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5 Advanced Techniques for Creating Plugins and Widgets for WordPress.com

by engtech of Internet Duct Tape As a reader of Lorelle On WordPress you might already know there is more than one type of WordPress blogging software, but most people who know what WordPress is have no idea there are different flavours of it. WordPress also called self-hosted WordPress, or WordPress.org has one blog that […]

When Akismet Goes Bad: What to do when Akismet starts spamming your own comments

The reason why I created Akismet Auntie Spam helper script was because I seem to have a problem few other people do — every couple of months Akismet decides that my own comments and trackbacks are spam. This is unforgivable and a fatal usability flaw in Akismet’s design. Comments and trackbacks from the blog admin should skip the spam check process. I challenge anyone who argues differently to have to deal with always having to double check if their own comments are marked as spam. The delay between posting a comment and it appearing in Akismet almost always assures that you will miss one or there will be an inordinate delay in responding to your commenters.

But enough of the ranting about my problems with Akismet. Here are two things you can do to help when Akismet is marking your own comments as spam.

What is Microblogging or Tumblelogging? Pros and Cons

by engtech of Internet Duct Tape Sometimes blogging applications like WordPress and Blogger are too much for what you want — they really are content management systems. Writing long-form content might not be your goal: perhaps you want to communicate with friends, or share links? Blogging has evolved into a culture of long-form articles. Sometimes […]

7 Ways to Find Your Muse

by engtech of Internet Duct Tape I never have trouble finding something to write about. A bigger problem for me is finding something inspiring enough that I’ll make the time to write about it. When my muse is hiding she’s often found: In my morning shower In my first cup of coffee In my morning […]

Learning About the Web in Plain English

by engtech of Internet Duct Tape Having a background in computer engineering has been a great boon to me when it comes to blogging. While I might not be the best at writing, web design, or being on top of the breaking news, I have had an edge from being genuinely interested in the technology […]

Sandbox Design Competition Winners

This is a guest post from engtech of Internet Duct Tape. As a follow up to my post last Thursday, the Sandbox Design competition has completed and all the designs are available for download in one file (7 MB) or can be viewed on the live preview site. Congratulations to the winners! SandPress Moo Point […]

Sandbox Theme for WordPress Design Competition

This is a guest post from engtech of Internet Duct Tape. The Sandbox WordPress Design Competition has come to a close after two months. It was a resounding success. Live previews of the 46 new Sandbox designs will be available on August 5th, 2007. Over 31 people who participated in the competition. Some designers were […]

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