‘Business of Blogging’ Category

BuddyPress anyone?

36
responses
by
on
February 27th, 2010
in
buddypress, Business of Blogging, WordPress News

By now you have surely read the news of the release of BudyPress 1.2 (which now will work with single WordPress.org blogs, previously limited to WordPress MU) and this dev blog announcement from Jane last evening about another plugin Andy wrote that lets you use your present theme with BuddyPress. I have always been of the opinion that this blog, its content, its collection of authors and most of all, its community of readers, is a prime candidate for BuddyPress. Having a common signup between comments, ratings, forums and blog posts would be a fantastic feature. This news is the first step in making those features a reality. We will start working on our test version of this blog very soon. Are you thinking about trying BuddyPress? What is your greatest concern in adding BuddyPress to your blog? What is the greatest benefit?

[Continue Reading...]

Are You Spamming Comments Inadvertently?

69
responses
by
on
January 24th, 2010
in
Blogging Essays, Business of Blogging, Spam

In a blog post titles “6 Steps to Kill Your Community“, Matt listed “Allow Spam Through” as the second step and “Don’t Participate in Comments” as the fourth step to killing your community. We treat comments and reader participation very seriously at Weblog Tools Collection. We highlight commenters, try to identify the frequent comments who participate willingly and heuristically remove nofollow tags from the links of commenters who participate in the community. I have personally chosen and thanked frequent commenter by providing them deeper access and rights to the various portals, elevating and applauding their presence within the community and have chosen most of my co-authors based on their participation and passion within the communities that I purvey. In short, I agree with Matt in that relevant comments and passionate participation are the lifeblood of any community. But our little blog gets a lot of attention from spammers. We are […]

[Continue Reading...]

So we tried Intense Debate . . .

35
responses
by
on
November 22nd, 2009
in
Business of Blogging, Spam, WordPress Plugins

It was not meant to be. I had high hopes for Intense Debate but the drawbacks outweighed the positives in our case. I was really looking forward to a few of the features that I thought might bring more interactivity to the blog and encourage readers to have meatier discussions. As you notice below, we have turned off Intense Debate and gone back to the original comment form. Below is a list of the some of the features I was really looking forward to and our experiences with them. I would like to preface this discussion by saying that I screwed up the install by adding this blog onto the wrong account and that added to some of our woes. The account bug that followed (we received some help via the support email) was caused by my fat fingering. Better overall look and feel of the comment section of a […]

[Continue Reading...]

Embedded Video Copyright Laws?

51
responses
by
on
August 31st, 2009
in
brainstorming, Business of Blogging

Long story short, our Weblog Tools Videos has had some major spam issues recently and we have taken action to try and prevent this deluge of spam. Thanks to Otto for the heads up on that. In this mess, we have also had a couple of content generators complain that their videos, hosted on sites such as DailyMotion and YouTube, were used on Weblog Tools Videos without their explicit consent. This got me thinking about the possible ramifications embedding videos on a blog or website. I could not find any permission or license information on the pages where the allegedly infringed videos were hosted and so I assumed that we should remove the videos, which we did. If the video page allows embedding, does that constitute implicit permission to post it elsewhere? Is there copyright and license information buried within the agreement that users electronically sign on uploading to YouTube? Do […]

[Continue Reading...]

Free Weblog Tools Collection Laptop Sticker

16
responses

EDIT: For those that missed out on this opportunity, go to Weblog Tools Collection Schwag to get one for yourself. So I was decking out my laptop with stickers the other day and realized that I really miss having a Weblog Tools Collection laptop sticker. So I got in touch with a few vendors and come upon Sticker Giant who were great to work with. Now that I have a sticker for my own laptop, I have many others left on the roll and I am itching to give them away. So if you want a Weblog Tools Collection laptop sticker for free, please fill out the form (closed, reached max. number) and we will send a few out for you ASAP. Since postage is kind of expensive, if you missed this round and would still like one, we will have more of these sticker giveaways in the future and if […]

[Continue Reading...]

Official WordPress Commercial Theme Directory is live

9
responses

The Official WordPress Commercial Theme Directory is now open. It is linked off the WordPress Extend and is part of the parent theme directory set of links. It is not as much a directory as it is a listing of sites that offer commercial GPL themes. It lists the philosophies, a few words about the business models and the need for the encouragement, a list of screenshots and links to the various theme sites and then a list of criterion for inclusion into this site. I like the succinct explanation of the purpose and the listing criterion seem simple and straightforward to follow. Send your information to themes at wordpress dot org to get included in the list. From the site, if you want to be included: Distribute 100% GPL themes, including artwork and CSS. Have professional support options, and optionally customization. Your site should be complete, well-designed, up to […]

[Continue Reading...]

IE 8 and WordPress

86
responses
by
on
March 19th, 2009
in
Business of Blogging, WordPress

So on the day of the release of the much [add verb of choice here] Internet Explorer 8, we would like to know what happens to your WordPress blog in IE 8. Does anything look different? Does anything work? How about the Dashboard or the admin interface? Did you find any problems? Are you tearing your hair out or are you grinning from ear to ear? Would you suggest that everyone upgrade or would you suggest that we stay away? This is one of those times that I wish we allowed the posting of screenshots along with the comments on this blog but links to screenshots would be much appreciated. Anyone know of a plugin that allows posting of screenshots in comments?

[Continue Reading...]

WordCamp India is On!

5
responses
by
on
February 21st, 2009
in
Business of Blogging, General, wordcamp

WordCamp India is On!. The list of speakers is quite impressive and includes both Matt and Om for various talks including Matt’s famous “State of the Word“. It looks to be a fun and information filled event with quite interesting fare such as SEO, IP rights and other both techie and non-techie topics. As luck would have it, I am going to be traveling though Dubai and India next weekend (days late, dollars short) and will not be able to attend. From the list of sponsors, the list of attendees and the list of speakers, the enthusiasm for blogging and WordPress in India is not lost on me. If you have not checked out the Delhi Bloggers Group or one of the many other blogging groups and partnerships mentioned and you are an Indian blogger, you might be missing out. I am hopeful that the turnout will be fantastic and […]

[Continue Reading...]

Giving Thanks

18
responses
by
on
November 27th, 2008
in
Business of Blogging, WordPress

Here in the states, it is Thanksgiving. The time of year when most stop to think about what it is they are thankful for. In keeping with that tradition, I wanted to give my thanks to the WordPress development team but the thanks doesn’t end there. I also pass on my thanks to each and every one of you who have contributed code to the WordPress project. I’m no coder and I appreciate those who are to help guide me around the more interesting parts of WordPress. A very special thanks goes out to plugin and theme developers. You folks really enable end users to take WordPress up to the next level. I would also like to give thanks and recognize those who cover WordPress within the community. These are sites which keep users informed, provide great information, and increase the end users knowledge of what this piece of software […]

[Continue Reading...]



Obviously Powered by WordPress. © 2003-2013

page counter
css.php