‘General’ Category

Google uncloaks once-secret server

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April 5th, 2009
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Google uncloaks once-secret server: For those of us that geek out on servers, data centers, hardware design and cool computers, Google recently revealed their server design and provided some insight into their shipping container data centers. I really like their distributed UPS design with 12V batteries to increase efficiency and reduce waste in capacity. Some tidbits of the WordPress.com hosting framework are also posted  by Barry from time to time if you are interested.

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WordCamp India is On!

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February 21st, 2009
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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 […]

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A Belated Welcome to the New Weblog Tools Collection

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February 14th, 2009
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Blogging News, General

It has been a week since we put this new design into production at Weblog Tools Collection. Though at first it was quite a change, the design is growing on me. A few things are still broken (find any?) and the internal code and the SQL queries that run the plugins are still being tweaked. We might end up re-writing a few of the plugins to make them more efficient and introduce caching. Our overall goal was to make the blog feel fresh and be able to highlight the various aspects of our community that helps generate and produce and news and the articles for this blog. Needless to say, we stuck to our basic tenets of minimal advertising and ease of use while sticking with a light (on the eyes and on the bandwidth) and minimalist theme. If you only read this blog in a news reader, I welcome […]

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Shubho Nobo Borsho!

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January 1st, 2009
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Blogging News, General

Well, that is Happy New Year in Bengali. So we wish all our readers a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Our little blog grew slowly but steadily in the last year and our editors, authors and well wishers have made it possible for us to not only provide you with the most useful and up to date WordPress news, but we have been able to organize and support our Annual WordPress Plugin Competition, have been able to visit a couple of WordCamps around the US and have started a couple of new services around WordPress. If you want to know what the team is up to, be sure to check out the Weblog Tools Collection Crew LifeStream. As always, we have been trying to improve our content, add more features and services, be good citizens of the WordPress world, all the while trying to increase our readership and our distribution. […]

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WLTC Reader Survey Results

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September 29th, 2008
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We recently ran a reader survey to have you answer some basic questions that we had about Weblog Tools Collection and would like to thank all those who participated in the survey. We were not looking for specific answers but were trying to gauge some sentiments and help shape ourselves to serve you better. We are also looking for a better understanding of where we should spend our resources to provide the most value to our readers. In that spirit, most of the answers were helpful and some of the comments made us look a little closely at the mirror. Here are the results from the survey Where did you first hear about Weblog Tools Collection? WordPress Dashboard 76.2% WordPress Planet 4.8% Google Search 11.9% Link from Another site 4.8% User Suggestions/Discussions 2.4% Other (please specify) 0.0% Are you subscribed to Weblog Tools Collection to receive daily updates? Subscribed via […]

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Are you going to WordCamp San Francisco?

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August 14th, 2008
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I am going to be in San Francisco this weekend, attending the WordCamp on Saturday and staying till Sunday. Since this is my first trip to the Bay Area, I am hoping to meet and catch up with a lot of friends and colleagues. True to my style, I waited till the last minute to confirm my trip and ended up in a hotel in the Financial District. But I am hoping to not let my lodging gaffe cramp my plans. Just send me an email or a twit or use the Contact Form above if you would like to get together. [EDIT] Suggestions and SF advice much appreciated.

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WordPress Tips for 7/27

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Image alignment within a WordPress post: WordPress 2.5 introduced floating image alignment within text on a post. This feature does not work on certain themes. Thanks to Jason for asking the question and to Sadish for the solution. Final thought: it would also be nice if a few gallery formatting options were available through the default interface instead of having to modify the shortcode and/or introduce hacks. WordPress Search as a custom Google Search without addition page or post: Add a custom Google Search to your WordPress blog (and make search advertising dollars?) without too much of a hassle. Complete instructions and examples are included in the post. Create a Flash Arcade site using WordPress: This set of instructions will help you convert a simple WordPress blog into a Flash arcade site. Pretty cool with detailed instructions on the transition. Here is a tip which I stumbled upon accidentally, that […]

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WordCast Mugshot Contest

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July 13th, 2008
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The guys and gal over at the WordCast Podcast is currently holding a Mugshot contest. The contest is all about taking a photo of your favorite mug. Check out this awesome line up prizes: 4th Place: WordPress mug and WordPress T-shirt 3rd Place: WordPress mug, WordPress T-shirt and Lijit T-Shirt 2nd Place: WordPress mug, WordPress T-shirt, Lijit T-Shirt, signed copy of Blogging Tips: What bloggers won’t tell you about blogging, and one single-user Revolution theme license of the winners’ choice 1st Place: WordPress mug, WordPress T-shirt, Lijit T-Shirt, signed copy of Blogging Tips: What bloggers won’t tell you about blogging, one TV.Elements theme license, one single-user Revolution theme license of the winners’ choice, a free copy of The Secret to Writing a Successful and Outstanding Blog, and an (optional) free 30 minute consultation with Liz Strauss. The contest is still going on with no clear indication as to when the […]

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How many Queries are too many?

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July 12th, 2008
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Blogging, General, WordPress

I have been asked this question quite a few times and I never have a perfect answer. It is obviously an important question to ask but it can be answered in many different ways based on preferences, need for plugins, optimization techniques used and a variety of other factors. Weblog Tools Collection uses a lot of plugins and is very query heavy but the in spite of that, the front page uses 59 queries to generate itself. I think the default (on a vanilla WordPress install on the default theme) is 27 or something of that nature. The larger the number of queries, the slower the page is going to load and the more load you are going to put on your MySql server. All of the above is true if you do not use inline or regenerative caching mechanisms. The caveat on this blog is that its plugins and […]

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