Posts tagged Wordpress

Jekyll as a replacement for SSI

April 18, 2013, 8:51 a.m. jekyll , Wordpress

This site does not use server side includes.  Banish the thought! However this site does use PHP as if it was SSI. The site with the LAMP was first created in 2002, at that time CMS weren't as advanced as they are now. In spite of the millions of hours that have been invested in CMS by so many devel ...

The lady finally sings

March 5, 2013, 2:38 a.m. disqus , jekyll , Wordpress

It aint over until the lady sings and she refused to do so because she wasn't so happy with the commenting system. Initially I had tried to use Disqus but it had an unspecified error while importing from wordpress. Then I tried to use intense debate. Using intense debate is kind of like going back t ...

Finishing up Jekyll migration - this time for real

Feb. 23, 2013, 1:49 p.m. jekyll , Wordpress

Yesterday's goal was to finish off the migration from Wordpress to Jekyll (a destination that was arrived at after a long journey), however there still was a couple of sticking points including paginated categories and tags. Thankfully I found a really well documented plugin which someone with only ...

Jekyll finishing up

Feb. 22, 2013, 11:23 a.m. jekyll , Ruby , Wordpress

So it's been an eventful journey; after deciding to do away with wordpress (this time for real), I started looking at static blog generators with Jekyll being the very first. Thereafter I investigated Hyde, Mynt, Punch, Pelican and a few other as well. All of them had their pros and cons but in the ...

exit wp

Feb. 15, 2013, 4:36 a.m. exitwp , jekyll , Pelican , Wordpress

It suddenly occurred to me that the trouble may not be with the all static blog generators that I have been trying out but with the word press exporters. So far I had been using Wordpress to Jekyll exporter but because pelican had trouble with it, I used pelican's own importer. The pelican importer ...

The trouble with mynt

Feb. 12, 2013, 12:33 a.m. mynt , Wordpress

Even though I resolved to move away from wordpress late December, here I am typing yet another post into wordpress's all too familiar textbox. This is not the first time that I promised myself to ditch WP but this definitely will be the last. The reason that I am still stuck here is not for the want ...

mynt

Jan. 26, 2013, 9:28 a.m. Django , jinja , mynt , Wordpress

The hell with Jekyll and Hyde and Cactus. There is something far better. Too bad they couldn't pick a cool name for it. It's called mynt. From what I have seen of it so far, the only thing that sucks about it is the name.None of the big names mentioned above worked out of the box when used with the ...

Cactus Volt

Jan. 6, 2013, 11:04 a.m. jekyll , Python , Wordpress

After Punching  Jekyll and Hyde, it was time to look at alternative static blog generator. Something that I came across in the process is Cactus. It looks rather promising, unfortunately as with many open source projects the documentation is somewhat scarce. Still for all this is python which means ...

Jekyll and Hyde (and punch)

Jan. 2, 2013, 4:33 p.m. Hyde , jekyll , Node.js , punch , Wordpress

Does Jekyll power this blog now  the like I promised it would? short answer is I am working on it. The long answer is below.Jekyll is easy to install and get started by to go beyond an absolute bear bones site or blog you need plugins. Plenty of plugins. As with any good open source eco system, ther ...

Goodbye wordpress (this time for real) - Hello Jekyll

Dec. 26, 2012, 1:57 a.m. jekyll , punch , Wordpress

The last post on this blog is from Aug 2012. Schedule pressure played a large part in my not writing anything since then is lack of time. The other reason is being sick and tired of Wordpress. Each time you login to Wordpress there is at least one plugin that needs updating. The template now looks r ...

Learning Ruby in a Day

April 13, 2012, 5:36 p.m. religion , Ruby , Wordpress

I've made two previous attempts and learning Ruby and both attempts were total failures. This time I was determined to succeed and set myself a rather lofty goal of learning it in a day. Reading the Humble Little Ruby Book seemed like the way to go.  It's very generous of Jeremy McAnally to make thi ...

F#$!king Wordpress

April 11, 2012, 3:54 a.m. Wordpress

I am thinking of forking Wordpress. Did you think I meant something else? You have a dirty mind. Wordpress is probably the best blogging platform out there at the moment but some aspects are plain horrible. That's what I want to address. These are some of the specific things that I want to improve c ...

A full circle

April 6, 2012, 4:37 a.m. Wordpress

The other day I blogged about a new look to the website. What powers the new look? Wordpress. Yes, the same wordpress that I swore to keep away from.  But then there really isn't anything that's much better. Wordpress is the best of a bad lot.After spending at least 40-50 hours looking through all t ...

Fighting Wordpress

Nov. 27, 2011, 10:59 a.m. lame , MovableType , Wordpress

As of today, there are 26 posts tagged as Wordpress in this blog. It probably indicates that i have spent more time fighting Wordpress than blogging with it. Tired of this tedium, I decided to move on last week, to  try out a different blogging platform. I arrived at Wordpress via Movable Type so I ...

The last word on Wordpress SSL (Hopefully)

Nov. 21, 2011, 4:34 p.m. security , Wordpress

I've blogged too often in recent weeks about issues with WordPress. Many of those issues were related to Wordpress and SSL. I blogged a couple of times that I had solved them but apparently I hadn't. The solution that I had used, which involved a plugin named Wordpress HTTPS, lead to mix of  encrypt ...

And more wordpress and cloudflare issues

Oct. 26, 2011, 3:30 a.m. Cloudflare , Wordpress

So I blogged the other day about adding SSL to the Wordpress admin area for a site using the free version of Cloudfare. The solution that I adapted wasn't the perfect one - it leads to another issue - one of constant redirects. When you login to your admin area you are redirected to the wp-login.php ...

Cloudflare and Wordpress Admin

Oct. 8, 2011, 12:44 p.m. Centos , cloud , Wordpress

After suffering three site outages in as many days, I decided to wring in a few changes. One of them being adapting Cloudflare. Setting up Cloudflare is so rediculously easy, you don't even need to be a geek. It doesn't really speed up this site because Amazon AWS already is pretty quick. My intenti ...

A few wordpress issues here and there

Aug. 17, 2011, 10:59 a.m. Wordpress

This blog is pretty old now, it's origins date back to 2004 In the early days it was hosted on blogger and then on this site itself through MovableType and then finally it moved from MT to Wordpress. Though I had blogged about WP even as far back as 2006, the actual move wasn't made until 2008In the ...

A few rewrite rules

Sept. 23, 2010, 1:17 a.m. security , Wordpress

Once upon a long ago it didn't matter whether your site was www.raditha.com or just plain old raditha.com then along came Google Pagerank. Your website being accessible with or without the www could mean that your Pagerank is divided amongst two sites. Even though Google itself advised that website ...

json_encode/json_decode vs serialize/unserialize and fools vs idiots.

Aug. 1, 2009, 1:01 a.m. JavaScript , religion , Wordpress

If you want to write good , fast, memory efficient code (pick any three) you need to start off with good fast memory efficient algorithms. Using fprintf instead of fwrite or  java.util.ArrayList instead of java.util.Vector or $.ajax instead of $.get doesn't really make any difference at all. If you ...

Project HoneyPot - A honey trap for spammers

July 3, 2009, 2:21 p.m. anti spam , Wordpress

Project Honey Pot - is a service that allows you to track and help catch spammers who harvest email addresses from your web pages. Better still it helps you to keep out comment spammers. I even thought to write a wordpress plugin for it but as happens with many a good idea; someone else has thought ...

Wordpress 404 error on comment submission

July 1, 2009, 11:40 a.m. Wordpress

For more than six months whenever a visitor submitted a comment on this blog, he would be greeted with a 404 error. I blamed this on the advanced permalinks migration plugin and never got around to fixing it. It turns out that this may not be a fault of that plugin after all. It's something else tha ...

Wordpress Auto Upgrade and SFTP

June 30, 2009, 5:40 a.m. security , subversion , Wordpress

Wordpress added a nice feature a while back - the ability to upgrade your installation while logged into the admin console. If you make use of this feature you no longer need to mess around with downloading zip file, deleting the old stuff, loading the upgrade.php script etc etc. The same system can ...

Updating this, Updating that

June 23, 2009, 7:20 a.m. subversion , Wordpress

During the last few weeks, moving from Fedora 10 to 11 took up rather too much of my time, energy and space on this blog. But that's not the only thing that I have been updating. This blog is powered by wordpress and recently they released version 2.8 and naturally it has to be updated too. They hav ...

Subversioned Wordpress Upgrade

March 4, 2009, 3:50 a.m. Collaboration , Wordpress

They say, release early, release often and Wordpress is one software that seems to follow that mantra pretty well. Fortunately upgrading from one version of Wordpress to another is a painless task - unless of course you have a customized installation. Upgrading a customized installation can be made ...

Is that a Wordpress Bug?

Jan. 21, 2009, 1:56 a.m. Ajax , video , Wordpress

All of a sudden Wordpress refused to let me add a new post. It would take me to the add new page but would almost immediately make an XMLHtttpRequest and after that the TinyMCE editor just breaks up. ...

WordPress Performance and GZip.

Jan. 16, 2009, 1:40 a.m. Wordpress

Everyone loves wordpress and everyone hates it's poor performance. The reason that it is so slow is because half a dozen mysql queries are executed for each fragment of a blog post that it displays. So I thought of trying to compress the wp_posts table to find out if it has any impact on performance ...

Wordpress Chart Plugin

Jan. 3, 2009, 1:13 a.m. JavaScript , Wordpress

Wouldn't it be nice if the monthly archives could be displayed in the form for a chart? Unfortunately there isn't a plugin to do that. Well at least there wasn't one till now. I have just created a very basic plug-in it still needs a bit more work so I am not going to release it just yet. It's made ...

meta

Dec. 11, 2008, 4:18 p.m. web 0.8 , Wordpress

It seems like only yesterday that I decided not to upgrade to wordpres 2.6.5 - hang on a second it was yesterday! Well that decision is obsolete now with WP 2.7 out and well , i have taken the plunge and done the update - piece of cake really. Wish Fedora updates were as smooth as this.There was jus ...

Solving the permalink migration mystery.

Dec. 7, 2008, 3:57 a.m. Wordpress

Ever since I switched to Wordpress from Movable Type a few months ago. I have wanted to change the permalink structure. The scheme in use was just to have the post id (padded with zeros to make it appear to be a six digit number ( "%06d" ). I wanted to change the links to the postname but the older ...

Rretro Tagging ?

Nov. 2, 2008, 4:54 a.m. Wordpress

When I first started blogging more than 4 years ago, it was with blogger.com, Then I looked at a few other tools and finally settled on Movable Type. I don't remember if any of them had support for tags. Later versions of Movable Type that I upgraded to certainly did have this feature, but I never ...

Trying to Find a Fool Proof Way of Changing Permalinks

Oct. 30, 2008, 4:25 a.m. Wordpress

The other day, I changed the permalinks structure in my photo blog. I wasn't getting a lot of traffic  there, so I wasn't too worried about things going wrong. Well, they did go wrong. I used dean's permalink migration plugin (because it was the one recommended in a couple of articles I read on the ...

Putting the fun back into blogging.

Oct. 23, 2008, 2:59 p.m. Wordpress

Ever since switching from movable type to wordpress, I have been posting like mad. That in spite of my rather busy schedule. In fact I am busier now than I was about 2-3 months ago when I barely manged 2 posts a week. Heck I have an exam coming up in 10 days time and haven't even started reading. Ov ...

Fixing the Wordpress Permalinks Migration Plugin

Oct. 22, 2008, 11:26 p.m. Wordpress

The other day, I changed the wordpress permalinks structure on my photo blog. Once you make the change, incoming links on other sites, google search and even internal links will result in 404 errors because wordpress will no longer map your old permalinks to individual posts. You can fix it by using ...

Wordpress: Change Permalinks

Oct. 20, 2008, 4:27 p.m. Wordpress

At my photoblog, I don't get as much traffic as I should. The reason is that the posts are identified by their postid ( /%post_id%/ ). As a result the urls are not keyword heavy and get lower rank. You will struggle to find any of those posts coming up top for any search.It's better to have posts id ...

Photo Blog Updated to WP 2.6

Sept. 25, 2008, 4:32 a.m. photography , Wordpress

Soon after moving this blog from Movable Type to Wordpress, I decided to update by photo blog also to wordpress 2.6.2 This upgrade really was a piece of cake and was finished in less than 2 minutes - most of those two minutes were taken by by rsyncing template changes. ...

Bye Bye Movable Type.

Sept. 23, 2008, 12:05 a.m. MovableType , web 0.8 , Wordpress

I set off to upgrade <a href="http://movabletype.org">Movable Type</a> and ended up migrating to wordpress instead. It just goes to show prove that you never know where you will be swept off to if you don't keep your feet. The upgrade appeared to be straight forward until I tried to pub ...

Photo Blog.

Jan. 24, 2007, 2:11 a.m. photography , Wordpress

Just started a new blog at photos.raditha.com, the link says it all. it's for photos that I have shot at various times. Of course I am not a pro photographer, I am a geek. So I have the geek camera (D70s) and most of the photos that will appear on that site are photos taken with that camera.The blog ...

Wordpressed Seamonkey

Feb. 13, 2006, 4:27 p.m. Wordpress

Still on the topic of important software releases; Wordpress 2.0 came and went and I missed it. Finaly had a chance to download and try out wordpress 2.01. Just like the previous version wordpress 2.01 is really a piece of cake to install. It really does take only five minutes, and it really is time ...