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 … [Read more...] about Share on Pinterest if you have the right
If you've ever been hit with a virus on your computer, you know how difficult it can be to thoroughly clean the machine, even when you have security software that does all the heavy work. Take that picture and apply it to your blog and you have a migraine-inducing situation, precisely what I've experienced during this past week with an iframe virus and a malware attack involving a backdoor Trojan that temporarily created some havoc on this WordPress blog until they were eliminated. What I … [Read more...] about How to protect your blog from viruses, backdoor Trojans and other nasty stuff
The developer of one of the most useful programs I have installed on my computers just issued a major update, which I've gladly installed. The program is FeedDemon and version 4 has just been released. I've been using FeedDemon since 2004 - about the time I really discovered the value of RSS - and consider it to be the best RSS application for Windows by far. I've written a great deal in this blog (and in my now-archive blog) about FeedDemon over the past six years. I wrote about the various … [Read more...] about FeedDemon 4: definitely worth $20
A few weeks ago, I installed a new WordPress plugin on this site that would enable visitors on mobile devices to find their experience here worthwhile and make it more likely they would stick around on their visit, perhaps engage by leaving a comment, and maybe even return again. The plugin is the WordPress Mobile Pack and it automatically knows a mobile device when it's accessing content here. So instead of the web pages you see on a desktop or laptop screen, you'd see content displayed … [Read more...] about Compelling reasons to mobilize your website
I've been watching with interest, and some dismay, as a real kerfuffle has broken out in the WordPress community over the past few days surrounding the matter of copyright. At issue is interpretation of the GNU Public License (GPL), the "copyleft" license under whose terms WordPress software is released, how developers of premium themes offer their product, and also honouring the GPL. Among the many posts that have appeared with commentary and opinion on the issue, The Next Web … [Read more...] about What is community worth to you?
Version 3.0 of WordPress, the open-source content management system and blog platform, was released a few days ago. I upgraded this blog yesterday to the latest version, a process that was seamless, painless and very quick thanks to my 6-point upgrade plan that I've followed with every upgrade in recent years. The most immediate visible change is the new default Twenty Ten theme, replacing the famous Kubrik-clone default theme used in the early days of WordPress 1.2 and before. Twenty … [Read more...] about Much new behind WordPress 3