Archive for May, 2007
Another popular blogging service has added a feature that WordPress has had for a while: auto saving of drafts.
Here are some details from Blogger’s Blog:
Today we’re adding autosaving of draft posts to the Blogger post editor. Now you don’t have to feel so bad about browser crashes, random laptop restarts, or that hamster vs. gerbil war going on behind your desk that keeps knocking your power cord out of the socket, because Blogger is automatically saving as you type! It’s doing it to me right now. Even if I…
Whoops! I just pretended that my browser crashed for the purpose of illustrating that the above paragraph is still intact, thanks to autosave! So say “goodbye” to lost blog posts. You won’t miss them.
I am happy to see more blogging tools use such features, as I am forever crashing Firefox on both my laptop and desktop. Interesting though that I haven’t heard of any new features being added lately to a hosted tool that WordPress doesn’t already have.
I found out the news that TypePad’ service had got an update, which included the ability to create pages, from an interesting source, one of its competitors, Matt Mullenweg.
If you’re a TypePad blogger, we know you’re serious about making a great blog. But what about the parts of your site that don’t fit into your blog? A detailed contact page listing all the ways someone can get in touch. What about a biography that explains just how you became such an expert on the topic you blog about? Or, maybe your business’s blog needs a good set of directions to your office, along with a map. A couple extra pages on your site would add a lot of power and flexibility to your blog.
With the new TypePad Pages, you can use all the power of TypePad’s posting tools to create as many individual web pages as you want.
Interesting since all the features TypePad has added have been part of WordPress for a while now. Probably why Matt was smiling wide when he published a link to the new updates.
Ben Bleikamp, a respected designer and interesting writer has posted his reasonings for ignoring your blogs, and quite simply it is because you aren’t showing your best content.
I browse through 100 blogs a day. I subscribe to 51. That means that when I read your blog I forget about it. Itâ€™s your fault. You havenâ€™t proved to me that youâ€™re providing valuable content on a regular basis.Making the front page of Digg is great for your page views but how often does it provide a significant jump in the number of people subscribing to your blog? Making the front page of these social news sites is worthless if you donâ€™t have a way to show new visitors what your best content is.
Check out his full reasonings and even some tips and solutions on his blog.
I love blog posts that remind us about the tools we are forgetting, and Daily Blog Tips has just such a post about underrated WordPress plugins.
Including plugins like the Custom Querry String, Head Meta Description and Clean Archives in the list, these plugins are ones you might want to check out, as they can be pretty powerful.
Check out the full list if you think you might be missing something useful. I’d love to see some of these underrated plugins move out of that category.
Over on adClustr there is a post describing the different tools and services you can use to get your RSS feed to earn a bit of money through advertising. I am not sure what the average going rate is for an advertisement in a feed, but it seems to be growing in popularity to monetize them as many of the bigger sites I read have already used one system or another to implement them.
I have to admit that I find advertisements in feeds a little less glaring than most on site advertising, but at the same time, I have never clicked an advertisement in a feed.
Some of the tools and services mentioned in the article include Text-Link-Ads Feedvertising, Feedburner Ads, Pheedo and Kanoodle.
Check out the article for some details on these services, and if you have thousands of feed readers, and feel you should monetize them, then one of the mentioned sites will help make that happen.
Well, it didn’t take long to go from a release candidate to a full release and now WordPress 2.2 is out. Without the new tagging system, which we should now see in 2.3, WordPress 2.2 takes care of a lot of behind the scenes issues that needed some work.
Here are the biggest features mentioned on the development blog:
- WordPress Widgets allow you to easily rearrange and customize areas of your weblog (usually sidebars) with drag-and-drop simplicity. This functionality was originally available as a plugin Widgets are now included by default in the core code, significantly cleaned up, and enabled for the default themes.
- Full Atom support, including updating our Atom feeds to use the 1.0 standard spec and including an implementation of the Atom Publishing API to complement our XML-RPC interface.
- A new Blogger importer that is able to handle the latest version of Googleâ€™s Blogger product and seamlessly import posts and comments without any user interaction beyond entering your login.
- Infinite comment stream, meaning that on your Edit Comments page when you delete or spam a comment using the AJAX links under each comment it will bring in another comment in the background so you always have 20 items on the page. (I know it sounds geeky, but try it!)
- We now protect you from activating a plugin or editing a file that will break your blog.
- Core plugin and filter speed optimizations should make everything feel a bit more snappy and lighter on your server.
- Weâ€™ve added a hook for WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari.
Check out the full details at WordPress.org and it is time to upgrade.
Over on David Dalka’s blog he makes note of some interesting news coming from the Yahoo owned MyBlogLog.
There are several changes in the works:
1) The biggest news is that there will be a rebranding of MyBlogLog. The exact timing and new brand were not revealed. (YahooBlogLog or MyYahooLog? Time will tell.)
2) A complete site redesign is on the way!
4) Yahoo! is hard at work to remove the offensive photos so that MyBlogLog would be palatable to more conservative business blogs.
No one is surprised about the re-branding that is coming, but they are going to be adding some interesting features. I don’t know if it will be too little, too late, as it seems like the MyBlogLog idea is already fizzing out.
I’d love to hear some positive stories about MyBlogLog, and so if you have them, please leave them in the comments.
Over on The Closet Entrepreneur there is a post about criticism, something that people are great at, except when it comes to constructive criticism.
The good form of criticism is known as constructive criticism, it offers valid feedback both positive and negative. Giving constructive criticism can lend much needed assistance to an individual by giving them feedback on things that can be improved and issues that can be avoided. Giving constructive criticism can also help establish your credibility and expertise by ensuring that you know what youâ€™re talking about, and the people who benefit from your constructive criticism will be more likely to credit you in some way or form for playing a part in their success. Constructive criticism can also keep feelings from being hurt by focusing on things that can be improved while avoiding personal attacks or insults.
It also pays to learn what constructive criticism is, so that you don’t feel offended when someone offers a piece of advice, or criticisms.
Check out the full article to get some ideas on how to give criticism.
Hot on the heels of the Release Candidate 1 release that we saw recently, the WordPress team has pushed out Release Candidate 2. This means that we are close to the final release of WordPress 2.2.
Ryan has put up a list of the changes, as well as a link to the new candidate.
And hereâ€™s the lowdown on what went into in RC2.
Some important changes included:
- A JS fix for Widgets admin. #5436
- Fix blogroll importing from local file. #4243
- Eliminated duplicate code in get_posts(). #4251
- Return the proper server protocol when HTTP/1.0 is requested. #3886
Ever wish that WordPress would include a system for creating a zip file that included all your favorite plugins? Well, WPZipper has come along, and is working at fulfilling that need.
You can download a fresh version of WordPress with the plugins you select, or just a zip of all your favorite plugins. The system couldn’t be easier. I almost wish they included a way to add in themes as well.
It also brings up the question of trust, as this is not an Automattic project. It looks like some people are trusting the site though as they have already reported over 20,000 plugin downloads via their system.
A great idea, and one that should have been adopted by Automattic a long time ago.
Not that they couldn’t undercut Noah and his site by integrating such system into their new Plugins section of WordPress.org.