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WordPress stats – Revisited

August 30, 2008 Leave a comment

I made a post in my early days of this blog, comparing TypePad stats with WordPress stats, and looking back at it now, I must admit that I did not cover the WordPress stats well enough. Especially after WordPress released their tabular stats feature. There’s really not much to say about TypePad stats, except that they are useless. So lets present the WordPress stats as they really are for this blog.

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How to make category tabs in wordpress.com

August 28, 2008 15 comments

One design feature that many WordPress blogs have and that no TypePad blog has is page tabs. You have probably seen them on many wordpress.com blogs, and you can see them on this blog too: The tabs “Home”, “About”, “Contact” and “Scoreboard” are pointing to pages. But did you know that you can make them point to categories instead?

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How to effortlessly steal content from other websites

August 26, 2008 8 comments
Press This

Press This

The latest addition to useful tools in WordPress (and it’s a tool that TypePad does not have) is the Press This bookmarklet, which lets you copy and paste anything from other websites into a post or a page you are writing, simply with the click of a mouse, so to speak. No more laboriously copying and pasting and formatting and HTML-stripping text, it’s all there in one go. Isn’t that great?

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Improved: Inserting images in WordPress versus TypePad

August 25, 2008 Leave a comment

In a previous post, a month ago, comparing how to insert images in Typepad versus WordPress, I gave TypePad the upper hand. Today, I have to revise this. WordPress has changed the image/media settings, to the better, at least from my point of view. In typical WordPress manner new features are released on Friday afternoon, unannounced, which of course resulted in a barrage of angry and frustrated cries for help in the wordpress.com support forum, because images were suddenly no longer working the way they used to do.  Anyways…what did actually change at WordPress to make me change my mind?

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TypePad versus WordPress: Social Bookmarking

August 23, 2008 4 comments

When I first signed up for WordPress after having been on TypePad I was disappointed to learn that WordPress did not have an integrated social bookmarking widget, such as ShareThis. ShareThis works very well with TypePad and WordPress has many built-in widgets, but I did not find a widget like that in my widget list. Is it not possible to have social bookmarks on WordPress? It is, but it takes a little bit of effort. Let me show you how.

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TypePad versus WordPress – So, what’s the difference?

August 22, 2008 5 comments

For the first-time blogger, deciding which platform to sign up with, comparing features is important. How much is advertising and how much is truthfully telling what you can really do? Today marks the start of a new series, comparing the features of WordPress and TypePad, as they are advertised on the TypePad Features website and the WordPress Features website.

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Wordle – do you really know what your blog is about?

August 21, 2008 Leave a comment

Today is totally off-topic. I’ve kind of reached a dead end in my Typepad versus WordPress comparison…what more is there to compare? Plenty, I know that for sure, but my mind is a total blank today. Alright, then,  let’s add some fun stuff. Have you heard about Wordle?

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How to use CSS to prevent content theft

August 20, 2008 4 comments
Copyright

Copyright

Did you know that CSS can help you in making your copyright visible with scraper sites who have shamelessly stolen your content? It’s not foolproof and a smart scraper will find out how to work around this, but for any automated scraper simply stealing off your published feed, this will work.

Albeit this is not exactly a WordPress versus TypePad matter, it is interesting since access to CSS comes at a very different price inWordPress compared to TypePad.

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FIXED: More annoying things about the tag cloud

August 19, 2008 1 comment

My previous post about weird things in the tag cloud turns out to be a false alarm. The staff response in this forum thread indicates that there must have been some glitch at WordPress HQ causing this erratic behaviour, but you never know with WordPress, they tend to release new features without telling, so I wasn’t sure, hence my post, before going to bed. Anyway, I’m glad it’s fixed and taken care of now. They [WordPress, sic.] robbed me of a potential good post here, but rather that than keep the tag cloud the way it was. Thanks, WordPress…which only goes to show that WordPress Support is monitoring the WordPress Forums and responding to user discussions, and, by the way, this is not the first time it has happened.

More annoying things about the WordPress tag cloud

August 19, 2008 3 comments
WordPress tag cloud

WordPress tag cloud

Actually I had set aside a fun and off-topic post for today, but the strangest thing happened to my wordpress.com blog today.  The tag cloud suddenly lists tags by size, not by letter…what gives? Besides looking absolutely terrible it’s absolutely useless. I for one tend to go through lists alphabetically, not by size, and the most used and biggest tags stand out anyway…so why order them by size?

When I first posted about the tag cloud, more than a month ago, it was because it didn’t line break. Now there is a new annoyance: tag sorting. What’s up with WordPress? I do enjoy new features, but this one makes no sense to me. Is it so that people can easier find what I write about most? No, it can’t be, those tags are standing out big anyway. Is it some sort of weird SEO, so Google will know what I write most about by looking at my tag order this way? I’m at wits end here. Or have the ingenious programmers at WordPress gone completely mad? Maybe that’s more like it. I have seen tag clouds in use in many places, not just blogs, but this is the only place I know of that displays the tags in this manner. Maybe it’s to mimick the wordpress.com tag list? At least the tags on the wordpress.com front page still look normal…until the engineers start fiddling with that too…

Oh, on a final note, I owe this discovery to surlylump, who posted this sudden change in tag cloud behavior on the WordPress Forums earlier today.

UPDATE

This matter has now been fixed.