I’ve been busy this last few days playing around with the both blogs, here and Portland Bill playing around behind the scenes (php is so… different to html) and getting stressed sorting out the integration of facebook to them.

Having got there in the end, I think it was worth doing.

Only time will tell really. 😀

It wasn’t all plain sailing though I have to admit, though I did learn alot and that’s always a bonus. 😉

I dealt with those issues and changed a few other things …

Facebook log in for comments

The setting up of the facebook log in on the comments was some hassle, it plays up with the captcha code, which has to be entered first, though I do think Otto did a great job with this facebook connect plug in.

I once turned that captcha off and got deluged with spam, so that’s not an option at the moment, I am hoping the anti spam plug in Gail from Growmap showed me which is being sorted out will be the way to go, there is a box that must be ticked next to the comment form to confirm you aren’t a spammer, or bot… meaning only real people posting real comments will get anywhere. 😀

I think with that I will be able to turn the captcha off, so let’s hope it all works out well, if so, that plug in could spread like wildfire. 😉

Facebook privacy

I had a couple of people worried that it interferes with their privacy from facebook, after all most people have it set to quite private settings… understandable, interestingly enough there is nothing to worry about, having tested things I can see that it only shows when you are logged in and it follows your own privacy settings, only your friends or who you allow to see your profile will see it. 🙂

I tested this out on the Portland Bill blog, as there are a few extras there due to it having a facebook fan page.

Logging out disables it all, because you also log out of facebook, really there is no need to log out after making a comment, with tabs in browsers now, you are logged in on that window (where you have tabs open) and it’s when you close the browser window that matters. Much like with your Google account. It means you don’t need to keep logging in and out.

This is how facebook/google will follow you around, or better put, you take your web with you … you could comment anywhere using the log ins on both facebook and google, as long as the website, blog allows it. 😀

Your Facebook privacy is safe… 😉

Layout, images and new post ideas

One of the better things about using WordPress 3.0 and the “twenty ten” theme is the header images, I have now added more new header images which you will spot over the next few posts, the one above showing you Portland’s best seat. 🙂

I think different headers on every post really makes a difference, having looked around at other blogs using it too, I see some fantastic ones out there, the fact they stood out is proof to me that they are worth having. 🙂

I also added a background image to this blog, as you can see on the sides and more so on the footer, below. No idea if this will slow the blog down really, the Portland Bill one has had a background image since day one and I never really noticed it slowing down on there, so thought I would give it a go here too. 😀

I changed the link colours too, green is for GO… after all. 😆

The layout itself, I am happy with at the moment, I used to have a sidebar on each side of the post, but I think one is enough, I may add a few more pages, which are always linked to under the header image.

New post ideas?

A few weeks ago Missy asked me a great question, it was interesting and fun to post about other peoples ideas and questions, it also sparked a few others off giving me post ideas, the contact form on here is great for that should you want to ask anything, please do.

So, that gave my an idea to add a “coffee break question” post, anytime I get asked something and I write a post about it, I will add that tag and add it to a category of the same name. 😉

That will group them together, easy to find then.

Look out for them, maybe one a week would be just the job. You will notice when it’s a coffee break post. 😀

Starting to really like and see the potential of this wordpress, and I have not stopped yet, not even scratched the surface really. 😀 Yet I think I will get more out of it on the Portland Bill blog, I have some good ideas to implement there. 😉

One last thing here, I added a BIG RSS icon on the top of the sidebar, making it more noticeable is meant to help, so we will see, go subscribe if you haven’t already, better still choose the email for a good freebie.

Hoping these little changes improve things for you and me here… any thoughts on that? (Oh edit to add: Check the new favicon in the browser, here and Portland Bill blog)

Please do leave a comment, even test out the facebook log in if you like. 😉

WordPress rocks, Facebook users and new post ideas…
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16 thoughts on “WordPress rocks, Facebook users and new post ideas…

  • September 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Instead of using a captcha, try installing three plugins:
    1. Cookies for Comments
    2. Simple Trackback Validation
    3. Akismet

    The first two will knock out something like 95% of spam without any need for a captcha or anything else. They have no real options to speak of: they just work. And they work great. Akismet will catch the rest.

    I use these on my sites, which get something like 500 spam comments a day being posted to them. Perhaps 5 get through per month.
    Otto´s last blog post ..Advertising on the web

    • September 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm

      Hey Otto,

      Good to see you here, thanks for that.

      Good work with that plug in. 😀

      Well, I do use Askimet at the moment, which does stop alot of the spam, yet it also has it’s own issues, as for the other two you mention there, not heard of them, so will check them out, would be good to get rid of the Captcha… 🙂

      No options, they just work sounds even better 😆

      Thanks, will see what happens with that. 😉

      EDIT to add, I see neither have been yet tested with the latest version WP 3.0, I have installed them, not yet activated them… I know you use that version, anything I need to watch out for? Thanks. 🙂
      Rob´s last blog post ..No hope for spammers

  • September 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Loved Reading Chelles, and read a few others too, but all this is over my head I’m affraid x

    • September 20, 2010 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Tracey,

      Well, you know how to add a comment. 😉

      Just hoping that the facebook connection adds something extra to the blog for you lot. 😀
      Rob´s last blog post ..Portland Stonemasons

  • September 21, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I do love your new background image and header… it looks more serene.

    Some are against the facebook and twitter login when commenting and prefer the wordpress comment form itself. But I guess I’m going to add the feature in my gaming pages… I have a lot of young teens there on my FB list 😉

    Hey Rob, if you have more posts like this, you can drop them here: http://z3olyte.com/submit-link-2/ no registration required 🙂
    Cindy´s last blog post ..Skin It! 9 Online Tools to Design your Gadget Skin

    • September 21, 2010 at 9:55 am

      Thanks Cindy. 🙂

      Glad you like it.

      Yeah, I just added the facebook log in mainly for those who don’t usually comment, not just here but anywhere, maybe it gives them the nudge to leave a comment, hopefully. 😉

      I think it would be even better on yours, as you say, the niche, and the age of the audience, plus the fact nearly everyone has a facebook account these days. 😉 Well worth you adding it. 😀

      Will check that submit thing you shared there. 😉 Thanks.
      Rob´s last blog post ..Portland Bill facebook comments added

    • September 21, 2010 at 9:57 am

      Aye, if we don’t learn something along the way, we are wasting our time. 😉

      After 7 years, I still learn something new quite often. 😀
      Rob´s last blog post ..I’ll email you- that ok take a bribe

  • September 21, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve noticed how some Bloggers jump in full force but I find myself making baby steps and am okay with my blogging pace. But I have to admit, I’m loving the plugin … it’s good especially for non-bloggers. It seems we always reward fellow bloggers for their visits and comments.

    Rob, this background is so serene. Not that I wasn’t relaxed already …. this helps me to maintain that cool. 🙂
    Kissie´s last blog post ..Monday’s Email

    • September 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm

      As long as you are happy at your pace, that’s all that matters Kissie… 😉

      Yeah, I think most who will use that facebook log in are non bloggers really, for bloggers it makes better sense to use the blogs commenting system, after all, a link back for ya, instead of to your facebook profile. 😉

      Glad ya liked that background, that’s out the back here… Imagine it for real. 😛
      Rob´s last blog post ..Loyalty- where’s yours going- and are you getting value

  • September 22, 2010 at 8:14 am

    coffee break questions sounds great Rob, since I’m also running out of ideas to post, sort of, since I’m thinking of a lot of things lately. Regarding the changes, I first noticed the favicon, and I thought I was on a wrong blog (since I just saw the new post update through my email).

    I guess you are getting good with PHP now 🙂 Nice!
    Jason @ Affiliate Marketing Blog´s last blog post ..SEO Strategies

    • September 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      I am learning with this PHP stuff, it’s very different to html, but I will get there mate. 😉 It’s all loops and call backs and stuff… *sigh. 🙂

      Glad to get that favicon sorted out on both blogs, though I also noticed it doesn’t show for me on post pages, only the home page, and my dashboard.

      Oh well, way better than what I had, and the Portland bill one still had bloody blogger icon, not having that… 😉

      I think the coffee break idea will be ok, if I get enough questions and such. 😉
      Rob´s last blog post ..Portland Stonemasons treated with contempt- again!

  • October 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Hey Rob, its good to see that you have added so many new features. But the best part of all is the FB connect. I have tried to integrate this myself in my blog, but I couldn’t do it. It looked kinda tricky to me. Hope I will install this myself, in my next try.
    Sathishkumar´s last blog post ..Search Engine Optimization For Dummies

    • October 10, 2010 at 8:50 pm

      Sorry about that delay, blame askimet 😉 The new plug in written about in the link below should help us all.

      Using Ottos method as above and by the instructions he gives you should get there if you use his plug in set up that is. 😉 Check his comment above…

      Give his a go, it took me time but is worth it. Let us know how ya get on. 🙂
      Rob´s last blog post ..GASP- 101010 and no spam!

  • October 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Hi Rob

    Found your blog via some posts elsewhere about Andy Jenkins and co. All such eye openers for me. For sure we need to keep control of all our efforts. I was in another similar biz where they kept all my leads.

    I started a blogger blog a month ago but intend starting a WP one soon as I learn a bit more LOL. Would be interested to hear your experiences comparing the 2. Especially from your comment above – “bloody blogger icon, not having that…”



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