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I Hate My Web Host

No, I’m not moving Lorelle on WordPress. In spite of the limitations, I adore blogging on my WordPress.com blog. However, for over three years I’ve been dealing with a web host from hell for several of my other blogs. It began with promises of less than 24 hours to activate my site and transfer the […]

Akismet: All Our Comment Spam Fighting Eggs in One Basket

Recently, Blog Herald’s Abe Olandres wrote “Are We Betting Our Blogs on Akismet?” and he’s right. Most of us running WordPress practically rely on Akismet to combat spam and according to its overall stats, 93% of all comments are spam (the real figures would be a bit higher than that). Today alone, there are close […]

WordPress Plugins Battling Evil

I hate to admit it, but there is evil on the web. And it is often aimed directly at bloggers. Comment Spam WordPress Plugins One of my greatest fears on Lorelle on WordPress is that Akismet will go off-line or suddenly stop working. If their servers go down, it’s nightmare hell for Lorelle. The number […]

Airline Weather Drama: Handling Emergency Announcements on Your Site

Our reliance and dependence upon the Internet is clearly growing, as evidenced by recent weather dramas around the world. In England, British Airways website “crashed and burned” as passengers got online to find out whether or not their flight had been canceled due to extreme fog conditions. Thousands of passengers were stranded when British Airways […]

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 […]

When The Blog Breaks: Site Monitoring

A few months ago, it seemed like every two or three hours, my main site, Taking Your Camera on the Road, would go down. Eventually, with the help of my fabulous WordPress friends, we discovered that my host server changed their database monitoring security method to prevent abuse by putting a limit on the number […]

Blogging With the Best of Digg on WordPress.com

In “WordPress.com Snobbery”, General Disarray brings up their opinion that most of the top blogs cited on Digg are WordPress.com blogs: It’s safe to assume that pages that make it to the Digg front page are sufficiently interesting and well-written to attract a lot of attention from a large, educated and tech-savvy audience. What kind […]

Volcano Blog – Watching a Volcano Live

There are so many things you can do today that you couldn’t even do a year ago. One of those things is watch a volcano erupting, live, right now, in Alaska. The Alaska Volcano Observatory – Augustine Volcano Watch hosts two web cams and a blog reporting on the activity of the erupting volcano. AUGUSTINE […]

Biggest Copyright Infringement in the World But Nobody Cares Enough

In an interesting news article on Yahoo News – Experts: Suit Raises Copyright Questions, a company in Philadelphia is suing for copyright infringement the non-profit, Internet Archive, developed to “preserve Web pages that will eventually be deleted or changed” for all time. They currently have more than 55 billion pages stored there. (I’d love to […]

WordPress Server Crash – Well, That Was Fun

Yes, well, that was fun. NOT. If you didn’t figure it out, the WordPress.com servers took a stumble again for many hours today. The promise is that Matt and his team of developers and fixers have fixed this so it won’t happen again, but then whose counting. ;-) Thanks to everyone for protecting our precious […]

New Comment Spammer on the Loose – Pay Attention

Comment spammers are on the loose again, coming up with more inventive ways to distract us from their spamming comments, while they think they are increasing their page rank in search engines by forcing you to link to their websites with their comment spam links. I need to make this really clear, to you and […]

Oh, The Joy of Being Slashdotted and Dugg

It is the dream of many bloggers and website administrators: To be reviewed by Slashdot or Digg. Millions flock to your site and everyone is talking about what you have to say and do. It’s a great accomplishment. In fact, it’s a kind of award-winning achievement in the Blogosphere. Oh, I can’t believe it! I […]

Digging Into Digg – What’s Behind the Curtain

In a couple of fascinating articles, ZDNet’s Richard MacManus and Alex Bosworth of SourceLabs take us behind the curtain into what makes Digg tick. DIgg.com has shot up from non-existence this year to be a net publishing powerhouse, challenging the longstanding giant Slashdot for the crown of nerd news. The way Digg.com did it doesn’t […]

Give the Gift of Love to WordPress

If you are using WordPress, WordPress.com, and/or are a fan of WordPress, consider giving the gift of love to WordPress this year. It’s never to late to help support the development of WordPress, one of the most popular and fastest growing blogging tools around. You can help in four ways. All except one are very […]

One Stop Shopping for DNS Stuff

DNS means “Domain Name System” which stores information about host and domain names in a “type of distributed database on networks, such as the Internet.” Information stored includes the physical location (IP address), mail exchange servers accepting e-mail for each domain, and address and routing information for the domain. DNS as a tool for typical […]

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