This guide on hacking wordpress templates is the best I have seen. It’s succinct and covers enough breadth to be of general use without ranging too far afield into esoterica.
Until now, I’ve required users to be registered on the blog in order to leave comments. I’ve realized however that this does act as a deterrent to people who would impulsively comment but don’t want to load a few extra screens. So, I have taken a cue from Shamus and installed a captcha plugin. I’m using a derivative of the one he uses, called Peter’s Math Anti-Spam Plugin, and again taking a cue from Shamus I’ve configured it so it shows exactly the same math problem every time. (Incidentally, please assume completeness of the Real numbers before answering. Thank you.)
If you are a registered user, and are logged in (use the handy login form on top of sidebar) you won’t ever see the captcha. I am still disabling all pingbacks and trackbacks, and have also installed a domain blacklist to prevent spammy email addresses from registering (mostly mail.ru. Sorry, Russian Haibane fans). And I’ve got Akismet purring along in the background. Spam hasn’t really been a problem until now and if this (marginally) more open scheme results in a big increase in spam from registered bots, then I’ll yank it.
Haibane.info is now running version 2.3.1. The 2.3.x upgrade brings tag functionality to the WordPress core. At present I only have one tag, “wordpress” – I need to sit down and think about a strategy for making best use of this functionality. As it turns out, it also breaks my blog in an interesting way… and leaves me highly skeptical of whether tags are meaningfully different from categories at all, despite the prevailing dogma that insists they are truly separate things. Continue reading “tagged by Dexter and not impressed”
I’ve drastically pruned my blogroll to just the same anime blogs that I subscribe to in my feedreader. Long-overdue links to Nick, Ubu, and Author were added, and if you’re a regular commenter here with a blog of your own, let me know so I can do the needful.
I also filled out XFN relationships where appropriate (if you’ve ever linked to/emailed me, you’re at least an acquaintance. If you’ve kicked me off your web forum or sent me Firefly DVDs, you’re a friend 🙂 WordPress supports XFN natively so might as well do my part for the Semantic Web and make Tim Berners-Lee happy.
Oh, and if you noticed any WordPress theme wierdness, that was just me pushing the big red button I wasn’t supposed to push. I think I should roll my own theme template, as I’ve hacked on the default quite a bit now. I’ll wait till after the WP 2.3 upgrade on monday.
Astro mentioned that my site was still buggy – the main problem is that WP 2.2 added native support for Widgets, which breaks when combined with my preferred theme K2’s implementation of “sidebar modules” (also a form of widgets). The long and short of it is that I have to wait until the K2 people release a new version (the latest nightly build did nothing for me). Until then I am going a bit retro; I’m using the Widgets because they are there but I really miss K2’s SBM functionality, it’s so much more powerful. Wouldn’t it be nice if K2 could spin off SBM as an extension to Widgets so all of this would be theme independent?
anyway, gripes aside, everything works now (since I’m giving up on K2 for the present). So comment away!
Haibane.info has been upgraded to WordPress 2.1. I wish I could say I rolled up my sleeves and got down and dirty in the trenches of php and database backups, but actually all I did was click a single button on my Dreamhost control panel. It’s literally just one click to install any of the supported tools like WordPress, Mambo, MediaWiki, phpBB, Joomla, etc. and things like upgrades are one-click as well. If you’re in the market for a web host, take a look at what Dreamhost has to offer. You can get $50 bucks off if you use promo code haibane50, to boot.
Of course, upgrading WordPress doesn’t mean I’ve upgraded the K2 theme. Guess I’ll have to get my hands dirty after all…
Bit the bullet and enabled the Akismet plugin. In the last week the number of comment spams I have received has gone up drastically.
Why can’t WordPress just give me the option to restrict commenting ability to registered users?