Wordpress - The Pringle
I’ve never had to really create an exclude filter within Google analytics before, never had the need to exclude pages/queries from sites i’ve worked on. However i always need to preview my posts, allows me the opportunity to take another scan over for basic errors and to tweak images (perfectionist at heart).
I’ve hard coded my tracking script into the footer of my wordpress theme, so previewing posts is always tracked within the analytics. No point in creating a custom exclude filter for my home and office ADSL line, as the IP address always changes as well. So the other solution would be just to exclude all “preview=true” URI’s from being tracked, to help having to see my previews in my top content pages breakdown in analytics.
I have this urge to shout “it’s allliiiiive, it’s ALIVE!” in a creepy voice, just like a monster movie (oh my flashbacks from the “Cable Guy”). Alright, now that i have that out my system… WordPress 2.7 is here
Features a customisable dashboard, reply to comments from the dashboard and even re-arrange your posting screen to just name a few. Search and add plugins right from the admin area even upgrading the WordPress platform (now if i can just get my access permissions right on the server). I’m extremely impressed with the bulk editing update, which makes it so much easier to re-allocate posts to authors, etc.
Interesting new feature included is the “sticky post” option. All these new “toys”, it’s hard to decide where to start. The sneakpeak video says it all
A little surprise popped up in my twitter feed this morning, Automattic aquired PollDaddy.com! Ok, it is not as if Google decided to give away free money (Sorry all), but for any blogger that longs for blog interaction, this is definitely your next step and something worth getting excited about.
So what does this mean, well, from the video above, adding Polls to your blog are just that much easier, you are now able to create a poll directly from within the wordpress admin area (for those without a PollDaddy account, not to worry, WordPress kindly allowed you to signup through the admin area as well )
So WordPress 2.6 was released, and congrats to the new release, some really great new features added, some so small folks might not even notice, such as the word count feature appearing while creating your posts, revision history of posts, allowing easier collaboration on posts and comparing revisions.
One great new feature that got me all excited was the ability to sort your media library, drag and drop style, Ajax is amazing when put to good use
Updates like these just get you all excited to try and make use of the features, full avatar support as well for commenters across both gravatar, identicon and monsterID. Been dying to implement the avatar feature on the company blog for sometime, and this will be the perfect time. For those wanting to add it as well, found a great writeup this morning on how to enable the feature with some very basic PHP changes here, Gravatar Support.
After a bit of begging, finally have my own domain and blog. Since friday afternoon, the setup has, well, been a nightmare. Seems the new version, 2.5.1 of wordpress has massive changes including no author Bio page appearing anymore as in previous versions. Plugins are not compatible yet, so i’ve had a very limited choice in what to add to my blog from an admin side.
One frustrating issue, having to find a theme for the blog. Finding a appealing/eye catching design takes awhile, but actually loading it up and seeing what the design looks like live is disappointing. Thousands of themes later, and all i can come into conclusion is, the plain designs can’t handle what you really need. So be prepared for the look and feel of the blog to change somewhat as i get to grips with PHP and some basic design.