I might not be very good at explaining things in an impromptu manner, but hopefully within the video right after the break I do somewhat OK in showing you how to install a web server on Linux. Also, I explain how to use the web server in a basic sense. For the bonus, I also show you how to install MySQL’s web administrative interface PHPMyAdmin. At the end of the video, I demonstrate how to install WordPress just to prove to you that you can really host a web application on your brand new web server. Please enjoy the video tutorial right after the break!
Google announced that they will shut down Google Reader in couple months. I don’t remember the exact date which Google has set to shut down Google Reader, but if I’m not wrong it will be sometime in July of 2013. Anyhow, since I’m a heavy Google Reader user, it’s hard for me to think that I can go without Google Reader for months and into the infinity. Nonetheless, Google will shut down Google Reader, and there is nothing we can do about it. So, I’ve been looking around for Google Reader replacement and I’ve found ManagingNews. Of course, there might be better alternative Google Reader software/services out there, but for now I’m sticking with ManagingNews. If you want to know how to use and install ManagingNews onto your computer, please watch the video right after the break. By the way, ManagingNews is free! Enjoy the video!!!
Although we are moving away from self-hosted WordPress for EssayBoard.com, but we can’t help to acknowledge that WordPress 3.2 will rock newcomers and veterans alike who take up WordPress as their blog platform. Even we who are no longer used self-hosted WordPress but using WordPress.com feel that the new WordPress 3.2 is truly awesome. Of course, the big difference between self-hosted WordPress and WordPress.com is that you have more freedom in customizing your blog, because WordPress.com isn’t that flexible in allowing you to customizing your blog for security reason (i.e., installing plugins). What else is cool about self-hosted WordPress? The folks at Automatic.com planned to make WordPress 3.2 way more faster than its predecessors from the beginning. So, self-hosted WordPress users should feel the improvement in their blog’s loading speed.
Other improvements for WordPress 3.2 are including a refreshing look within admin area, distraction free writing when one creates new blog post in full screen with WordPress, new default theme, automatic update will be faster whenever the next version comes out (i.e., 3.3 or so), requiring higher/newer backend technology such as PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5, and few other minor improvements.
We’ve seen WordPress from a humble beginning to a full blown content management system. Instead of feeling a slow down in WordPress development process since WordPress is so capable now, we have seen WordPress’s development continues to improve at either constant speed or has sped up — at least that’s how I feel! Combining with frequent releases of WordPress and easy update process through automatic update/upgrade, I think self-hosted WordPress users have it much easier than any other users from other content management systems. Even better, if you’re using WordPress.com, you get the feeling of WordPress 3.2 plus less headache from maintaining one’s own servers.
Anyhow, if you’re thinking of creating a blog, I think WordPress 3.2 won’t disappoint you! Perhaps, you want to take a test on WordPress.com first for getting to know the platform, and then go for gold by hosting your very own WordPress blog on your own server. Downloading WordPress 3.2 to host on one’s own web server by going to WordPress.org.
I have no doubt that there are many people may feel blogging with WordPress app on iPad 2 is some what inadequate, but Blogsy app is here to rescue. The software team of developers for Blogsy is based in South Korea. I have tested Blogsy out, and I think it’s definitely a better app to blog with than most.
Blogsy supports WordPress.com and self hosted WordPress and Blogger.com. Besides of supporting those two blog host/platforms’ API, Blogsy is also supporting APIs of YouTube and Picasa and Flickr, allowing it to let you drag and drop images and videos from these services. This is something WordPress app cannot do, but Blogsy manages to make it work. For your information, you do need to first entering third party services’ credentials for Blogsy to communicate with third party services’ API before you can drag and drop contents onto your blog. A perfect example would be drag and drop videos in your YouTube account onto your blog using Blogsy. Talking about embedding videos, you still have to copy embedded code from videos and paste them into Blogsy’s write side. Switching from write side to rich side is easy as swiping a finger of yours across the screen once. You can imagine rich side of Blogsy as WYSIWYG editor, and the write side is HTML editor.
Another very useful feature for Blogsy that WordPress lacks is to save your blog post as draft. Blogsy also has its own web browser so you don’t have to switch in and out between Safari and a blog app. I have to admit that Blogsy’s user interface is pretty, and it does know how to allow users to utilize bigger space in screen real estate when bloggers are typing away with their blogs. Lastly, Blogsy allows you to use three fingers swipe with upward motion to quickly save and publish and update a blog post.
Current Blogsy version has a price tag of $2.99, but they say they will raise the price of the app when the next version comes out. In the end, I think Blogsy is a much better app than the current WordPress app. With Blogsy on your iPad 2, I think you may have a greater joy of blogging on the go.
Update & Correction: In this blog post I had mentioned that WordPress App has no save draft functionality. I was wrong. It does have this functionality, but it only becomes available when you don’t use the update or cancel functionality and quit the writing process of your blog post abruptly without saving your work. This is why it had alluded me from beginning. I have to say I prefer this functionality to be made available out in the open for a blog app, and this is why I think Blogsy app is better than WordPress app (i.e., version 2.7.2) in this aspect, but of course I favor Blogsy over WordPress app for many other reasons too.
WordPress users who have enabled multi-site option and BuddyPress plugin together (i.e., networks) probably are experiencing massive spam registration from spammers. There isn’t a definitive method to stop waves of spam registration either by bots or human spammers, because sometimes it takes all available methods to put a stop to spam registration. It’s like a cat and mouse game. The sad thing is that many spam registration preventive methods have failed to prevent spammers from registering spam accounts. There is one noticeable method that may temporary put a stop to spam registration on your WordPress/BuddyPress website is to change the BuddyPress registration slug inside wp-config.php. If there isn’t one yet, just add it into wp-config.php.
Example: define ( ‘BP_REGISTER_SLUG’, ‘givemeanewacct’ );
With that line inside wp-config.php, the next time someone wants to sign up a new account, they’ll be redirected to yourdomain.tld/givemeanewacct.
This method probably is useless against human spammers, but it will work effectively against bots. Then again, you have to change the slug frequently to prevent bots from adapting to the new slug. Luckily, it’s rather painless to change the slug within wp-config.php.
Google is going to revamp its Blogger service. If you’re a blogger and using Google’s Blogger blog platform, then you’ll have something to be happy about. It seems Google will improve Blogger with a newer dashboard and features. Check out the video after the break on the hype of Google’s upcoming improved Blogger.