‘brainstorming’ Category

WordPress Configuration Tricks

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WordPress Configuration Tricks : If you have ever installed WordPress and wanted to know what else you could do with your wp-config.php file, this is the blog post to read. As Ozh points out in the comments, a couple of tricks were left out but nothing that could not be remedied with a simple Google search (e.g. WP_HTTP) as long as you know what you are looking for. Tips from that page that got me thinking (things that make you go hmmmmm?) include moving your wp-content directory, increasing your memory limit, changing the autosave interval, turning on debugging and finally the ability to specify a log file for errors. All of this through the wondrous wp-config.php file. The list is quite exhaustive. While you are there, make sure you subscribe to the blog. Chris and Jeff are putting out some good stuff!

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Benchmarking the WordPress Admin Panel

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June 29th, 2009
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Dev4Press has done some interesting work on benchmarking various aspects of WordPress and then testing out some popular questions on page loads etc. The methodologies are well documented and the benchmarking setup is standardized. They are testing three version of WordPress including 2.6.5, 2.7.1 and 2.8 (I wish they would have waited for 2.8.1 to be released). This first set of tests were performed on the WordPress admin interface and other benchmarks will follow.¬†While the quantities are not as important, I think the trends are interesting. Though not independently confirmed, the growing girth of the admin interface is obvious. In contrast, my test WordPress 2.8.1 blog has shown marked improvements in load times and memory usage as compared to WordPress 2.8. It will be interesting to see how the load and memory usage trends of the WordPress admin interface change with future versions as the WordPress team turns their attention […]

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You might be a WordPress Geek . . .

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June 21st, 2009
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When the first thing you do at a new blog is scroll down to see who did the theme, you might be a WordPress Geek. via @SherryDedman When you mention Dexter Gordon, you have to qualify that he is a saxophonist and not the WordPress release, you might be a WordPress Geek. via Matt More than one of your Twitter saved searches includes the word “wordpress”, you might be a WordPress Geek. You read Weblog Tools Collection daily and have withdrawal when we do not have a release post, you might be a WordPress Geek. You visit a well known publisher and can instantly recognize the permalinks as created by WordPress. Heck, if you know what a permalink is, you might be a WordPress Geek. If all your vacations are to WordCamps, you might be a WordPress Geek. If the word “dashboard” reminds you of the WordPress admin panel, you […]

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Should you use a Mobile WordPress Plugin?

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June 12th, 2009
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Twitterized answer? Abso-freakin-lutely! Take a look at the following graph. It shows the pageviews and unique visitors on this blog from mobile browsers since we started tracking last year. Notice the numbers and the trends? How many of your visitors, do you think, come back to your blog after your page takes five minutes to load on their iPhone, and needs the twenty flick, carpal thumb scroll to read browse through the huge header? If you care about your reader and want to keep up with this growing populations’ reading habits, a mobile plugin on your blog is a necessity. Now what you use is up to you. We use MoFuse on this blog and I must add it is somewhat successful. The mobile pages are decent, the pages load relatively fast and the statistics are nice. But the admin pages are painfully slow and MoFuse injects their own ads […]

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What can WordPress do for you?

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May 27th, 2009
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Blogging News, brainstorming, WordPress

I receive questions about WordPress from various sources and I love answering them. I serve on the technical advisory board for our local University and recently ran into one of the other board members who had been using WordPress for some time. He wanted his WordPress site to do a few things that he could not get to work and his email to me ended with “I think I have hit the end of WordPress’ capabilities.” I respectfully disagreed and proceeded to give him links to solutions that I had found. He found them really useful and is going to use them in his re-design. This perception of “reaching the end of WordPress” is somewhat common. At a recent WordCamp, I had the distinct feeling (after talking with a bunch of the attendees and from feedback) that they were looking for cool things to do with their WordPress blog to […]

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Weblog Tools Collection on the Kindle

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May 15th, 2009
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Weblog Tools Collection is now available for subscription on the Kindle. There is a 14 day free trial if you would like to just try it out. So if you are a Kindle owner and a WLTC fan, please subscribe and let us know what you think. While I wish we could offer it for free, the charge is $1.99 (we get 30% of this amount). If you want to publish your blog on Kindle, you can do it too! Be sure to let us know what you think of the experience if you choose to publish your blog on the Kindle. The Kindle forums are a little sparse at this time and the whole publishing page/venue is in beta so you might have some trouble. It was a breeze for us. Thanks to BloggingPro for the idea.

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Guess how many Plugins we have active?

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May 13th, 2009
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The first person to correctly guess the number of active plugins and the number of deactivated plugins on this blog will win a Flickr Pro membership for a year from us. We have more deactivated plugins than activated ones and the numbers aren’t astronomical. Thanks to babs for the idea. Authors/contributors on this blog are ineligible in this guessing game. While we are at it, how many plugins do you have activated and how many are deactivated? Do you have any that you activate once in a while when the mood strikes? Which number is higher?

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Blogging and WordPress Links for 4/23/09

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How To Blog Anonymously And Maintain Control Of Your Personal Privacy.: Robin Good puts together a nice writeup on how and why to blog anonymously. If you do not have Robin on your reading list, he should be. I like his general writing style and his visual clues. 10 Exceptional WordPress hacks from Smashing Magazine.: Smashing Magazine has another list of nice hacks for WordPress including resizing images on the fly and automatically including the first image in your posts for your home page. These lists amaze me. Some of the more popular design sites and larger blog houses such as Smashing Magazine and Mashable have become very adept at using lists to link bait. These lists tend to get Dugg very heavily and bring in a lot of traffic for them. I still cannot look away from a good list about WordPress! 3 tools to track and defeat content […]

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Comment Spam with more Kung Fu?

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September 23rd, 2008
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It is no secret that Weblog Tools Collection is a magnet for comment spam. I am not sure if this is something to brag about but Akismet has caught over 3,588,568 spam comments as of writing this article. We spend a considerable amount of time moderating comments on this blog and lately the time spent has increased many fold. Let me explain. Since automattic spamming of blogs has mostly been reduced to a trickle due to the likes of Akismet, spammers are now individually targeting blog posts with highly relevant, and in many cases highly convincing comments. I moderated and subsequently spammed a comment today that was over a hundred words long, on the pros and cons of one of the themes on our daily theme posts. I thought the comment was a very well written review of theme until I looked closely. The URI of the poster was a […]

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