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I’ve upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.3! Among the notable feature in this new version are:
- Native Tagging Support. Now this is one feature that I’ve been waiting for. Although UTW did a great job on this, but I always think that it is good to do the tagging without going through a plugin. However, the tagging feature is not so great after all. More details on this further down.
- Update Notification. I am someone who’s lazy to check plugin’s site to see any updates. With this, I can see it in my dashboard and download ‘em immediately. Though it doesn’t update for you automatically, this notification is sufficient
- Canonical URLs. I’ve been using some
.htaccesstrick to achieve this, but looks like the devs manage to put in the core.
- Better Post Management. There’s this new filter thing in your post management, and you can easily filter your drafts. Nifty.
The Upgrade Process
I thought the schema changes would kill my blog. I even created a testbed to test if the upgrades will work smoothly. I tried running the upgrades on the testbed. Everything works fine. Not as dramatic as Edrei’s case
The upgrade is a breeze if your plugin does not a direct call to the deprecated tables in your database. In my case, only
KGArchives and Tan Tan WordPress Report fails. Author of KGArchives may be doing some updates on the plugin , but there’s no news on Tan Tan WordPress Report. UTW fails to work too, but there’s a UTW importer in WP2.3. Popular Post plugin have problem in the admin interface, but it works without a problem in the user end.
The transition from UTW to WP2.3 native tagging is rather painless, though there’s some iffy-ness somewhere in between. Now here’s a few things I don like about tagging in WP2.3:
- There’s no proper tag management. It is said that the devs are waiting for the community to create plugins to further extend the tagging capabilities, and they can steal the idea and put them in the next release. So, I guess I have to wait for a while for a better tag management plugin to pop out.
- Two words tagging fails. Space doesn’t work. All spaces in two words or more tags are replaced with a dash. UTW handles the presentation purpose with no problems, because I don’t see the dash in any tag titles, although there is in the admin area and slugs. Perhaps I have to make myself used to one word tagging.
- The function to call out tags in a post,
the_tags(), fails. I MUST use it in The Loop, which is kinda annoying because I have tags in the sidebar. Which is why, at the moment, I am not showing tags. Couldn’t something be done so that
the_tagscan be called anywhere in single.php?
Overall, WP2.3 is satisfactory, but not up to my liking.
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This is yet another Building GeminiGeek’s Online Journal series. In Part 1, I wrote about the complication appears when I try to change my siteâ€™s URL structure to something that makes more sense (at least to me). In this part, I am going to write the redesign process, which covers the idea of my new logo, new theme, and the layout.
Part #2: The Redesign
Ever since the Web2.0 hype on the internet, I always wanted to revamp my site and follow the trend. If you are a reader since day one, you should know that my site used to be known as Clueless Dream. And yes, my site is still number 1 ranking in Google (at the time I am writing this entry) for the keyword “clueless dream“, which is weird, because I kinda dump the wording from my blog except for some older entries.
Old school design eh? Despite being old school, that design have better Adsense Click-Through-Rate than my current design! Well, I have to let-go of my ad-revenue for the sake of better looking site (at least to me) .
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Spam is one of the most annoying things you can’t avoid when you’re running a blog. Search for comment spam in my blog, there are a few entries I wrote back then, complaining about spams in my blog. My blog, at the moment, is *almost* spam free. I can’t say totally spam free because spammers (and even SPAM BOTS) are getting smarter.
The solutions? Force your visitor to register just to leave a short comment? This will make leaving a comment a big hassle, and visitor will just go away because of this. Perhaps putting all comments by first time commenter into moderation? This is also not a good idea if youâ€™re not always there to monitor your blog.
There are a lot Anti Spam plugins out there, but that doesn’t mean you can download ALL of it and enable it on your blog. Remember, having a lot of plugins activated could slow down your blog if you have a lot of visitors coming at a time. Here are a few anti spam plugin handpicked by me that works great after few months using them.
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I did my site revamp since few months ago, and there’s a lot of changes made here and there since the last revamp. Today, I am going to do a write-up on the process of building GeminiGeek’s Online Journal, ala Building Alex King 2.0 style. I will split this write-up to a few sections, and I believe this write-up is especially useful for those who would like to use WordPress for not only as a blogging platform, but a CMS for their site.
Part #1: The Change of Site Structure
The first thing I did when doing revamp is to change my site structure. My blog used to be located at blog.geminigeek.com, and all pages resides in blog.geminigeek.com/xxxx. It doesn’t seem wrong to me at first. But after a while, I guess I should better off pimping my domain rather than subdomain because there was a time where blog.geminigeek.com has PR5 and my geminigeek.com only PR3!! So, I changed my site’s blog to geminigeek.com/blog.
When you talk about talk about PR, I’m sure you will think about the search engine result. I have a few blog entries that turns out to be first in Google Search. I don’t want to lose my visitor. I did a 301 Redirection on my blog subdomain to geminigeek.com/blog, while retaining the permalink structure. This way, I manage to retain my visitor and successfully changed my site structure! And this is what I paste to my .htaccess in the root of blog subdomain:
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Among the cool stuff in my homepage are:
- Featured Work. Now I get to show off 2 of my latest work.
- My Bookmarks. Powered by del.icio.us. I recently got addicted to social bookmarking. Yes people, add me to your network! Let’s share some cool links!
- My Flickr. Obviously, it is powered by Flickr. I am not so much of an avid photographer, but I just wanted to share my pictures
Future plans? Put a Miri Bloggers Digest, alongside with my bookmarks and Flickr. I tried implementing it using the MiriCommunity’s Bloggers List feed, but it doesn’t turn out good. Somehow WordPress’s get_rss function throws some PHP error that I don’t even understand, so I can’t debug it. It is a valid feed. Just that it is not friendly with WordPress I guess. Well, I guess I have to create my own list and digest on my own. Besides, I will be working on a Miri Bloggers Community, something very similiar to Penang Bloggers.
That’s about it. :happy:
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