Having tried several solutions for publishing delicious bookmarks on WordPress I came to the conclusion that nothing did what I wanted. What I wanted was each link on the front page, interspersed with any articles I write, so that the time-line of links and articles becomes apparent and the main page is a more dynamic thing that is more useful for me (this is, after all, a long-running set of technical experiments and what-ifs rather than a vanity site). So my experimental sync plug-in is now operational and links can be seen (requires a stylesheet reload), currently, as green items, whereas articles show up blue. Simple, huh? Continue reading
Last year’s WordCamp UK was a huge success. Around sixty people turned up to the Birmingham gig with backgrounds as diverse as one might hope for and expect, given that WordPress is used by all kinds of people for all sorts of things: bloggers, developers, hackers, journalists, authors, academics, idealists and dreamers were all there, and most stood up and talked for a few minutes on what they’re doing with WordPress, or how they’re making WordPress better, or how they’d like to do stuff if only they could find the help (and lo, the help was forthcoming, and it was good). Following on from that success, it made sense to make WordCampUK an annual affair, so WordCampUK 2009 was born. Continue reading
My colleague Barrett Abernethy has drunk from the WordPress fountain for the first time and found it to be good. He’s writing at bv2.co.uk on coding for GPUs, games consoles and (I predict) cycling.
The very good news on the grapevine is that the first WordCamp UK has, already broken even (through sponsorship and ticket sales) with a full 10 days of ticket sales still to go. This is particularly good news since it pretty much guarantees the success of this years event, and future events. If you’ve been thinking about popping along to say hello, now’s a very good time to get your ticket!
WordCamp is coming to the UK.Â WordCamp is a weekend event where the users and developers of WordPress (i.e. members of the general public) can get together for a series of formal presentations, less formal discussions and informal refreshments.
I’ve run this site on WordPress since 2003.Â I’ve also written a couple of plugins for WordPress. So that’s why I’m interested in WordCamp.Â It’s a chance for me to put some faces to names and hopefully to help others along the path to publishing using zero cost, free (as in liberty), open source software that adheres to, and promotes global open standards.
If you’re a user of WordPress, or if you’ve gone further and started to develop your own plugins, or if you’d like to start a website but don’t know where to start, or if you’re generally interested in the development of open standards or open source content management systems (and the satellite web services that support them) – WordCamp may be of interest to you.
- Date: Saturday and Sunday 19-20 July 2008
- Venue: Aston University, Birmingham
- Venue: The Studio, Birmingham
Find out more at the WordCamp UK website.
It’s only 15 months since I mentioned the rocket-like acceleration of Akismet which went from a standing start to the point where it had fended off a million spam messages for its users in just 4 months. If things had continued at that pace it would have squashed a cool 5 million spams by now. Continue reading
The plugin system on BBPress is still rather rudimentary (you create a folder called “my-plugins”) and any php that exists therein is considered to be an activated plugin. The good news here is, that (a) it works and (b) it’s so similar to the WordPress that many plugins will magically work without modification. My Google Analytics Plugin for WordPress is (almost) one such example. Continue reading
BBPress has been released today (try it). For quite some time now I’ve been quietly using BBPress for managing thoughts and discussions on another website. This has been possible for two reasons: firstly, the pre-release version of BBPress has been quite stable and secondly, I’ve been using it in a password protected area so it’s not been open to public use and abuse. Continue reading
My spam counter in Akismet has been steadily rising of late, and it’s been approaching 10,000 caught spams very quickly. Yesterday it went through 9,950 and with my average of over 100 spams per day it should have gone through the 10,000 barrier by now. But instead I’ve had about 3 spams today. Did I just find an off button for spam? Continue reading
This last few weeks the site has been very heavily hit by comment spammers hawking their usual reprobate websites and wasting internet bandwidth. Akismet has been doing a sterling job of catching this spam and not one message has made it onto the site (I wrote about Akismet’s effectiveness in the pre-launch testing previously). In the bad old days before Akismet I’d have to go through the “unmoderated comments list” in order to find the occasional real comment amidst all the spam, this is no longer necessary, which is wonderful. Comment-Spam-Nirvana has not been reached yet, however. Continue reading
It’s a windy night in Portsmouth and I can’t sleep, so I’ll be updating the blog to WordPress 2.0 during the next few hours. If the theme changes, or if things break, that’s expected during the upgrade process. Continue reading
After a long period of growth by invitation only WordPress.com has today thrown open the doors for public consumption. WordPress.com (naturally) runs on the popular WordPress personal publishing system (that this website uses), so I can heartily recommend it. Get your free, hosted WordPress ‘blog today.
This plugin will automatically generate and include HTML Meta Tags and Technorati Tags based on the full text of your post. Continue reading
This is the first beta release of a WordPress plugin that can add Google Analytics to your website without you needing to code one single set of <>’s. Continue reading
I’ve spoken with two new users of my MostWanted plugin during the last week, both of whom were keen on using the fixstats feature, which I’d written, but which I’d never actually linked-in to he code. So here’s a new version of MostWanted the at includes the capability to fix the stats which StatTraq doesn’t correctly handle (because of permalinks). Continue reading
This website – like any website that allows readers to submit comments – receives comment-spam, usually advertising medicines, gambling, or other vices.
Two small updates to the MostWanted plugin, rolled into one release. Continue reading
Like a chosen few before me, I have become the posessor of a WordPress.com golden ticket; a rather rare invitation to join wordpress.com and start a free ‘blog, on what is one of the most sought-after domains on the net. It appears that I am at liberty to pass this ticket on to one lucky individual. Continue reading
Hopefully I just spoiled a spammer’s whole week. How? I bought the domain that he’s trying to promote (MyNiceMailAt.com) before he did. Continue reading
I’ve just made a small update to the MostWanted plugin that solves an output validity issue. Continue reading