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This category contains all my posts about blogging technology — plug-ins, themes, design, etc.

WordPress Wednesday: Delicious Links

Delicious is a social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source. With emphasis on the power of the community, Delicious greatly improves how people discover, remember and share on the Internet. Lots of people use Delicious to store bookmarks online, and as a blog publisher […]

WordPress Wednesday: Amazon QuickTags Plugin

I published a few articles back in early 2005 and late 2006 explaining how you can edit your WordPress quicktags.js JavaScript file to add new buttons to your Edit Post menu. At the time this was the simplest way I knew to change the WordPress interface. Since then, however, every time a new version of […]

WordPress Wednesday: Displaying Huge Archives

Once you’ve been blogging for a few years, you’re going to realize that your archives page is huge. For the casual one-post-each-week blogger, it might be okay to display the titles or even excerpts of posts on your archives page. But what about you and your twenty-posts-per-day blogging habit? It won’t be long before your […]

WordPress Wednesday: Create a Twitter Widget

The team at ProBlogDesign has posted an excellent tutorial explaining How to Create Your Own Twitter Widget. The instructions are very detailed and by following them you’ll learn quite a lot about how widgets work.

Displaying Older Posts

I’m suffering from a little bout of writer’s block these days. When you combine that with the fact that I haven’t been cruising the ‘net finding new and funny things, it makes for a dearth of new content on this site. I was thinking that it would be cool to display a single post from […]

Akismet Works

I installed Akismet here at the beginning of the Fall of 2006. I really don’t know how I lived without it. I emptied the queue about seven hours ago, and when I got to the office this morning there were already almost 1500 comments, pingbacks, and trackbacks flagged as spam. Akismet has protected your site […]

WordPress Tags

I was very happy to see that the WordPress developers included the ability to “tag” posts. For a long time I’ve been using my own bastardized version of Bunny’s Technorati Tags to add tags to this site. A few days ago I decided to bite the bullet and convert to using the tag system that […]

Plaxo Is Stealing Comments

The original Plaxo is a little address-book organizing tool that I had always liked quite a bit. It’s got an Outlook plug-in which lets it sit in there and pay attention to the email addresses of people who email me and the people I email. There’s some global information superhighway sort of thing out there […]

A Rant about Keywords and URLs

A day or two ago I was pinged by a co-worker from my previous job. He wanted to know why, during its recent redesign, I didn’t include keywords in the URLs of the pages on a site I originally built a long, long time ago. I told him that there was no concrete evidence anywhere […]

WordPress Gunning-Fog Analysis PlugIn

A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to build a WordPress plugin to display a Gunning-Fog analysis on his blog. The math part was pretty easy stuff. I was having a borch of a time getting the plugin to count syllables, so I hunted through Google and found someone else had written […]

Akismet and Comment Spam

Since I installed it 143 days ago, Akismet has killed 23,683 spam comments on this blog. That’s an absurd 165 pieces of spam per day. And the number is definitely increasing daily at what I consider an astronomical rate. I have no doubt that in the time it takes me to write this post I […]

Three Simple Steps to Fix Technorati Tags

According to the tag help page at Technorati, all you have to do to have their system “find” your tags is (1) add a rel=”tag” parameter to your links and (2) make sure those links end with the word you are tagging (e.g. The first part is simple. The second part is easy, but […]

Tags and Technorati

A little while ago I cobbled together a tagging system here on the site. The tags appear at the bottom of each post and you can use them to find related content. For some reason, though, they aren’t being caught by Technorati. I’m pretty sure I followed their specs exactly, but no dice. Every time […]

A Short History of

I have been planning to add an “About” page to this site for about four years. Everybody who’s anybody has an “About” page. People who visit and know not what a blog is must wonder what this site is “About”. I just never seem to get around to it. I have no idea what this […]

Timeline WordPress Plugin

This domain of mine has had stuff on it for a long, long time — before WordPress or MovableType or even Blogger. The original is, sadly, lost forever. Some pieces of it have been kicking around on my various hard drives and FTP locations for a decade now. One file that I could never […]

BlogRolling Ping

If you’re wondering why never seems to show your site as recently-updated, it’s likely because you’re not pinging it. I’ve been using the BlogRolling sidebar for years and just yesterday I noticed that my own site never seems to appear near the top of the list. MovableType was apparently pinging the BlogRolling servers, but […]

How-To: WordPress Tags

Tags! They’re everywhere! It seems like every site on the ‘net is adding tagging now. Tag clouds — ridiculous, pointless, and annoying — are not the reason. Tagging is a good way to get into Technorati and a good way to get more traffic to your site. It’s a nifty way to organize your posts […]

Disable WordPress File Upload

Although I can appreciate that it’s a really nifty feature, I am likely never going to use the built-in File Upload feature in WordPress. What has bugged me is that it’s in an IFRAME in the Write Post panel; I think it slows the page load. I was trying to get rid of it, but […]

DropCaps, Amazon Tags for WordPress

I have finally updated two of my WordPress hack tutorials so that they are compliant with v. 2.04. The first one — DropCaps — allows you to put that nifty “dropcap” into a post. This post begins with a dropcap I. The second one — Amazon Tags — adds two new buttons to your editing […]

WordPress Captcha

The spammers finally broke me. I’ve gotten well over 3,000 spam comments since Monday morning. It was becoming such a pain to delete them all that I have now implemented Nio’s anti-spam comment captcha WordPress plug-in. It seems to be working pretty well so far. Please let me know if you have any issues. NOTE: […]