WordLog

A weblog authored by Carthik about the latest in the WordPress world.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

New Theme: MidEvil

Filed under: — Carthik @ 9:44 pm

ScottDot.org present MidEvil – a new WP 1.5 theme. Nice work with the backgrounds and I like the colors too.

Customize your blogroll output

Filed under: — Carthik @ 6:40 pm

Gerd Riesselmann, author of the Randomized Blogroll Plugin, which is a plugin that

reads an OPML-file containing your feed supscriptions, extracts a customizable number of items from it randomly, and displays them. OPML-files can be exported from nearly every modern feed reader. For performance purposes, the result is cached and only updated after a user defined time.

has written a detailed tutorial on how to create a functional “Links” page on your WordPress powered blog. With this, you can have a page with links to all the blogs you read on a daily basis. A seperate page may be much better if you have way too many links, and you don’t want to clutter the main page of your blog with that long a list.

Free Advertisement

Filed under: — Carthik @ 6:34 pm

If you run a website for a non-profit, or one that deals with some Open-Source project, using WordPress, and if you want free advertisement here at wordlog.com in the sidebar, let me know. I will let it run whenever I can’t find any paid ads for this website. Leave me a comment if you are interested, stating the page, or URL that will be linked to from the ad.

This is only a public service, and this is not a contract or agreement. In other words, you can’t complain if I pull the ads. That’s Carthik-worried-about-legalities speaking.

Kill Referrer Spam

Filed under: — Carthik @ 3:39 pm

Referrer spam is when folks try to spam your referrers list in the server logs by trying to make it look like they linked to your site. This is not a big issue for most, since only you, the owner of the blog usually sees the referrers list, and so the spammer doesn’t gain any undue advantage, and yet, some people make their referrers list available publicly, and in this case, referrer spam works to the benefit of the spammer.

If you want to kill all referrer spam, or at least most of it, read Caveat Lector’s article on the topic.

While reading that topic, I came across Ann Elisabeth’s Blog, which looks like a mother-lode of information related to comment spammers, and how to trace, and kill them. I haven’t read even half of what’s on the blog, and I must it is a great resource for information.

BlogMine – Rss Ads

Filed under: — Carthik @ 12:47 pm

Advertising in RSS feeds is here. It was just a couple of months ago that Mark was wondering how long it would be before someone started doing ads in RSS feeds. Now we have BlogMine starting to do this. The sanity of the process of feed reading is bound to change with this.

How does it affect me as a publisher? Well, insignificantly. I can’t find advertisers for my weblog, leave alone my RSS feeds :P

LaTeX in WordPress

Filed under: — Carthik @ 9:30 am

Scientists, researchers and publishers who use LaTex might be interested in checking out this WordPress blog which serves to illustrate the use of LaTeX in WordPress.

The blog talks about LaTeX Render, a plugin for rendering LaTeX formatted text in WordPress, and that includes integral equations, tables and such! LaTeX is far superior to any WYSIWYG text editor, and produces beautiful papers. I have been using it for my research work, and it’s amazing to see that LaTeX elements can be embedded in blogs. Wow!

IllustRender is another plugin that weblog talks about, which aids in adding illustrations to WordPress weblogs.

WP-CC – A CreativeCommons plugin for WordPress.

Filed under: — Carthik @ 4:45 am

Firas took up Lawrence Lessig’s bait and whipped up WP-CC, a plugin for making it easy to use CC licenses for you WordPress posts.

It looks neat, with it’s own plugin management page, and is, overall, an admirable piece of work for a first-plugin. In fact this is the first time Firas has released any code! He has every right to go WOW!.

What is it about writing code for free that attracts people?

Lessig wrote about the plugin, but forgot to link to the plugin!

To end the post, I would like to thank Firas for documenting some parts of the procedure involved in creating a plugin. So go and get yourself the plugin and start using CC licenses!

A news aggregator for WordPress?

Filed under: — Carthik @ 4:30 am

Have you seen Drupal.org’s News Aggregator?

All it does is list the articles that ping http://drupal.org by means of including that URL in the article. That is really cool. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an aggregator that collected and displayed posts that link to http://wordpress.org ?

 

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