Contact Pages

I just had it driven home to me this week why I have had “add a contact page” on my to-do list for a while. When someone had to wander through all of my sites looking for an email address to send a message, it drove home how I needed to get that to-do off my list.

For some reason, with all of the setting up and making pages, I really thought I had checked that item off the list. Looking through my web of sites though I see I didn’t…Now it is priority one…After a stop at the post office to pick up a Business Box.

I am beginning to wish I had used my Google Voice number when I signed up with the state to make me legal to collect sales taxes…Every business services company in existence must subscribe to the new business list from the comptrollers office…The phone has been ringing off the wall with people trying to give me credit card machines, sell me security services, business printing…I can’t wait to see what next week brings…

While I work at fixing things I should have already fixed…Ya’ll enjoy the long weekend.

WordPress Image Post Attachment Pages

Has anyone else noticed that when you use the Gallery with the pictures linking to a Post Attachment Page the attachment pages end up with a category of  “Uncategorized” or whatever your default category is? And…you cannot change the category or add tags to these pages? But you can have comments…

I can not find theses pages anywhere in the categories pages or the archive pages. Do they even exist as pages? Does Google,Bing and Yahoo find them? Anyone have any ideas on how to edit the categories or add tags?

More Testing Of 3.0 Beta

I spent yesterday installing and setting up a MU version of the 3.0 Beta. After discovering a couple of blogs that explained the piece of code that needed to be added to the config file, it was pretty much a piece of cake…Once I figure out that the edits I did to the .htaccess file had added a .txt to the back of the file name, that is. I had never noticed that Filezilla did that when I did a view/edit command.

Multi-Site Feature with Only One WordPress 3.0 Installation

Another big update in WordPress 3.0 is the merging of WordPress MU – a fork of WordPress that lets the user create and manage hundreds of thousands of blogs with a single install of WordPress – and the plain-jane WordPress.

This feature is not enabled by default. You can enable multi-site functionalities by adding the following line to wp-config.php.

define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true);

After updating the file, you will get a tab of “Network” under the “Tools” menu as shown below.

via WordPress 3.0: Ultimate Guide to New Features.

So far I am pretty impressed, though I am finding some issues with the latest stable install of my main theme. I see from a visit to their site that they have moved on a couple of versions as direct downloads…so that goes on tomorrows to-do list. Install the latest test build of Atahualpa and see if that fixes some of the issues I am having under 3.0 or does it really blow everything up. The only real issue I’ve seen so far is anytime I save a draft the post title is changed to “Auto Draft”. I am sure it is something in the custom field that Atahualpa uses for SEO…

I really like the new menu options. They make doing a custom menu a piece of cake…I’ll have to look into figuring out how to add the hooks into some other themes…

One of the things I’ll be looking at is cutting down on the number of plugins I am depending on and trying to trim the amount of JavaScript being called. Speed will be an issue in the coming years and I refuse to give up the photos I tend to post…

It is going to be an interesting summer in the blogging world…

Testing WordPress 3.0

Yesterday I decided I needed to start testing the new WordPress 3.0 to see what the changes might be and how it might affect my network of blogs.

Setting Up To Test

After deciding to test it I decided I needed a private “new” domain to use for the testing. So it was off to GoDaddy to pick up a domain or three just to use for testing different things…I don’t know why I never did this before.

Installing the 3.0 Beta

I went ahead and let GoDaddy install the latest WordPress install. Then I went in and deleted all of the files (after copying the wp-config out to my machine to make it easier to copy and paste the db info) and uploaded the Beta installation. Ran the install and started playing.

Testing

So far I haven’t managed to break anything…Though I had trouble with a import…Seems every time the program tried to import an attachment and received an error it would not import anything below that point in the export file. I don’t know if it’s a 3.0 bug or something that happens in 2.9 also…Needs more testing.

So far I have only installed a couple of plugins. I have imported all of the posts from this site for testing purposes. I have blocked search engines…No reason to get burned for duplicate content.

Why Am I Testing

The main reason for the testing site though, is to make sure my themes and plugins don’t die with the upgrade. So far Atahualpa seems to still work. I will need to make some posts and double check the source code before I can be sure. Since almost all of my sites are running on that theme, it’s important to me that it keep working…

New Features

When I first set up the site I was using the new default theme Twenty-Ten 1.0. I have to say…I could almost live with the default as a basic layout. It’s a nice default theme. I haven’t gone looking through the code yet…But I will when I have a bit of free time.

The options on the new theme are rudimentary, but, simple to use. Changing header images and background colors couldn’t be easier.

The new custom Menus option works well, even when the theme does not implement the new feature. A new widget is added to allow the custom menus to be added to your sidebars.

The one issue I have so far is my inability to try out the MU version of 3.0 Beta. The install instructions stated that I would be asked if I wanted to install the MU version on the install…But I didn’t see it. Maybe I need to start with a completely clean database…I’ll try that in the coming days. I’ll keep posting my results…

Privacy on Facebook…Yea, Right.

You know privacy on social media has reached a tipping point when instructions for changing privacy settings make it into the newspaper…

Facebook has become the 800-pound gorilla in the social media jungle. It’s now the place to go to stalk … er, find and communicate with, your friends.

The service now boasts more than 400 million active users, and according to its Statistics page, each has an average of 130 friends.

That’s a lot of sharing of personal information, which is what Facebook, at its core, is all about.

And the key word there is personal. Chances are, much of the information you want to share on Facebook isn't necessarily what you want to share with just anyone. But recent features introduced by Facebook may do just that.

The social network is testing the ability to show information you place on Facebook at other locations. Called Instant Personalization, it’s only available on a few sites, but the idea is to be able to personalize your experience using Facebook data elsewhere on the Web.

I’ve been online myself for well over a decade, but, when it comes to Facebook’s privacy settings I have always been very leary. It’s not so much that they make the data I want to share easy to get to…It’s more that they make it so hard to not share the data I do not want to share. That’s the whole reason I am very careful about what applications I allow, what invitations I accept, and truth be told…I don’t play games at Facebook.

As a matter of fact, if they keep making it harder I’ll be moving to another network…But like everything else in the world…It’s up to you what you share. But before you decide…Go read the rest of the article at the Houston Chronicle…Silverman: Privacy on Facebook isn’t easy, by design | Computing | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.

Neglected Brand? ME!

I have owned this domain name for almost a decade now. At different times I have used it for different things…But I have never quite figured out what I wanted to say on my name branded site.

My last post here was in January…I have been busy playing with my Mountain Dreams sites since then…But I really need to put a mark on this one. I spent this evening re-theme-ing the site. I’ll play with it a bit more over the weekend.

The more I think about what I want to say here, what I want to do, the subject matter I want to cover…The more I think maybe this site should be the one I talk about the trials and tribulations of running websites…It seems to be as good a subject as any. And it gives me a theme to build around…So I guess we’ll see where this will lead…Stay tuned.