fish and chips among their extensive selections.

Also new this year is the Grey Lady at 2 Chin’s Way, featuring coastal seafood under chef Dave Nevins. It is a sister to the Grey Lady on Manhattan’s lower East Side. They also have opened a Grey Lady in Aspen. If the address sounds familiar, the Grey lady occupies the space of the old Bamboo Supper Club.

It looks like another great visit to our favorite island!

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Creating a new WordPress blog on your own server

WordPress is free, public-domain code that you can use to set up a blog at your web hosting service.

The main reason for setting up your own WordPress server is to give you more flexibility in the use of plug-ins, and to allow you to add Google Adsense advertisements.

It is easiest if your web host is a Linux server, because it will then definitely

  • run PHP
  • run MYSQL
In this discussion, we set up WordPress to run on a web host we already had running at 1and1.com. We requested a new domain name for the blog xyzblog.com. You can pick any name you want and it does not have to contain the name “blog.”

Create a MYSQL Database

First, go to your web server administrative control panel,

and click on “MySQL Administration.”

Then click on “New Database.”

and enter a name for the database, usually the name of your blog. Enter a password of 7 or more characters twice, and click on Setup.

The following screen will appear while the database is being created.

The values on this screen are the ones you will use to communicate with WordPress.

Make sure you are using PHP5

Click on the Global PHP Version. You will probably have a choice of PHP4 or PHP5. Make sure it is set to PHP5.

Download WordPress

Now, go to WordPress.org and download the server code as a zip file, currently wordpress-3.2.1.zip by clicking on the Download arrow. Then, double-click on the downloaded file to expand the zip file.  Store the expanded files in a directory under My Documents, such as c:\My Documents\xyzblog. You will find that it creates a wordpress subdirectory and expands all the files into that folder and ones below it.

Now open the file wp-config-sample.php using Notepad or Wordpad. You have to edit 4 lines in this file to point to your database:

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define('DB_NAME', 'db386589377');

/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'dbo386589377'); //note the "dbo" in this one

/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'blahblah');  //whatever password you picked

/** MySQL hostname */
define('DB_HOST', 'db386589377.db.1and1.com');

Then save this file as wp-config.php.

Uploading WordPress

Now, you are ready to upload WordPress to your server. To do this, you need an ftp program. We use WS-FTP, which you can get for 30 days for free, and buy later for $59.  There are also plenty of free FTP programs, such as Filezilla that you can easily download.

You want to upload the entire wordpress folder and everything in to to the root of your xyzblog.com account.

Start up WordPress

Now, you are ready to start up WordPress, so it can install itself.

Just point your browser to http://xyzblog.com/wp-admin/install.php

and WordPress should start itself up and it will create a password for you. Make a note of it, and then change it to something you can remember, and you are all ready to create posts in your new blog.

References

  1. How to install WordPress with 1and1 hosting.

How I got started using WordPress

WordPress is a public domain set of code for running blogs  in use on thousands of web sites around the world. You can download all of the code (written in the PHP language) from WordPress.org. Or you can create a blog directly at WordPress.com.

Wordpress signup screen

As you can see, you can write a blog right away just by creating one at WordPress.com. All you have to do is pick a name for your blog and give them your E-mail address and you can start right up as we did here.

There is no charge for this service, but it is somewhat limited compared to blogs you might have hosted on other servers.

  • WordPress has thousands of themes to change the look of your blog, but WordPress.com only gives you access to about 150.
  • However, you can only apply themes to new posts, not to ones in progress or already written.
  • WordPress has countless plugins written by third parties to add features. None of those are available to users at WordPress.com.
So this means that common features like tables and slide shows are not available. For those, you need to set up WordPress on a server of your choosing.
It is also worth noting that WordPress.com provides some features you don’t find in the publc domain WordPress.org system. The .com version (the one you are looking at) has a Follow button along the top row to make it easy to subscribed to your blog, and has quick links to your Twitter and RSS feeds. This is not the same as allowing a user to tweet your blog post on their Twitter account, however.

Advertising

Most WordPress blogs make money by selling ad space along the sides. Google Adsense is a major provider of context-related ads. Unfortunately, you cannot have Google place ads in a blog on WordPress.com. For that you have to create your own site.

We’ll discuss how to do this in  posts that follow.