Goes Gravatar Crazy « Blog « WordPress.com Howdy there bloggers! You’ll no doubt remember that when we acquired Gravatar.com, just over a year ago, we intended to fully integrate it into WordPress.com. It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally replaced the WordPress.com avatar system with those Globally Recognized Avatars. The old avatar tool in your WordPress.com profiles has been replaced with your current Gravatar (left.) Of course all of the standard Gravatar features are available to you. If you find that you have an “old” image for your Gravatar, simply click on the link to change it and then click on the “Use your last WordPress.com Avatar” link to get the new one back. Cheers! Like this: Like Loading... Apokalyptik
Using Wordpress 3.0 for a library website | Librarians Matter Our new library building requires a newly branded website, with room for information about the sustainability features. Our problem? The current simple and elegant site created by a design firm is a little too simple (no site searchbox, no social features) and if we want to make some pretty fundamental changes (like remove a menu item) the firm charges us each time. The solution? Our main motivation for using WordPress is to create a site that, once it is set up, is easy to add to and change – with the skills of a regular librarian and the budget of a regular library. I am busy in the next two weeks working full time on the project. I am going to use WordPress 3.0 which is due for release today. There are other advantages. To match the current structure of the old site, I have set up my pages with a simple parent/child structure. I also want a drop-down menu of “How Do I?” This combines beautifully with the “custom menus” options. Post 14 of the 30 posts in 30 days challenge.
Akismet Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog's "Comments" admin screen. Major new features in Akismet 2.5 include: A comment status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet, and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderatorLinks are highlighted in the comment body, to reveal hidden or misleading linksIf your web host is unable to reach Akismet's servers, the plugin will automatically retry when your connection is back upModerators can see the number of approved comments for each userSpam and Unspam reports now include more information, to help improve accuracy PS: You'll need an Akismet.com API key to use it.
How Frequently Should You Change Your Blog’s Theme? Some of the biggest decisions bloggers face involve their blog theme. Should you change your theme? Should you pay for a premium theme or a custom theme? What should you look for in a new theme ? With so many free themes readily available (especially for WordPress users) you could literally change you theme everyday if you wanted to. While the availability of themes is a major plus for WordPress users, it can also make some of these decisions more difficult. First, you need to consider how the theme impacts the blog in the following ways: 1. Blogs that have been effectively branded have typically used a blog theme as part of their branding strategy. If your blog does have an established brand but you feel it is time for a theme change, consider creating a new theme that will still feature many of the same recognizable elements as your current theme. 2. With so many blogs out there, and so many of them using the same free themes or very similar themes, a unique look is valuable. 3. 4. 5.