Archive for January, 2006

How to Add Technorati Tags to your WordPress.com posts THE EASY WAY

Posted on January 7, 2006. Filed under: blogging, WordPress 2.0, WordPress.com |

OK, so it took me a minute but I figured it out.  If you read my last post, I was trying to figure out how to get the uber-cool FireFox extension Performancing to add technorati tags to my posts, as I’d read it was capable of doing (and since this ‘feature’ is noticeably lacking  on WordPress.com, although Lorelle has a great post about a tagging bookmarklet for wordpress.com users)

Anyway, the mystery wasn’t such a mystery if I’d taken a closer look at the settings dialog box.  In addition to their being a box to check to automatically add the technorati tags to your post, there’s another checkbox (which also is unchecked by default) to ‘Show Extra Publishing Features’.  This needs to be checked in order to add the technorati tags to your post.  Once you’ve checked that, you’ll notice that your editor now has a new button to the right of the post title called “Publishing Options”.  Clicking that opens a sidebar window wherein you can enter your technorati tags in a comma seperated list.  Note that there is also a button there that says, “Add Tags to post” — if you have your settings set to auto-add the tags you do not want to click this button because it will then add the tags twice.

As this will be my first post utilizing this feature, I’m excited to see how it turns out!

UPDATE: Now that I’ve published the post and seen how it works, it is clear that it is a super-easy way to add technorati tagging to your posts, helping you get indexed better for the appropriate keywords on technorati without having to add them all as categories.  However, Lorelle’s version of adding tags to your posts does so in a way that I prefer — making the links for each of the tags search her blog for posts with that tag, rather than taking them to the technorati site.  Much better implementation of it, in my opinion.

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Cool FireFox 1.5 extension named Performancing let’s you easily blog to WordPress.com and other blogs straight from your browser

Posted on January 7, 2006. Filed under: blogging, WordPress 2.0, WordPress.com |

This is my first post to my blog using Performancing, which, once you give it the account information for your wordpress.com blog (it also works with blogger, movable type, wordpress installs on your own host (for which you have to choose ‘custom blog’), etc) allows you to post directly from your browser.  It makes it particularly easy to blog about any page you happy to be surfing past, which is very cool.  And you can set it up for as many blogs as you have (I for one have lost count)

Not only is the wysiwyg editor easier and faster to use (and less quirky), but it also provides more functionality (such as increase and decrease text size, change text color, full justify as an alignment option, and blockquotes.  You can also edit the html directly really easily, and supposedly it is supposed to also allow you to add technorati tags to your posts and automatically insert them for you (which is the main reason why I installed this FireFox extension)
.  I checked the option in the settings to have it auto-add the tags, but I don’t see anywhere to actually specify the tags you want to use (and finally figured out that I needed to also check the option to show advanced editing options.

Will post more about this tool later after I’ve used it more.  Let’s see how succesfully it publishes this to my blog (and how quickly…)

In answer to the ‘how quickly’ question — oh my god is it uber-fast!!  (Possible bug though — this line was previously bolded, and upon reediting the post it now shows up as unformatted text…)

I can see myself falling in love with this beautiful firefox extension

See my next post for instructions on how to add the technorati tags to your post

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What does it take to have your WordPress.com post listed as a “latest post” in the Dashboard?

Posted on January 6, 2006. Filed under: problems, WordPress.com |

I feel like every time I write a post and publish it (how much later or fresher could you get?), when I go look in the Dashboard, I never see my post listed amongst the list of “Latest Posts”.

Are there really that many WordPress.com users now that a post only remains in the ‘Latest Post’ area for brief seconds before it is surpassed by a flood of newer posts?  Or are my posts just not showing up for some reason.  Hmm..

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SpamKarma2 plugin causes comment count to not work in WordPress 2.0

Posted on January 6, 2006. Filed under: plugins, WordPress 2.0 |

I know, I know, akismet is great.  But it doesn’t catch all of the spam, and the SpamKarma2 plugin has been one of my faves for a while now.  I activated it on my test install of WordPress 2.0 and thought everything was working fine — until I started testing things like trackbacks and commenting.  Turns out that no matter how many comments or trackbacks a post had, and no matter what theme I was using on the site (b/c at first I thought the problem was theme related), the comment count constantly read 0 (although comments DID display as they were supposed to).

After doing a little research, I discovered that the culprit was the SpamKarma2 plugin, but even deactivating it didn’t fix the problem.  Nor did deleting it from my plugins folder.  A little more research and I found out that the fix is to:

  1. Deactivate the SpamKarma2 plugin 😦
  2. Write a new comment on a post after SpamKarma2 has been deactivated

Then your comment count should be restored.

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WordPress 2.0 specific themes starting to show up

Posted on January 5, 2006. Filed under: 3 columns, WordPress 2.0, WordPress Themes |

I’ve come across my first theme that is specific to WordPress 2.0. It’s called WP-Andreas09, and is
“a WordPress port of an open source template by Andreas Viklund called andreas09. WP-Andreas09 is a full width, 3 column theme with a fluid central column and it comes in 6 different colours that can be changed from within your WordPress options panel.”
wp-andreas09.jpgHere’s a thumbnail from a sight called Souldoodles (cool name!) which currently is utilizing the theme  Sorry I wan’t able to get a better picture within the actual post – but if you click on the thumbnail you should be able to see the full screenshot.  And of course, you can always visit Souldoodles to see a live demo for yourself 🙂
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WordPress.com sporting some new theme options

Posted on January 5, 2006. Filed under: blogging, WordPress Themes, WordPress.com |

As you can see, I’ve changed the presentation of my blog to take advantage of one of the new themes that’s been added to the (hopefully continually growing) list of themes one can use here at WordPress.com.  The theme is called Regulus, by Binary Moon, and one of the coolest things about it is the degree of customizability that it offers.

At present, when you select the Regulus theme for your WordPress.com blog’s presentation, you can customize it by clicking on Presentation in your dashboard, and then clicking the tab for Current Theme Options.

You can choose from 8 different Header Images (wouldn’t it be cool if we could upload our own??)

There are 5 color schemes to select from.

Then you have sidebar options, wherein you can choose to include (or not) the following blog items:

  • Show Calendar
  • Show Meta Content (login, Site Admin, etc)
  • Display Admin options (only for admin user when logged in) – btw, I think this option is pretty cool
  • Show recent posts
  • Show all archive months
  • Use Link Categories in blog roll

You can also provide some personal information about yourself which will then be used to automatically create an about page for you.

Now, if only every theme gave us such flexibility!  (I’m never satisfied).  I’d also like to see the ability to customize the font and text colors (so many of the available themes have color schemes wherein the hyperlinks don’t stand out very much), the ability to not only select what’s in the sidebar but also the ORDER in which those items display, I could go on and on.

In the meantime, let’s just stick with the gushing excitement over the theme options that WordPress.com coupled with Regulus provides, and look forward to hopefully more themes that are as customizable in the future so that our WordPress.com blogs can reflect our own personal styles a tad more 🙂

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