July 27, 2011

Distraction-Free Writing in WordPress 3.2

As a fan of WordPress, as soon as 3.2 was released, I found myself reading the changelog. While doing so, I noticed a very intriguing feature addition: Start writing your first post in our redesigned post editor and venture to the full-screen button in the editing toolbar to enter the new distraction-free writing or zen mode, my personal favorite feature of the release Zen mode? Distraction-free writing? Sounded good, so I proceeded to update all my WordPress installations. To fully impress upon you how significant of a feature it is, here's what the typical WordPress WYSIWYG editor looks like: It's a full-featured page, that's for sure - but it also has quite a lot of controls surrounding it. The text editor itself loses some screen space to these…
Tips & Tricks
April 6, 2011

Top 10 Blogging Tips

When a friend of my mine started blogging, I found myself offering him tips by e-mail. I realized that with 2+ years of blogging experience came some new knowledge, so I decided I should probably share what I'd accumulated. I normally avoid blogging about blogging at all costs - but I felt this would be a good moment to make an exception. The tips I'm sharing below are not meant to be seen as the true, all-powerful top 10 laws that a blogger must abide by. They are merely guidelines that I have deemed important for my own blog, and felt might be useful to others as well. 10 Avoid Bandwidth Theft Some web authors find creative ways to punish bandwidth thieves. (Photo by Tom…
Tips & Tricks
March 29, 2011

Archiving Tweets Using WordPress

Since I began using Twitter actively, I've been looking for a reliable way to ensure my tweets will be forever accessible. In my experience, Twitter never offered an easy way to locate old tweets. From a profile page, a user can keep loading tweets by simply scrolling down the page. That scroll-to-load approach works, but it takes a lot of time, and there's no guarantee that Twitter will allow this mechanism to load thousands of additional tweets. As far as I can tell, there's no simple way to find a tweet from June 2010, for example - even if you try to search by text, it won't necessarily be found. It seems to me that Twitter prioritizes recent tweets, and eventually removes the older ones…
November 20, 2010

Introducing All Due Credit

When I write for this blog, I don't always write a post from start to finish, and publish it immediately. Usually, I have to review it multiple times myself, and in certain cases, I decide I want someone else to take a look at it too. In these cases, I typically send the post to one of my friends first, and I await their feedback. At the end of the day, their input allows me to ensure that my content meets a certain standard of quality. Given the significance of their aid, I felt I needed a way to publically thank them, per post. Faced with that idea, I did what any Wordpress user would do - I looked for a suitable plugin within Wordpress's fantastic…
Personal Stories
May 8, 2010

An Endless Wait For IntenseDebate

UPDATE: Soon after I wrote this article, Michael Koenig of IntenseDebate posted a comment with an offer to help me via his personal address. I appreciated the gesture, and made some modifications to the article below to reflect that. I think for the time being I will be keeping the default Wordpress comments, but will not completely rule out IntenseDebate for the future. In the beginning of April, I became aware that my blog was corrupt - no articles were visible, and the visuals weren't right. I promptly contacted my web host pair Networks, and after an hour of trying different things - their agent (who was extremely helpful), told me it was likely a problem within Wordpress. He tried repairing the database, but subsequent…