Browsing articles from "March, 2009"

Simple DIY Tab-Style Navigation Tutorial

Mar 30, 2009   //   by Hackadelic   //   Featured, WordPress  //  11 Comments

Treasure mapThis post discusses the possibilities to easily implement a tab-style navigation bar, like the one found on the plugin pages at wordpress.org. It’s a very basic tutorial most suitable for beginners. Folks experienced in HTML and CSS will find little new here.

In cases when it is used regularly, a tab bar would be implemented by a plugin. But when it’s usage is more an exception than a rule, it may make no sense to descend into hacking. Some really simple HTML and CSS will perfectly do.

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Insights About Insights – And How I Fixed What Its Author Couldn’t

Mar 29, 2009   //   by Hackadelic   //   Featured, WordPress  //  4 Comments

eureka 2Somewhere between its version 0.4 and my WordPress update to 2.7, the Insights plugin stopped working for me. At least, it stopped working on my hosted blog. But it still worked on my local test server.

And when I say “It stopped working”, I really mean it. No matter what search mode I selected, be it “Images”, or “Videos”, or anything, it always showed me search results from my blog only.

Weird stuff indeed…
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On Presidential Pedestals And Crazy Controversies

Mar 25, 2009   //   by Hackadelic   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

OBAMA and Chief Seattle´s LetterOnce upon a time, I wrote an article called “Obama’s SEO Counterstrike“. It was written out of a twofold motivation: Mr. Obama’s (then-current) high-quality speeches, his rhetorical skills, and his extraordinary expressive power, which stood in strong contrast to the average, highly uninspired language frequently found on the Internet – a phenomenon I dislike, and which I see worsened by the seemingly omnipresent SEO madness.

The article remained unnoticed for a long time (Sigh! Why oh why nobody seems to share, or care about, my personal opinions? ;-)), or at least without any feedback. Until recently. Read more >>

The Rise Of A New Spam Generation?

Mar 25, 2009   //   by Hackadelic   //   Blog  //  2 Comments

Secrets of the Floating WorldI just went through my spam queue (as I had a couple of false positives lately), and I was very surprise to discover a comment in it that escapes the usual spam schema. Instead of the usual rubbish with little to no sense at all, this one could actually make sense, at least on some websites.

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TOC Boxes 1.5 With Auto-Insertion

Mar 20, 2009   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  2 Comments

Urbis-Deep Blue manchesterFinally I got around to finish this new major release of my TOC Boxes plugin, with a bunch of long wanted new features.

Actually, there are so many new features and improvements, that I decided it deserved to fast-forward to version number 1.5. Hence the “unofficial” name of the release: Warp 3.

Overall, the plugin now provides a bunch of settings, partly related to existing, partly to new features.

Download it as usually at wordpress.org, and find out in the rest of this post about the exciting new features and improvements. Read more >>

Why Desktop Blogging Clients Rock

Mar 18, 2009   //   by Hackadelic   //   Blog, Featured  //  11 Comments

Although you´re far...Way back in a past post , I wrote about my hesitation to implement features that wouldn’t be accessible via desktop blogging clients, which I find preferable to web-based editors.

Here are some of the benefits of a desktop blogging client:

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These Dumb Spammers!

Mar 15, 2009   //   by Hackadelic   //   Blog  //  1 Comment

Warning: Rant follows!

you´re so blue, moron©Since I recently wrote “Spam Gratitude“, the amount of spam I’m getting has almost doubled. Now I don’t know if this is just an unlucky coincidence, or a mind-sick manifestation of the law of attraction, but whatever it is, it provides occasion for studying spam. And what I believe to have found out is:

Spammers must be real morons.

(If you are a spammer, and feel insulted now, your’re welcome. Read on – I have every intention to insult you a couple of times more. 😛 )

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Recent Guest Comments Widget – Who Needs It?

Mar 14, 2009   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  No Comments

I implemented a slight variation of the WordPress built-in recent comments widget that only shows comments from people other than me, so that it’s in conjunction with my “I wrote” / “You wrote” sidebar titles. It’s already in place here on my blog.

The current implementation is very specific to my site, and would need further work to make it generally usable – work that I’d be ready to invest if there’s enough public interest.

Drop me a note if you think this widget would be useful to you, and you would like to see it download-ready on wordpress.org.

TOC Boxes 1.2.1 Resolves Conflict With Nofollow Reciprocity

Mar 13, 2009   //   by Hackadelic   //   WordPress  //  5 Comments

Conflict ResolutionThe other day I installed the Nofollow Reciprocity plugin… and Bang! – another plugin conflict saw the light of day: On multipage posts, exactly at the second page the TOC boxes got entirely messed up.

Since I do not really use the multipage feature, I only noticed today, while working on, and testing,1 new TOC Boxes features. It took me a while to figure out that there is no bug in the TOC Boxes code, but a conflict stemming from somewhere else. Once I realized this though, it wasn’t hard to guess where the conflict comes from. After deactivating “Nofollow Reciprocity”, everything went back to normal.

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  1. Aye, I test all the way long while I develop! 😉 []

Stop Wasting SEO Juice – NoFollow Links To Flickr

Mar 10, 2009   //   by Hackadelic   //   Blog, Featured  //  32 Comments

Catchy ColorsThis may not be big news, but I wasn’t really aware of it, and I can imagine there are others who aren’t aware either.

In early 2008, Flickr began NOFOLLOWing hyperlinks in their photo profile pages.

What does that mean?

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