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Layered Technologies Special Event: Meet Matt Mullenweg, Barry Abrahamson, and Me in Vegas

Many of you know that I’m a geek at heart. I go nuts over all things geeky. Secretly, I adore Barry Abrahamson, the server guru of Automattic and WordPress.com, especially when he starts talking numbers for WordPress.com: 2,638,958 file uploads About 1,074 gigabytes of new files. 417 terabytes of content transferred from our datacenters. 1,134,796,234 […]

Blog Struggles: When Is Your Blog Focus Too Narrow?

As I struggled to determine my blog’s focus, I debated like many about the definition of “narrow”. After all, how narrow is narrow in your niche? After years of personal debate on this issue, I came up with this answer: Your blog focus is too narrow when you run out of things to write about. […]

WordPress 2.5 New Automatic Plugin Upgrade Problems

I just published WordPress 2.5 Plugins Beware: Automatic Plugin Upgrade Problems on the Blog Herald and recommend that you check it out before using the new Automatic Plugin Upgrade feature in the just released Release Candidate 1 for WordPress 2.5 for beta-testers only. The issue with the new Automatic Plugin Upgrade feature is explained by […]

WordPress.com Marketplace and The Theme Debate

Last week, Matt Mullenweg made public his idea on creating a WordPress.com Marketplace to add more options to WordPress.com bloggers for a fee, especially meeting the demands of so many for more, more, and more. Among the proposals under consideration, and I stress that, since this is not a done deal but an idea, is […]

Heads Up News on WordPress 2.3

In the most recent WordPress Wednesday News on the Blog Herald, I covered a ton of resources, news, tips, and WordPress Plugins for the upcoming release of WordPress 2.3, due September 24, currently still in beta testing. I wanted to share some of the news with you here. In summary, tags will be built-in, and […]

Silence is a Memoriam, Not a Reason to Stop Blogging

Regarding my public announcement of the One Day of Blog Silence Event, I want to share a personal story. A few days before Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) in Israel, I was warned that when I heard the air raid sirens I wasn’t to be afraid. I was to stop whatever I was doing and […]

Can We Work Together To Stop Comment Spam?

In iwaruna.com’s “Comment Policy Review”, the author explores the struggle most bloggers have in dealing with the issue of battling comment spam on their blogs. I started out hyper-paranoid and became a “Fort Knox of websites,” as a friend put it: I required registration. I required login. I monitored and moderated every comment. I turned […]

Glimpses of WordPress 2.1

Ryan Boren, one of the lead WordPress developers, has been releasing preview information on WordPress 2.1, along with some other well-know WordPress developers, testers, and users. Here are some teasers about WordPress 2.1, due out soon: Ryan Boren reports there will be a Custom Image Header API which will allow easier handling of adding custom […]

Blog Battles Over Gallaudet University Presidents

There’s an interesting blogger-meets-journalist-meets-political ballyhoo going on over the ongoing debates and protests against Jane Fernandes, the woman chosen to be the next president of Gallaudet University, reports NPR’s Melissa Block. To understand why it keeps growing, NPR’s Joseph Shapiro says it helps to see the protest as a bloggers’ revolution: JOSEPH SHAPIRO, reporter: Ricky […]

Using WordPress in Your Domain Name? Don’t!

Update: After many discussions with Matt and the WordPress Community and staff, it is official. It is a violation of trademark to use WordPress in your site’s domain name. You may use it in the title and in blog posts, however, please note that using WP or WordPress in the site title implies the site […]

Getting Your Blog Ready for Internet Explorer 7

“Details on Microsoft Internet Explorer CSS Changes for IE7″ from the IEBlog is an updated list of all the supposed CSS bug fixes for the next version of Internet Explorer. In the long list of fixed IE bugs are resources to help you test your web page designs for the next version of Internet Explorer: […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Web Design

I’ve reviewed my writings over the past year for WordPress Tips, Tricks and Techniques, Designing WordPress Themes, Accessibility and Usability, and the basics of Web Development, which brings me to the more generalized category of web page design. As I explained in Designing WordPress Themes, designing a blog or website using WordPress is more complex […]

One Year Anniversary Review: In the Beginning WordPress Begot WordPressMU Begot WordPress.com

The dream was “how to make WordPress available to everyone, no matter what level of experience or expertise they had”. Individual WordPress blogs are great, but the popularity and ease of blogging got the corporate world interested in providing blogs for their employees as a way to communicate with the outside world on what they […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Helping WordPress.com Users

WordPress has won very high marks and reviews for awesome customer service and documentation in the past two years. It was only natural when things got going for WordPress.com bloggers to provide similar top quality help and support. It took a while to create a WordPress.com Support Forum. Before it arrived, I pitched in with […]

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