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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

September
15
2007
7:34 am
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This week I performed some maintenance on my blog.  As many of you know, I use the open source (read: free) WordPress software to power the blog, as I find it easy, extensible, powerful and, well, FREE.  My hosting provider actually offers a wizard to just launch a new blog and it’ll do all the setup for you, but I chose to install from scratch and do my own customizations and what-not, seeing as how I’m a geek.

The first upgrade I started with was the upgrade to WordPress 2.2.3 from 2.0.1.  Actually, now that I think about it, I’m not 100% positive I was on version 2.0.1, although my admin dashboard page said so.  I looked back in my source folders and I had a copy of 2.1.3 floating in there, so I probably upgraded to 2.1 at some point.  I may have even blogged about it but since my search page is broken, I may never know.  Even now that I’ve upgraded, it still says “powered by 2.0.1”.  Oh well, I’ll figure that out later.

I say “first upgrade I started with” because as I was reading the install/upgrade instructions it recommended a Maintenance Mode plugin.  I thought – how cool is that?  So I installed the new maintenance plugin, did my backups of my blog, database, etc, activated the plugin and whammo – I have a maintenance page!

Maintenance mode page

Very cool.  I’m almost professional, even.

So then I started the WordPress upgrade, and it took no time at all.  I un-enabled (is that a word?, er, disabled) the maintenance mode and now I’m all upgraded and safe. 

The next piece, albeit very optional and mostly unrelated to the wordpress upgrade was to upgrade SpotMilk.  SpotMilk is a great enhancement to the WordPress administration console.  The original one that comes with WordPress is nice enough, but SpotMilk is way cooler.  I was at 2.0.1 and upgraded to 2.2.1 with much lack of pain.

Now I’m on the hunt for what else I can upgrade or pimp out my blog with.

Hey, that’s a good idea!  Pimp Out My Blog.  It can be a weekly series where good web designers descend for a week on some poor shlep’s blog and totally pimps it out.  Ok, I just googled it and it seems someone else has taken the domain name and the idea.  🙂

Some things I’m thinking about for my blog:

  • Profanity filter for the comments. 
    I want cuss words to be cartooned out, like s$!t or @#$@@!  I understand some people just use profanity in their normal course of work, and I also understand some people would highly prefer not to see it, and I would understand people who avoid blogs that contain it.  So seeing as how even cartoons such as Calvin and Hobbes has curse words veiled behind punctuation, why can’t I?  I’ve seen a couple out there but haven’t actually tried any of them yet.
  • Tag cloud for categories, or a category browser
    I still have a hard time deciding what to do here.  I have used 343 categories!  Some subscribe to the theory of only using a short list of categories, so as maybe to structure their posts or make it easier to browse around.  I like using more specific categories because they get used as tags in pingomatic or digg or technorati.  If I blog about spotmilk, I want the category or tag to contain it, if for no other reason than it enhances the ability for someone else on the internet to find my entry.  Especially if they’re looking for someone who <b>upgrade</b>d <b>wordpress</b> with <b>spotmilk</b>.  This post has three of those keywords!
  • Search that works
    I don’t know why mine is broken – but then again I haven’t really looked.  I’m thinking it’s because I have # (pound sign) in some of my posts, but still, I have no idea.  But maybe there’s a better search plugin I can load that will solve the problem for me 🙂
  • Pages for better navigation
    Right now, I just have the blog and a sidebar.  I want to add a FAQ, About, Most popular posts, my favorite posts, etc.  Maybe even a rating system for entries so people can “vote”.  I don’t know

What do you like about people’s blogs that’s NOT content-specific?

February
22
2007
10:35 pm
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I’m going to upgrade from 2.0.4 to 2.1.1 of WordPress, the blogging software I use to run this site.  It should be mostly easy, and hopefully all you folks who watch my blog every single hour just to watch for updates won’t be disappointed 🙂

EDIT:

Oh great, now 2.1.1 has been declared dangerous

Long story short: If you downloaded WordPress 2.1.1 within the past 3-4 days, your files may include a security exploit that was added by a cracker, and you should upgrade all of your files to 2.1.2 immediately.

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