Hi. I upgraded to WordPress 2.3 today because I just noticed a bug in the tagging plug-in I was using which means that any time I approved a comment for a particular post, the tags associated with that post vanished. Pretty weird huh? WordPress 2.3 has native tag support which means no more wonky plugin/WP interactions. It also has — hidden in the manage > import > section — a tag importer that will either import your tags from popular tag plugins or import your categories as tags. This is all good news. I managed to do the entire thing in about 20 minutes including adding tags to my current template, adding the tag cloud, downloading new versions of a few other plug-ins, and re-doing the little hacks I always make to my WordPress install including a custom stylesheet, removal of all the extra cruft from the dashboard, and pulling in a del.icio.us feed of the “addme” tag into my now blank dashboard area. Here are a few links that were helpful to me in doing this upgrade
see it’s in the URL
I changed my permalink structure a bit here. URLs to individual posts now contain the post number and the post title. They will also work with just the post number, so old URLs will work fine. I’m expecting it to function with no problems at all, but I’ve been wrong before. If you notice anything squirrely, put a note in the comments or email me. Thanks.
a few from the mailbag
There has been a definite drop-of fin email since I decided to get rid of the mailform and just post my email address which is a definite shame. However, I don’t get a lot of mail, so having to wade through hundreds of spam emails per day just to read a note or two was not worth my while. In any case, people still send me inteersting stuff, here is a sampling of what I’ve liked recently.
- The Monster Librarian – a reader’s advisory site for horror fiction readers. I especially enjoyed the Genre Reader’s Bill of Rights.
- AskMeNow – supposed to be “your mobile lifestyle network” it’s a fee-based ($0.25) IM readyref service you can access from your phone. Check out their editorial policies.
- Bryan pointed me towards this great WordPress comment spam reducer. You may have noticed a painfully simple comment challenge where you have to answer the question “what color is red?” If you get it right, you can leave a comment. It’s done wonders for the maintenance time I spend here.
- Paul sent along this great little bookplate from this awesome book blog. Paul has his own awesome book blog.
- Josh from LibLime — remember them, they do install.support of Koha — write to tellme they have an RSS feed for their news page and alerting me to their new fancy Koha ZOOM ILS. It’s very Googly, try it out at Nelsonville Public Library.
another wordpress update
I seem to have found a comment form that works; thanks to everyone for their advice and suggestions. I have also used a slightly modified version of the sociable plugin to add tiny links beneath each post so that you can socially bookmark any of them via del.icio.us, digg or co.mments. Sociable supports a lot of social bookmarking services, but in the interests of keeping the icon-noise level down, I started with the three that I use. Are there other sites that are listed on the Sociable page that you use often? As always, you can track when I’m using for my WordPress install on the wordpress mods page.
hi – 29aug
Hi. Thanks for bearing with me during my protracted WordPress upgrade. What’s that you say? You hardly noticed? That must because a) the WP upgrade process is pretty darned easy if you can read a recipe and b) I am becoming a l337 WP h@XX0r. Not like I can build my own plugins, but I can noodle my way around all the WP files and CSS with ease. For reference, the latest WordPress version is 2.0.4. Check to make sure you’re using it, and upgrade all your plugins while you’re at it. You can take a look at my wordpress mods page to see what plugins I’m using. Feel free to let me know if anything’s not quite working right, I tried to put it all back together correctly.