What are your recommended reads (print, webpage, etc) for blog design/usability information? What makes or breaks a blog? Bonus: Examples of what to do and what not to do.
posted by tozturk
on Nov 21, 2005 -
I hope you guys can settle an argument for me about Blogger.
Each Blogger user has a unique profile id. eg blogger.com/profile/XXXX
XXXX is in running numbers. The smallest number is the earliest blog. ie
blogger.com/profile/1 belongs to Blogger's founder.
XXXX stays with you, until you delete your account. There is no way to change it.
Even if you change your user name, profile etc.
My friend maintains that it changes with your username.
So which is which? My Google-fu has failed me, for this instance.
posted by merv
on Nov 10, 2005 -
Can someone recommend a simple method or app for making monthly local archives of web-based blogs? In my case, the site is blogger, the save location is on a Mac.
posted by saketini99
on Oct 24, 2005 -
Do you work for a medium or large company? Does your company have an intranet? Does it use blogging tools and wikis? If so.... [more inside]
posted by TheDonF
on Oct 4, 2005 -
Who in the world can help me manage/fix/customize my Movable Type website? I am completely clueless, too busy to learn the damn program myself, willing to pay someone likeminded to help me, chomping at the bit to really get my blog off the ground. [more inside]
posted by melixxa600
on Sep 22, 2005 -
I have a lovely Xanga skin for my blog, but weirdly it appears to be the only skin which doesn't include an option for a reader to go back and look at my previous posts, and despite my Googling, Xanga-ing and trying to work it out, all I've done is muck it up good and properly.
So, can anyone suggest what code I need to enter (preferably by cutting and pasting!) into the middle of the three boxes at the bottom of my Xanga code to allow people to go forward or back as far as they like? The source I'm using at the moment is at my blog page, here: http://www.xanga.com/timpollard
Many thanks in advance!
posted by timpollard
on Sep 19, 2005 -
Blogging in the classroom.
I've decided to set-up a blog for my students this semester. This will be the place for their response papers, writing exercises and a few other tidbits. It needs to have access for 5-10 members, a very easy set-up, free-to-near-free pricing (although I would pay or find the dollars to fund if it was warranted), and very clear posting/linking instructions for the students. Advice on selecting a blogging system needed. [more inside]
posted by fionab
on Aug 31, 2005 -
Please Help Me. I need a blog. I am so busy and scattered, though. I post stuff all over the place, and I try to connect with folks with snippets. I think a blog would work for me, even in it got few hits. But since I am so busy, I don't have much time to learn detailed shortcuts, software, etc. I would like to find a place on the web where it is easy to post stuff in a cool layout, including of course links, pix, etc. Maybe with sidebars, contact info, etc. It would also be nice if it were within a community of bloggers. And maybe "Blog" is the wrong term, as it might be simply a personal web page. But a blog seems more interactive, and I want that. My interests are eclectic, but they include radical social, and personal, change. Will you please help me with ideas? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by swlabr
on Jul 27, 2005 -
For the past few months, Diaryland, the site where I host my online journal, has been having some strange errors. Requests for technical help have gone unanswered. I'm getting worried that the site has been abandoned. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero
on Jun 28, 2005 -
The company I work for wants to get on the blog bandwagon and I need to get things set up. Right now our website is hosted by Verio on a co-located server running Windows. [more inside]
posted by ssmith
on Jun 15, 2005 -
I'm thinking of using Blogger to start up a little topical/news site, but I need suggestions on how to attract visitors. What's the best way to let people know your blog even exists?
posted by jenleigh
on Jun 4, 2005 -
WordPress users: What plugins have you found useful? My wife and I are both new WordPress users, after an arduous battle to wrest our previous entries from Blogger's paws. I'd like to extend the functionality of our sites, but the number of plugins available is a little daunting. What plugins do you use?
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Mar 22, 2005 -
Can anyone recommend good blogging software for ASP or ColdFusion? My IT department said no to PHP/MySQL. Cost is no concern. The only stuff I've found so far is weak. One feature I need is comment registration.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink
on Feb 22, 2005 -
What do you consider to be the bare essentials of function in a blog?
My soon-to-be "blog" is going to be a collection of my crappy creative non-fiction and fiction. I like simple. But I don't know that everyone else does. Do you miss stuff like referrers/trackbacks, feeds, email notification, archives by category, searches, commenting, etc., if they aren't there?
posted by mealy-mouthed
on Feb 10, 2005 -
MT weirdness: last night I upgraded from 2.64 to 3.14, apparently flawlessly. Today I've noticed that I cannot access the past two weeks of archive. [+] [more inside]
posted by moonbird
on Jan 10, 2005 -
I'm a TypePad user, moving to Movable Type. I know that MT is much more powerful, but out of the (virtual) box, it is lacking in a lot of the cool features (book lists, photo albums, blogrolls) that TypePad has built in.
What's the best place for a n00b like me to go to start bringing MT into line with what I had in TypePad? I've been slogging through the MT Plugins site, but if there's an even easier guide out there, I'll gladly admit I'm an MT loser and just paint-by-numbers!
posted by baltimore
on Jan 8, 2005 -
Comment Spam question. Recently I've been hit with hundreds of comment spams to my weblog (MT 3.0 w/ mt-blacklist). The funny thing is the links aren't to the normal kind of sites. The domain names are randoms letters that don't resolve and the text is usually a person's name. For example the link might be 'Lucille' with the domain of xzxesfseor.com.
Why are the comment spammers doing this? Are they attempting to overwhelm the blacklist systems with nonsense? Any explanations?
posted by Argyle
on Dec 29, 2004 -
. Anyone have any experience? Google's support response was less than helpful. [mi] [more inside]
posted by dhartung
on Dec 17, 2004 -
Blogfilter: Does anyone know of any free utilities/websites that allows me to automatically email designated recipients my newest blog (specifically, LiveJournal) entry? (It doesn't have to be the complete entry - it could be an excerpt, but preferably not just a link.) [more inside]
posted by christin
on Nov 20, 2004 -
My current host
is closing down, and since I bought my domain through them it will be transferred into my name before they finally close at the end of the year. However, my domain expires on December 12, and they are so far unresponsive to my emails and have not transferred the domain (it has been two weeks since my initial request). I am worried that if I'm not able to renew it, it will be snapped up by a domain-sitter and I will lose it. In case it isn't transferred in time, is there a way I can beat the domain-sitters to it and reserve my domain? What are the more affordable options for doing this? Will I be guaranteed to get it?
posted by teem
on Nov 18, 2004 -
Is there any extremely easy way to password protect a blog. The real goal is to have a blog-as-ecommerce. I need to figure out how to set up subscriptions to the blog, charge (via paypal) and give each user a unique password and login. Any software I can get/buy to do this? If I have to hire someone who can build this for me, where do I look and what should it cost? I won't have many subscribers, so I can handle some issues mannualy if need be, but the more automated the better.
posted by limitedpie
on Nov 15, 2004 -
In Movable Type, how do you jigger it so the URLs of the individual entries display the title of the piece, as opposed to the entry number?
posted by solistrato
on Sep 24, 2004 -
What are the benefits and drawbacks of hosting blogging software on a domain separate from a blog's domain? The only advantage I see is that it keeps my blog's log files clear of my MovableType 3.11 installation, resulting in cleaner traffic reports. I see no disadvantages. Is it better to just make subdomain for the software installation?
posted by bitpart
on Sep 15, 2004 -
Thursday Tech Two-fer
(1) What's the best way these days to have multiple MT blogs one one page-- RSS or what? What's the best way to implement this?
2) What criteria do you use to rate your MP3s? For example, does a five-star rating mean all-time best of, best of the artists' work, best within a genre? What rating method do you find most useful?
posted by keswick
on Sep 9, 2004 -
ParentingFilter? My (almost) 13 year-old wants to put together a web site, with polls, for a class project. I want her use either Comcast, where we get our web, or Blogger, which I use, for the basic site. She wants to be free of my control. Who can recommend other free hosting sites that I can trust? I'm open to ideas about sites that post web-polls as well.
posted by mmahaffie
on Sep 8, 2004 -
Blank text in Movable Type 2.661 on IE 6 - until mouseover or scroll - then text shows up. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by soyjoy
on Aug 30, 2004 -
I came home from my two week vacation to find an enormous amount of comment spam on my MT weblog. I've now read this
so I guess I know how to stop it from happening again (if I can figure out all the tech stuff), but deleting is turning out to be a nightmare. Is there some easier way to delete this than going into each post and individually deleting the spam comments?
posted by anastasiav
on Aug 23, 2004 -
I want to set up a photoblog, preferably within or in conjuction with my Blogger blog. I thought that Google recently acquired a company that might be doing this in the future, any word? If this is unlikely, what are the best alternatives? What if I don't care if it works well with Blogger, is there anything that is good and free that can serve my needs?
posted by crazy finger
on Aug 16, 2004 -
Queuing posts on Movable Type 2.63.
I'm going away for a week; what can I do to queue posts on my blog, scheduling one to automatically be published each day? [more inside]
posted by Marquis
on Aug 16, 2004 -
What good blogging software exists that allows me to create multiple custom entry fields? MT and Textpattern seem to suggest that future versions may
have this feature, but is there anything that currently does this easily?
posted by Robot Johnny
on Aug 9, 2004 -
What's the best way to attract a readership to your blog? Must you be a self-styled journalist
, pundit, or the like? Is it worth it to take out textads? Does it help to post on other people's blogs? Do you have to talk about bloggers, blogging, and the blogosphere all the time on your blog for people to read it? How do you get that first reader?
posted by swift
on Aug 4, 2004 -
Does anyone have any suggestions for an all-in-one photo editing/FTP/weblogging software? I know how to do all the steps manually, but am having a very hard time teaching her how to do it all. Wanted features - photo cropping, auto levels, thumbnail creation, ftp, and hopefully some sort of utility to generate weblog posts with image url and popup code. Does that make sense?
posted by TuxHeDoh
on Jul 28, 2004 -
Is there any good solution for multi-url blog software? I've got a bunch of domains, and I want to run different blogs on each of them, but I don't want to have to install, say, a separate copy of Wordpress for each of them (and then have to go update all of them individually when there's an update). They're all located on the same physical server (linux/Apache).
posted by Caviar
on Jul 15, 2004 -
I have a friend who wants to set up a movable type based weblog on a new (yet to be registered/determined) domain. Are there any webhosts that offer some sort of movable type webhosting plan, that is one with movable type already installed? Alternately, any recommendations for movable type freindly webhosts would be appreciated.
posted by darainwa
on Jul 3, 2004 -
I'm looking for a weblogging system for an academic course. Unfortunately, MT and Blogger don't seem to meet my needs: it has to have multiple users, user groups, and posts need to have access control (certain posts can only be read by certain groups). LiveJournal offers this, but I don't want to have to set up an entire LJ server. Is there some kind of middle ground?
posted by bwerdmuller
on Jun 30, 2004 -
So I was thinking of starting a charitable blog project wherein I participate in every "Move for a cause" marathon event local to me (ie. walk for the cure, terry fox run, etc.).
What I need to know is this: [More Inside, obviously] [more inside]
posted by Evstar
on Jun 13, 2004 -
I'm looking for a very simple self-hosted blogging/CMS tool. Are there any that don't require a database or CGI on the server?
posted by casarkos
on May 12, 2004 -
Looking for rss aggregation tools that can be used to publish an aggregated weblog. I've found Planet Planet
, does anyone have any other suggestions?
posted by will
on May 9, 2004 -
Is there an interactive site, preferably a wiki, where people can suggest & discuss community-blog design & features? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Gyan
on Apr 26, 2004 -
Has finally Google begun shunting blogs out of their results, or lowering them in their ratings? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Shane
on Apr 22, 2004 -
Can anyone recommend a decent web host whose cheapie package will support the cgi magic that is Moveable Type? I'm about to start a new Moveable Type blog and I'd like to host it in the $0-$5 per month range. I don't need a lot of web space. I don't want to use Type Pad's "Basic" service, because of the features it lacks. Is there a MT-equivalent of Blogspot? Apache on *nix would be preferred. [more inside]
posted by scarabic
on Apr 21, 2004 -
So I am sick of livejournal, and I want to start a blog independent of any form sites. Also, I am interested in learning to create backends and architecture for sites similar to Mefi. Where should I start? What languages? Perl? Bear in mind, my own programming experience is limited to a fairly fluent grasp of HTML, which I know isn't really programming at all. Tips?
posted by lazaruslong
on Apr 15, 2004 -
[MT question] My blog is configured to publish in Unicode. I frequently use Chinese characters in my posts. The posts are published just fine, but when I go to edit a post, what comes up aren't the Chinese characters, but rather the Unicode coding for the characters. Is there some way to configure MT so that when I edit an older post, I can see the characters instead of the Unicode coding?
I wouldn't be surprised if the same thing happens with Japanese/Korean/Arabic/Summerian.
posted by alidarbac
on Apr 11, 2004 -
Using Typepad, how do I make it so the comments "Pop Up" as opposed to taking the reader to a new page?
posted by adrober
on Apr 10, 2004 -