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Archive for November, 2007

EatonWeb To Devalue PageRank

In what makes complete sense to me after the last PageRank update, EatonWeb, a directory that I know and trust, has decided to devalue PageRank on their own ranking system.

Here are some details from their own post on the matter:

EatonWeb uses a combination of metric factors to determine the value of a website. However, we are planning to phase out PageRank in our metric over the next 12 months because, quite honestly, we no longer feel that it’s an accurate reflector of site value. Not to mention the empirical observation that our directory rankings were more accurate before the recent PageRank penalties were handed out. We’re doing this for the sake of quality….the quality of our directory.

I saw many websites shift in PageRank in the last update, and many of them didn’t seem to be fairly judged by Google, making me think that more places using Google’s PageRank system as a contributing factor, might want to slowly pull away from using them as a key influence, at least until Google starts to move their system back to a content quality system, rather than what almost appears to be a random numbering system.

Did PageRank effect your site? Would you like to see more directories and systems that use PageRank as a valuation factor move away from Google?

(for disclosure sake, I better mention that it is part of Splashpress Media, the owners of this blog as well, but I knew of and used EatonWeb for far longer than they have owned this site.)

Categories: General

Problogger.net Sells Shirts

Problogger ShirtIf you have been a fan of Darren Rowse and his Problogger blog, and which blogger isn’t, then you will be happy to spend a few dollars to show off his logo. He has finally put shirts up for sale using Printfection, which he says is of a higher quality than other alternatives he has tried.

If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, for men, women or children, check out the Problogger Printfection storefront.

All of the designs are based upon The ProBlogger Logo. Prices start at $14.99 and go up from there depending upon the style and design that you choose. There are discounts for buying more than one. Unfortunately Printfection don’t accept PayPal at this point – so it’s credit cards only.

Anyone else have any good suggestions on where we can pick up cool blogger related gear?

Categories: General

WordPress Hacking Increasing?

Recently, there have been more reports than normal of people having their blogs hacked. Some Splashpress Media blogs were effected, but only in so much that spam code was added to the entries, no personal data was accessed. Now I see that Vandelay Website Design’s blog has also been hacked. Is this all due to not-updating, or could there be other security concerns?

WordPress users, especially corporate and blog network users have to become more vigilant about making sure their WordPress blogs are up to date, their database and files are backed up, and that their file permissions are set correctly.

If anyone has any other security tips for WordPress users, please comment below. A security resource should be put together that goes above and beyond what I have already listed here.

Categories: WordPress News

Automattic Founders To Get Money

Everything makes sense in the world again. Recently, there were reports that Automattic, the people that “run” WordPress, had turned down $200 million dollars, but now it seems that they may have made a smart move, and are now set to receive $50 million. When is $50 million better than $200? When you don’t have to sell the whole company. The new round of financing, led by Polaris, who have already invested in Automattic, will mostly be used to cash out the founders.

Guess Matt can now afford to buy himself some pretty nice clothing, and pay for all those trips to WordCamps around the world. No details are yet set in stone, as this is still rumour and speculation, but if it was good enough for Michael Arrington to mention on TechCrunch, then I figure it is good enough to bring up here.

Automattic hasn’t yet confirmed the deal, but it would be a great birthday present to me (its my 25th), if they contacted me about an exclusive. Automattic is definitely a very business savvy company.

Categories: WordPress News

Defensio: An Akismet Competitor

Most of us use Akismet, as it is included with WordPress, but there is a new player in town, and it is called Defensio. Just like Akismet, it is a service where your comments are sent off your site to be analyzed by Defensio before going live on your site.

It is supposed to help block spam, and they report that they are doing a better job than their competition, but who knows if that is true.

I like their management system better than Akismet, but I think otherwise the two pieces of software are rather similar.

There are many great posts about the software, including a kudos from Automattic’s Akismet site. Does Defensio have a chance? I will have to give it a whirl on a few dozen blogs and let you know how it goes. Keep watch for an update on the script sometime in the coming weeks.

Categories: WordPress Plugins

Use WordPress Like Tumblr

Jeffro from Jeffro2pt0 has posted an interesting WordPress plugin that allows you to use WordPress a little more like Tumblr. The plugin is called QuickPosts and quickly gives you many of the same features you would be used to in a Tumblr site.

The plugin is called QuickPost and was developed by a company called Twelve Horses. After downloading, installing, then activating the plugin, you’ll have to go into the QuickPost options area and select a default category for each bookmarklet tab.

Thanks to this plugin, I’m seriously considering disbanding my Tumblr account and using this blog as my Tumbelog and everything else blog. After all, lifestreaming seems to be where everything is headed so perhaps setting the site up this way allows me to get a head start on the trend.

Definitely one worth checking out, and the comments hold some great help on getting things to work well.

Categories: WordPress Plugins

WordPress Theme: Neoclassical

A new theme from Chris Pearson has been released, it is a simple, three column theme with a large rotating header graphic.

Here are a few of his own words about it:

If the content of your site represents your message, then typography is the vehicle through which that message is delivered. Ironically, this is probably the most important area where most WordPress themes (and Web sites in general) fall short.

While that’s bad news for the masses, it’s actually great news for you, because I’ve got a 3-column cure for all your typographical woes—the Neoclassical Theme for WordPress.

While simplistic, there is something about the theme that really draws me into it. I had an early preview of the theme before it was even released, and I was like “I want that!”.

If you have been waiting for a simple, search engine optimized, three column WordPress theme, Chris has you covered with Neoclassical.

Categories: WordPress Themes

WordPress.com: Theme Release

There has been a new theme added to WordPress.com, and this time it is a beautiful dark theme called ChaosTheory.

Interestingly enough, it was designed exclusively for WordPress.com.

From the blog post:

It features an unusual single-column layout with two widget sidebars at the bottom, and a page navigation menu at the top. You’ll find it listed on Page 1 of your dashboard’s Presentation tab.

This is definitely not one of those sleazy link-whoring tactics, as the creator of the theme hasn’t even been mentioned.

Categories: WordPress News

WordPress To Host Premium Themes Marketplace

While Matt Mullenweg was in Argentina for WordCamp, he announced that Automattic plans to set up a marketplace for theme creators to sell their creations.

So far the only real detail released, which even it might not be set in stone, is that 50% of the sale price will go to Automattic for creating, updating and hosting the marketplace.

This could mean huge revenue increases for them, and the ability to further promote WordPress and the secondary products, like Gravatar, and Akismet.

If you have been creating themes to be sold once on Sitepoint or a similar forum, hopefully, this marketplace will allow you to sell your theme numerous times, and bring in a fair income.

You can read more about the WordPress Premium Theme Marketplace at Blog Herald, as well as my concerns and opinions on the whole endeavor.

Categories: WordPress News

Splashpress Media Acquires Heavyweight Blogs from Bloggy Network

This blog has been acquired by Splashpress Media, and me along with it. I am very excited to get back writing again, as it feels like I have let things slip a little too much around here.

Here is a sample of the press release:

New Media company Splashpress Media has announced the acquisition of five premier blogs from Bloggy Network LLC.

Along with this acquisition, Splashpress Media has also announced that Mr. David Peralty, Bloggy Network’s Director of Communications, is now joining the company as Head of Marketing. David has extensive experience in the new media industry, and looks forward to leading the charge in building up the Splashpress Media brand.

In a private sale for an undisclosed amount, the following blogs will now be operated by Splashpress Media:

Blogging Pro- Blogging Pro regularly features news, themes and plugins for blogging applications in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner. The site regularly discusses a wide array of blogging-related topics, from personal blogging, to blog monetization, to the technical aspects of blogging.

You can find all the details about the sale over at The Blog Herald.

For more information on what is going on with Bloggy Network, be sure to check out Ahmed’s post on Tech Soapbox.

Categories: General

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