Posts Tagged ‘General’

WP Translations: mo and po files

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March 6th, 2007
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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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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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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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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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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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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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WeblogToolsCollection News

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January 16th, 2007
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There has been a lot of changes at WeblogToolsCollection.com and we continue to try and make the blog as useful of a tool as possible with the least headaches. Here is some important news and some tidbits I would like to bring to everyones’ attention. Some of my regulars might have noticed that Ajay has been getting his feet quite wet recently on this blog. Ajay D’Souza has agreed to be an author on WeblogToolsCollection and will be concentrating on WordPress news, reviews and analysis of plugins, themes, hacks etc. I like his writing style and candor and really appreciate his openness and eagerness to learn. We have modified some of the news posting procedures and will continue to refine and change as requested and necessary. Ajay has been blogging since 2003 and currently runs http://ajaydsouza.com and http://techtites.com. You will find his WordPress plugins, themes, hacks and a regular glimpse […]

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Spam floods and Performancing Problems

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January 15th, 2007
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Persistent Spam floods have taken over again. I wish these people would quit since it is not only hurting my blog, it is also hurting their own purposes. If spammers realize that if they flood/kill their victims, they do not get the spam on the blog. It is a lose-lose situation. In addition to spam floods, Performancing has been having some serious problems with their servers (I read something about a server move) and that has been causing slowdowns and random problems. I have disabled both for the time being. I have a message in to Chris about the ad problems and I hope to hear back soon but the ads will stay off until things settle down. As for comments, they will remain turned off until the spammers decide to move on. There HAS to be a solution to stop comment floods. For those that have suggested Bad Behavior […]

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Importance of transparency in blogging

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January 14th, 2007
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Blogging Essays, General

This is the Twenty Fifth entry in The Blogging Essay Contest from WeblogToolsCollection.com If you would like to participate, please email me your entry at mark at wltc dot net. Please rate this article using the star system below. The competition will be judged primarily on the input from readers like you. Thank you. This is written by Bes Zain Online users prefer sticking around sites which are written by people with clear intentions. Online users also like it when blog authors express things transparently. Being transparent on the web is vital for a site to succeed. When you are open to your users about yourself and your site, you will gain more trust from people visiting your site compared to if you made yourself and your site anonymous. You must practise and master the art of transparency in some area of your choice on your site if you want […]

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