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  1. Posted February 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    HI Lorelle. Thank you for the info re: permalinks… I never gave it a thought until now.


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    Posted February 6, 2009 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    I am curious, if established bloggers have been using %category%/%postname% and they want to follow the new guidelines, what is the recommended means of switching permalink structure? I have seen a couple of different methods described in various places to prevent broken links. I am wondering what would be the best method. Any ideas?

  3. Posted February 6, 2009 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Lorelle. It’s high time I stopped being a developer and tried my hand at being a user. ;-)

    • Posted February 7, 2009 at 1:12 am | Permalink

      You are welcome, and I’m excited to see what you do using WordPress instead of putting all your energy into abusing it. :D Good luck with your ventures and remember you are much adored here.

  4. Posted February 6, 2009 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I can’t imagine changing my permalink structure as advised is going to do my incoming links any good?

    • Posted February 7, 2009 at 1:10 am | Permalink

      If you are using a current version of WordPress, changing your permalink structure will not impact any WordPress incoming links. HTML links and static file links, yes, if you change those within your permalink structure, but changing WordPress permalinks will not impact those.

  5. Posted February 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Ta Lorelle. I’ve not only changed my permalinks but ditched the “Permalinks Moved Permanently” plugin which has been hanging around on my site for a couple of years now. Seems WordPress can find the posts regardless now.

    • Posted February 8, 2009 at 12:04 am | Permalink

      Good to know. Ain’t it sweet when you figure out you don’t have to work so hard. :D

  6. Posted February 8, 2009 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    With the recent announcement of LiveJournal closing, many are transferring to

    As the lack of a link might suggest, there has been no such announcement. There were a number of layoffs at the company’s offices in San Francisco and many LJ users were frightened into moving or backing up their content elsewhere (never a bad idea, regardless of where you blog). LJ is still open to signups and planning their 10th anniversary celebrations in April.

    While I’m not optimistic about the site’s future, reporting their demise is at best premature, at worst irresponsible. Still, the great thing about blogging is that there are always readers prepared to check the facts on your behalf ;)

  7. Posted February 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the news about Akismet. Stats across the board are driving me a little crazy, and I’m wondering if you have run across this problem before:

    I have both the standard WordPress stats and the ShortStats plug in on my blog. The stat counts are DRAMATICALLY different, and I don’t know which one to believe. Example: WordPress will say I got 24 hits on something while ShortStats will say I got 45 unique visits plus 220 hits and 67 RSS. I know I’m still super-small, but I still want to know how many people are check out my site.

    Any help deciphering this would be greatly appreciated!

    • Posted February 10, 2009 at 12:33 am | Permalink

      Stats will be different depending upon when the Plugin or statistics tool gathers the information (is it real-time like Woopra, delayed by an hour, two, six, 24?) and how it counts. It also depends upon the version of the Plugin you are running. Some of the older versions of ShortStats had problems and I’m not sure if it has been updated to work with the latest version of WordPress.

      Tracking feeds is even harder. If you have any feed redirects, it might not count them.

      It’s not a clear cut thing. Different programs handle the numbers very differently. And honestly, if you are into exact numbers, then slow down and refocus. The stats often don’t tell you the information you really need to know. You may have 220 hits, but what are they coming for and how many of those were conversions to return customers. Think of them as general numbers to give you an estimate over time and you’ll do better, but find out how each stats package works to find out why there might be some discrepancy.

  8. Posted February 12, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Lorelle! Appreciate the insight.

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