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Web News and Blogs Upgraded

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Over the Labor Day weekend, this blog was upgraded from version 1.5 to 2.2 of WordPress. It took eight hours to complete; mostly due to customization of the look-n-feel, and I chose to replace the header graphic.

The blog was live and accessible within the first hour – it just wasn’t stylized to my website. Readers could still make their way through and get the information that they were looking for.

How’d I do it? Following the instructions at the WordPress site for upgrading WordPress 1.5 to 2.2:

  1. I backed up the database and programs to my local system.
  2. I downloaded the new WordPress programs
  3. I deleted some files and folders at the live site (per instructions)
  4. I uploaded the new files and folders to the live area, careful to not overwrite any of the files and folders that I had left from the previous version.
  5. I ran the upgrade program, and, the blog was accessible within 1 minute. The database conversion was automatic and took only 20 seconds (for 50+ entries).
  6. I went into the admin and chose the Widgets and Plugins that I wanted.
  7. I added a blog entry announcing that I was upgrading the blog (in case readers were seeing things change or out of synch).

All of that took about an hour (as I checked and double checked files and folders). The widget maintenance module provided in this new version made it very easy to customize the right sidebar. For this version of my blog, I added the AWSOM Drop Down Archive Plugin (which you see at the top of the blog).

About 5 hours were spent customizing the new programs as I had customized the old. There are more programs in this version, so I had to customize more. Plus, I spent about one hour creating a new header graphic, and another hour lining up the text presentation on the background, and making the three columns play together.

A typical WordPress blog has two columns, the body and the sidebar navigation. I like to have my website’s navigation visible as well, so I added a third column on the left.

All in all it was not difficult work. More time consuming than I had wanted it to be, but, hey, now it is totally customized to my liking.

Happy blogging!

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Top Blog Searches

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Curious to find out what people want to know about blogs these days, I used Wordtracker (Wordtracker’s Free Trial) to find out the terms that people have been using to search for information about blogs in the last 90 days.

Here’s the baker’s dozen – as of May 30th, 2007 – of “blog” search terms in order by most popular to least popular:

  1. blog
  2. battlestar gallatica blog
  3. blogs
  4. amateur blogs
  5. diabetes blog
  6. free blogs
  7. real estate blogs
  8. celebrity baby blog
  9. what is a blog
  10. amateur blog
  11. blog search
  12. levitra blog
  13. radio blog

 

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Tip for Adding Entries to Your Blog

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Blog programs come with pre-defined themes. Themes are the “style” of the pages – the colors, fonts, graphics, style of menu items, highlighting, etc. If you are using a robust blogging tool, you selected the theme you wanted when you set up your blog.

Here’s a tip to preserve the font that goes with the theme you chose.

When cutting and pasting from a word-processing document, first cut and paste the text from the original document into a TEXT editor like (Notepad or BBEdit). Then cut it out of the text editor and into the blog’s entry field. Then use the blog’s style controls (bold, italicize, link, etc.) to re-style the text.

Why should you care?

Cutting directly from a word-processing document can sometimes cause the original font to be embedded in the information that is cut. If you cut and paste from multiple word-processing documents, multiple blog entries display in multiple fonts.

Preserving the blog theme’s font provides a consistent presentation. Consistent presentation is not only neat and easy to read, it tells your audience that you are consistent – a good message.

Happy blogging!

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Still Wondering About the Popularity of Blogs and RSS Feeds?

Monday, January 30th, 2006

In an earlier post, I wrote about the shift from subscribing to receive e-mail alerts (about your favorite subjects) to subscribing to RSS Feeds.
Some of you may be wondering whether Blogs and RSS Feeds are here to stay. Here’s some interesting stats recently posted by the Bloglines Team Members on their website.

On Jan. 17, 2006, Bloglines (bloglines.com) reported that:

We’re proud to say that Bloglines has experienced tremendous growth, more than tripling subscribers, feeds and articles in less than a year. On January 5th we topped 1 billion articles and we’re currently pulling in new articles at a rate of 3-4 million per day. For those number naysayers out there, keep in mind that we only keep articles from feeds that users have subscribed to (which also keeps our splog count lean). …

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Blogs to Watch: Blogs about Blogs

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

Not convinced that the Internet is evolving into a blogging nation? Keep your eyes on these two blogs about the popularity of and trends in blogging.

  • BlogPulse
    03/17/08 reporting 75.4 million blogs, 684 thousand added in the last 24 hours.
    11/05/05 reporting over 18 MILLION blogs, 41 thousand added in the last 24 hours.
  • Technorati
    03/17/08 – Spent 1/2 hour looking for statistics. Darned if I could find them! It’s not the Technorati I used to like.
    11/05/05 reporting 20.7 MILLION blogs
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