WordPress ten years on

Ten years ago, on May 27, 2003, WordPress was released. It wasn’t the first software that enabled anyone to write their thoughts down and publish them online for the world to see. But its free and open source credentials along with its extensible plug-in architecture made it an easy choice for anyone to start blogging at a time when the landscape was dominated by blogging software and platforms that were somewhat complex to learn and most cost money. Ten years

How to secure your WordPress site against hacker attacks

One of the easiest content management systems to set up and use is WordPress, the largest self-hosted blogging platform in the world, powering more than 60 million websites worldwide. That fact may be a key reason why WordPress is in the news right now as the subject of a large-scale attack from a huge number of computers from across the internet  – known as an automated botnet attack – attempting to take over servers that run WordPress. Some are saying

A fix for Windows Live Writer to ‘see’ a WordPress theme

I’ve used the Windows Live Writer content creation and publishing tool for blog posts and pages from Microsoft since it first appeared in beta form in the mid-00s. In my experience, it is the best offline blog editor for Windows bar none. It’s not perfect, mind you, with probably the biggest frustration being that of configuration with a theme on your blog, often manifesting itself  when you change the theme from one to another. When WLW doesn’t recognize your theme,

Boost your WordPress blog with Jetpack

If you self-host a WordPress blog, one of the most useful plug-ins you can install is Jetpack, created by WordPress publisher Automattic originally for blogs built on the hosted WordPress.com service The Jetpack plug-in has recently been updated to version 2, which now makes it an indispensible part of your blog presence on the social web. Jetpack offers a huge range of features, services and functionality that enhances your WordPress experience – both yours as the content publisher and those

Moving on from Feedburner to Feedblitz

After seven years, it’s time to say goodbye to Feedburner and say hello to Feedblitz. A week ago, I wrote about my worries that RSS feeds delivered via Feedburner might not work after October 20, after a note on the Google Developers’ Feedburner website said that the Feedburner APIs would shut down on that date. I noted at the time: RSS is the “delivery backbone” for creating and delivering much of the content that people use the internet for. You

Prepare for goodbye Feedburner in October 2012

[Update September 15: Moving on from Feedburner to Feedblitz. I decided to move away from Feedburner. The post you’re reading, and it’s update at the end, tries to throw some light on a murky picture, with limited success. I’ve made my decision to go to Feedblitz, explained in the new post.] Did you know that Google intends to shut down access to Feedburner’s APIs on October 20? A banner note on the Google Developers Feedburner API page makes that intent

Live blogging comes to WordPress

[UPDATE: Venturebeat reports that a serious bug exists in this plugin. It seems that the developers created the plugin and tested it on a pre-release version of the next version of the WordPress software. My recommendation: don’t use the plugin until you have installed an updated version that has been verified that it corrects the deadly issue(s). Hat tip for the news to Julio Romo.] If you use the self-hosted WordPress open-source blogging tool and content management system, a new

Giving you a choice about cookies

A year ago a law – known as Directive 2009/136/EC – came into effect throughout the European Union on the use of cookies on websites, requiring a website owner to seek visitors’ consent to cookies being saved to their computers when they visit a website (more on cookies). Implementing the law in the UK was delayed for a year to give businesses time to become compliant. The Information Commissioner’s Office – responsible for policing the implementation of the UK-specific version

Share on Pinterest if you have the right

One online property that’s been getting huge attention over the past few weeks is Pinterest, the join-by-invitation content-sharing and social networking service. Not only huge attention but also huge take-up by its users – TechCrunch reported earlier this month with data from comScore showing Pinterest reached 11.7 million unique monthly US visitors, crossing the 10 million mark “faster than any other standalone website in history.” Like many other people, I’ve been experimenting with Pinterest although I’ve yet to really get

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