‘General’ Category

Technorati Links by Day Graph

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September 21st, 2007
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Cool Scripts, General

I had come upon this technique sometime ago but with the recent change in the way Technorati looks, I wanted to document the link since it still appears to work. You can use the following URI to generate a PNG with incoming links to your blog for a given period using Technorati. There does seem to be a maximum number of days Technorati keeps track of links and that number is less than 365, closer to 200. Just change the BlogURL value to the URI of your blog, and modify the size of the graph as you see fit for your blog or application. http://www.technorati.com/chartimg?q=BlogURL&days=3600&width=460&height=200&type=url I come up with the following graph for WeblogToolsCollection.com

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Blog Vacation Day

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March 11th, 2007
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Business of Blogging, General

Here at WeblogToolsCollection, we try to put aside Sunday as Blog Vacation Day. Of course, I am violating that theory by writing this post but for the most part, we set aside Sunday to put our house in order. We clean posts, trim and manage comments and spam, play with the code and plugins, mess with the ads, reply to emails, formulate weekly posts, plan out the rest of the week and generally just post nothing on the live blog. That gives us a reason to come back on Monday and start afresh and I believe it really helps. Do you have a Blog Vacation Day? If so, which one and why?

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AuctionAds

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AuctionAds is another new way for bloggers to make a little more money on the side. AuctionAds consist of eBay auction ads on keywords chosen by the blogger or publisher. Although the service was launched today and there is little information on how much one could earn, AuctionAds promises to pass on almost all of the revenue to the publisher of the ad. I thought of this service as an automated eBay affiliate program that pays almost as much as that program but has less hassle. TechCrunch has a quick rundown of the business details on AuctionAds and since AdSense does terribly on this blog, I figured I would try them out. You can see the ads on the sidebar. Another interesting fact from their FAQ is that you may run these ads alongside Google AdSense and they do have an affiliate program. If you are trying them out, I […]

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WP Translations: mo and po files

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March 6th, 2007
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General, HOW-TO, WordPress, WordPress FAQs

You can install WordPress in various different languages and it is very easy to setup these translations. You can find more information on translating WordPress into your own language on the WordPress Codex. The Codex also has a lot of information on existing translated versions of WordPress and the .mo language files. They are very simple to use. You just copy the .mo file to the wp-includes/languages folder and change/add the following line to add the filename of your language translation file define (‘WPLANG’, ”); to define (‘WPLANG’, ‘es_ES’); if your language filename is es_ES.mo I suggest making this change before you install WordPress. This is all well and good, but this post is more about dispelling some of the myth and confusion surrounding .mo files. .mo files are not human readable by their nature and cannot be edited directly. You would need to install a version of poedit on […]

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WeblogToolsCollection Translations

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February 20th, 2007
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General

WeblogToolsCollection is now available in Deutsch and in Español. We are planning further feature enhancements such as direct linking from this blog to translated posts and cross posting of news. We will also add a few more languages in the future if these two translations become popular AND readers see a benefit from such translations. The first two languages were chosen based traffic patterns of this blog and past user requests. Since I am quite inept at both these languages, I would appreciate it if a couple of my readers would do me a favor in spreading the word and post the links to these blogs in the respective WordPress Forums along with a small explanation of the purpose. Thanks for your help and please let us know what you think.

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Looking for translators

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February 15th, 2007
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General

I would love to publish WeblogToolsCollection in languages other than English. I know that I can install translator plugins and other software but machine translation leaves a lot to be desired, is slow and load intensive, readers miss out on the discussions and it is just less fulfilling as a read. Since there has been some interest in French and Spanish language translations, I am seeking a couple of authors who are willing to do the following: Translate all (new) posts from weblogtoolscollection.com into their respective language and make a daily commitment to posting changes and updates Moderate and answer comments Post any new material you find relevant to blogging in general and WordPress in particular Co-operate, share ideas and news with other authors Be user centric Fluent in French or Spanish. English language proficiency required. This is an experiment/brainstorm/brainfart and I am not sure whether there is even an […]

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WP 2.1 Performance

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February 11th, 2007
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General, WordPress

As promised, here are the results of the possible performance enhancements that WordPress 2.1 has to offer. My disclaimers include the fact that these methods are mostly not very scientific and the server that this blog runs on also received a MySql upgrade before WordPress was upgraded. However, the results are stark enough that they still make a lot of sense. The above graph shows the processor statistics of this server over a period of a little over four weeks. These are 2 averages of RRD data, collected every five minutes by a custom written script. The little spikes at regular intervals is caused by a backup process that runs every night and is not unusual. The first large spike after the beginning of the fourth week (which is relevant) was caused by a large amount of data being backed up due to the upgrade. The actual upgrade was performed […]

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Essay Competition Going Once …

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January 29th, 2007
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General

The Blogging Essay Competition ended on January 14th but I have been giving the latest few entries some time to catch up in the number of votes. People were still voting on the entries till about a week ago when interest dropped. If you have not read through the entries or voted, I am sure the authors would appreciate your encouragement. I will tally the results at the end of this week and post the winners on Sunday. If I have not said so already, thank you for your participation. [EDIT] Since there is some confusion, we are not extending the competition, but extending the judging time to get all the entries similar exposure to reader reviews.

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Upgraded to WP 2.1 Ella

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January 28th, 2007
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General

This blog is now running WordPress 2.1 Ella and I am impressed. This server was running a much older version of MySql and since Ella requires MySql 4.1 support, I could not upgrade right away. I was somewhat apprehensive of upgrading MySql on Plesk and wanted to put aside some time for the upgrade in case things went south. This morning, I upgraded MySql, this blog, all the plugins and performed some much needed tweaking and maintenance. For those that are on Plesk servers and would like some instructions on how to upgrade MySql safely, this post should help. The upgrade was simple, the instructions made sense and were complete, and the upgrade itself went without a hitch. After the upgrade, I tweaked the query cache (sorely missed in MySql 3), upped the key buffer and the thread cache sizes and optimized all the tables. I am satisfied with the […]

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