In an earlier post in this series, I was absolutely exalted about the Virtual Multiblog technology, and sated that I could not think of any drawback. While my enthusiasm remains, with further insights I did discover a fundamental systemic shortcoming.
Multi-blogs, or as I prefer to call them, blog farms, are not so widely spread that a common terminology exists. And where the words are missing, communication is difficult and prone to misunderstandings, and unilateral communication (i.e. writing) even more so. Here are the terms and concepts I found helpful when thinking about and developing in a multi-blog context, and which I intend to refer to in future posts on this topic.
In the last couple of months, the amount of spam I’ve been receiving increased to an extent that it became impossible to manually check the spam queue. A logical step was to install a spam blocker that would block spam from being submitted in the first place.
Whew! It was a hard nut to crack, but here it is: The first public beta of Hackadelic Multiblog Kit, or VMBKit vor short. With this plugin, and the great Virtual Multiblog system for WordPress, you can create blog farms1 with ease.
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- Blog Farms = Several blogs powered by the same WordPress code base. [↩]
Hi everybody! I haven’t posted anything for a while now (been busy traveling and working), but I’m back with a new version of TOC boxes.
I’ve successfully managed to repair my blog and tweak it to the needs of Virtual MultiBlog. Though you don’t see any changes (I’ll tackle the intended theme change at a later time), this site is now powered by WP on Virtual MultiBlog. Yes sir! My quest for a multi-blog solution is over. 😀 Stay tuned, I’ll report the details soon.
Alea iacta est. The dice has been cast. I’m giving up on WPMU. Definitely. I will be using Virtual Multiblog instead. Definitely.
I plan on doing some fundamental changes to my site. Most importantly, I’ll switch away from WordPress… [A moment of unbearable silence drills though the audience, a moment that seems to extend to eternity… Will he stop developing those great WordPress plugins? Do we have to abstain from his fabulous, though sometimes unconventional, even weird insights he shared with us on WordPress?]
Originally, Widget Voodoo wasn’t implemented with WordPress MU in mind. In response to an issue report in the forums, I’ve overhauled the way settings have been stored (the main cause of the issue on WPMU).
As a result, settings handling is more robust and more secure now. And, Widget Voodoo now works on WP and WPMU equally.
Grab the new version at wordpress.org, and have fun with it. 🙂