Archive for the 'Blogging' Category

WordPress: Solution for sending moderation e-mail notifications to authors

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 • 8:26 am

It is the day of solutions… Not always pretty ones, but solutions nonetheless. This one is for the problem I described last week, where blog item authors other than the administrator (myself) were not getting e-mail notifications whenever someone submitted a comment on one of their blog entries that needed to be moderated (i.e. approved […]

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WordPress: Solution for Nicer Archives mod problem

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 • 7:58 am

Well, Mark Ghosh, the author of the Nicer Archives mod discussed earlier today, did get back to me today, which was greatly appreciated. And together we were able to identify what the problem was. It turns out that, in the process of customizing his Nicer Archives mod in order to make it look like my […]

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WordPress: Customizing Nicer Archives mod

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 • 3:24 am

The default templates included in WordPress are OK, but lack flexibility. While waiting to find a solution for searching items that match more than one category criterion (I still don’t have a workable solution), I thought I would at least develop a nicer interface to access the WordPress archives on my employer’s web site. The […]

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WordPress: Post authors not getting their e-mail notifications

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005 • 12:55 am

One of the problems with using open source software such as WordPress is that documentation can be woefully inadequate and technical support difficult to obtain for specific issues. I was able to experience this first-hand this week, with a nagging problem that I have been experiencing with the WordPress-driven web site that I am currently […]

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WordPress: Can’t query blog items that are in both category A and category B?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005 • 12:27 am

I have been working hard on finalizing the new web site that I am designing for my employer. It’s not a blog, but I am using blogging software — the open source WordPress — behind the scenes to handle the dynamic part of the site and enable other contributors to easily post new items on […]

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New rule for Betalogue: Readers cannot submit a comment without registering first

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 • 2:57 am

Due to recent comment spam woes, I have decided to adopt more stringent rules for user contributions. From now on, if you want to submit a comment on a blog item, you’ll have to register with Betalogue first, and the registration process will include an activation step. I am sorry I have to impose such […]

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Comment spam woes

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 • 1:26 am

Please be advised that Betalogue is currently being subjected to large amounts of comment spam, which explains why you might see seemingly unrelated comments about gambling and what not in the “Recent Comments” box on the home page. I am unfortunately all too familiar with spam registrations coming from people with accounts. I am […]

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New policy for member registrations

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 • 5:46 am

I am getting a bit tired of people who register with Betalogue for the sole purpose of getting the URL of their commercial web site to appear on my Members page, presumably as a way to increase their ranking with Google. So from now on, I am imposing a new requirement for people who register […]

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Major server problems

Friday, November 12th, 2004 • 1:06 am

I am currently experiencing major server problems. On an almost daily basis now, my provider says that there is something in my blogging system that keeps monopolizing server resources, to the tune of 80% or more of CPU power (which is obviously unacceptable for my provider, who hosts many different customers on his server). We […]

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Comment form disabled for now

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 • 6:12 am

I am afraid I have had to disable the comment form, which means that you won’t be able to submit comments. Apparently, something in my blog has been monopolizing over 80 percent of the processing power of my host’s server, and my host is not happy about it. The host reports that he’s getting a […]

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Blog spam: Those bloody Russians

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 • 1:57 am

Those bloody subscribers are starting to get on my nerves. Almost every day now, I get new member registrations from people with names such as “khadbz” and e-mail addresses such as Now, I am always willing to give people the benefit of the doubt — but in this case I think it’s pretty […]

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pMachine: Stripping HTML tags in window titles

Friday, July 23rd, 2004 • 7:19 am

A while ago, I wrote about my (relative) confusion with the use of the cite tag and other tags typically used to quote excerpts from books, cite movie titles, etc. One of my problems is that I want to use such tags in my blog entry titles (when citing a movie title, for example). The […]

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Friday’s posts erased by my host

Monday, May 10th, 2004 • 6:45 am

I mentioned last Thursday that my host was having problems with their server hardware and that the site had been unavailable for a time. What I didn’t know at the time and didn’t realize until now is that the problems were obviously not entirely fixed at the time, because all the items that were posted […]

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Hacking pMachine: Displaying post IDs

Saturday, May 8th, 2004 • 5:11 am

While I still know pretty much nothing about PHP and MySQL, I am trying to find ways to customize pMachine, especially now that pMachine’s makers seem to be focusing their energies on their new Expression Engine product. One particular thing that has been frustrating me for a long time is that I regularly need to […]

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2004 • 3:36 am

Apologies to Betalogue readers for the disruption in the past 24 hours or so. My host had hardware problems (’tis the week of defective hard drives!), and the server hosting the domain had to be taken off-line for a while. I didn’t know exactly when (there’s a 14-hour time difference between me and my […]

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