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Ka-ching!

I’ve decided to experiment with Google Adsense on the blog. I first signed up for Adsense in 2005 but I never got around to incorporating the ads in the blog. It’s a bit of struggle really because I personally dislike personal blogs that are filled to the brim with ads (no offence to the folks who are big on this sort of thing; like I said, it’s personal).

I’ve decided to get my toes wet with the help of the Adsense-Deluxe plugin which allows you to embed Google ads in selected entries (like this one). This level of control is very appealing. I like the fact that because the ad space is not defined in the templates, they do not appear in every single archived page. Hopefully, I’ve gotten it at a level that is not too obtrusive.


Now all I have to do is to wait for the dollars to roll in… Ka-ching!

Thank goodness for day job. 😉

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IMified

Trying this novel little service called IMified.
Will the html tags show up?
I guess it’s worth a try.

[Update from the Web]:
Seems like the a href tags were stripped but the p tags worked okay. No support for Categories though. Ideal for quick twitter-like blog posts, but probably not too suitable for full-blown blogging. IMified supports a bunch of other useful services like Google Notes, ToDo, Calendar, etc. Pretty useful if IM takes up a big part of your online life. Works with AIM, Yahoo, MSN, GoogleTalk/Jabber.

IMified Services

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So. I decided to give a Ultimate Tag Warrior a spin when I started having some strange problems with the Jerome’s Keywords Plugin after the 2.1 WordPress upgrade. I poked around and couldn’t figure out what was wrong and decided to switch over to UTW.

There wasn’t much advice on Google for people contemplating the switch so I decide to give it a shot myself. It was pretty easy really; simply a matter of moving tag data from the JK table (wp_jkeywords) to the UTW ones (wp_tags, wp_post2tag).

You will have to execute the SQL code below through phpMyAdmin or the MySql client of your choice. The code is provided as-is, with absolutely no warranties, so please don’t blame me if you wipe out your database. Backup backup backup.

  1.  
  2. — Step 1. Create tags in UTW from JK
  3. INSERT INTO wp_tags (tag)
  4. SELECT DISTINCT tag_name FROM wp_jkeywords
  5.  
  6. — Step 2. Link tags to posts in UTW
  7. INSERT INTO wp_post2tag (tag_id, post_id)
  8. SELECT t.tag_id, j.post_id
  9. FROM wp_tags t, wp_jkeywords j
  10. WHERE j.tag_name = t.tag
  11.  
  12. — Done!

After running the sql, you may need to do a “Tidy Tags” in UTW (WP Admin > Manage > Tags > Manage Tags) before things start showing up properly.

Remember, backup!

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Hello Ella!

Upgraded WordPress to the latest and the greatest 2.1 version “Ella”. Relative painless upgrade but the Category Exclusion plugin I was using is broken. It was causing query_posts to return duplicate records for posts which have multiple categories. No biggie to fix; just remove the plugin and use the exclude parameter when calling the list categories function. Incidentally, while patching the theme, I found out that wp_list_cats is deprecated and is replaced by wp_list_categories in WP2.1.

What’s harder to fix is the problem WP Tiger Admin has with the tabbed Tiny MCE interface. Toggling between the Visual and Code modes causes the UI to go a little crazy. I regularly switch between both modes when editing a post, so this a bummer.

In Visual Mode initially Click on Code modeThen click back on Visual mode again

Other than, “Ella” seems to be working well. What I like most:

  • Ability to toggle between WYSIWYG and code mode in the editor
  • Auto-save!
  • Improved upload manager – it’s a whole lot more intuitive now

I still prefer the Tiger Admin interface though, and I hope it gets fixed soon…

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