Upgraded to WordPress 2.7

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

I’ve upgraded this site to WordPress 2.7. Please holler if you notice any problems.

Monetizing Feeds

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I’m experimenting with AdSense for Feeds to see if I can increase the revenue from these sites from its current level at which my time would be more profitably spent digging in the couch for lost change.

This has required some changes to the feeds (they are now redirected through FeedBurner) so holler if anything looks awry. If it borks up, I’ll just kill the feed ads. The only real money this site makes is from the Amazon affiliate sales anyway. (Hmm, I wonder if I can sneak those into the feeds somehow?)

If this works, soon the feeds too will contain adds for “American Touch Painting”, “Top O.C. Divorce Attorney (Aggressive & Caring Representation)”, “Internet Dispute with a Free Telephone Consultation with Aggressive Lawyers”, and “Tummy Tuck Orange County”. Hmm, Maybe this wsn’t such a good idea after all. I wonder if AdBlock Plus works for feeds?

Incompetent Boobs Part 3

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

I’m beginning to feel like I can write this story on autopilot:

Our companies web site uses a content managment system whose interface is all browser based. Turning the GSA loose on our web site using an administrative account ended up wiping out 85% of our web site’s content thru the execution of delete actions from web page links in the administrative interface of the content managment system.

The CMS system we use is built in coldfusion (which we’re rapidly moving away from to .NET sometime next year.). These coldfusion pages have buttons / images all hyperlinked to perfrom different actions for content records, content folders, and unfortunately whole web site instances. One of these hyperlinked image buttons deletes the content when clicked, which the crawler furiously did last night.

And just in case anybody didn’t get the point the first two times I ran this story:

Borked Again

Monday, May 26th, 2008

While I wasn’t looking, WordPress somehow decategorized most, but not all, of the over 700 posts on this site. However it did this mostly to older posts so I didn’t notice at first. However the result of this is that most of the URLs have now changed, and many things that shouldn’t be in the birding category now seem to be; for instance, this post about Mac OS X Leopard. In addition the category pages such as Sci Fi now are virtually empty.

I can see no alternative but to go through and manually recategorize all 730 posts on this site as time permits. If I do 10 a day I’ll be finished in three months. Bleah.

I am increasingly unpleased with WordPress. I’m going to stop recommending it to others, and will seriously consider any alternatives that come along.

Are We Deborked Yet?

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

I couldn’t figure out how to fix the comments problem introduced by the recent upgrade so I restored the database from backup, and ran the upgrade one more time. There were still a number of error messages:

Upgraded WordPress

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

I’ve upgraded WordPress on this site to version 2.5.1. For the first time, things did not go perfectly smoothly so please holler if you notice any problems.