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Mat Bowles ([personal profile] matgb) wrote2006-09-10 10:05 pm

Facebook and learning Wordpress

Two things. Livejournal this week launched their new ESN system. I love it, I can track comments on interesting posts, and getting everyones new userpics in one little bit of the site is just cool. That's not the topic. When Brad launched it, he described it as "non-stalkery", and I agre, it's not. On that discussion (in [livejournal.com profile] news here), many people commented that this was good, and compared it favourably to the new Facebook stalking features. Now, I don't use Facebook, it's only available to students, and, well, much as I'd like to be again, a) I'm now working and have no money and b) they wouldn't take me back in. So what, why do I care?

Well, because people can at times be stupid. Y'see, the new, controversial, Facebook features? Don't tell you any information you couldn't already find out, and could be switched off anyway. If you're on Facebook, or know someone who is, spread this link around, as those making a fuss seem, on what I've read, to need a great big slap for not actually getting what public, private and "social network" actually mean.

The utter cretin’s guide to privacy on Facebook


Second point. I'm playing around with a WordPress install on Voting TaKtiX. Ye gods it's good. So very very good. It's so much easier to use than Blogger and LJ. Importing all my old posts from NLE was so easy. Wait, I said my old posts. It even managed to recognise Paul as a user, and set him up as one, automatically, without me telling it to. Now all I need to do do is figure out how to style it (there are some good features on The Slant that I like the look of), go through the archives and categorise every post of note, get everyone linking to NLE to update their blogroll, shut down NLE formally and invite the other new authors in. All I need to do. That's about a months worth of spare time all on its own. Why didn't I do this a month ago?

Oh, because I thought installing software on my webserver would be difficult. D'oh!

[identity profile] js84.livejournal.com 2006-09-10 09:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Wordpress is probably the best server-based blogging software around. I'd nearly go so far to say it's the best of any open source software made. The support for it is quite extensive. I'm using it for my Dad's website (http://www.dugaldstark.co.uk) along with Coppermine. Before I decided to get an LJ account I had a go with an older version of Wordpress. However, I soon found out that there wasn't much fun to be had writing things that no one would read so that's why I'm using LJ now.

[identity profile] doctorvee.livejournal.com 2006-09-10 10:45 pm (UTC)(link)
I absolutely loved the grey and green theme you had on Voting TaKtiX when I had a look earlier. I went for a similar colour scheme for my blog last week before changing my mind (again). I might still do it because it is gorgeous, even though the colour scheme is quite fashionable.

[identity profile] doctorvee.livejournal.com 2006-09-11 12:41 am (UTC)(link)
Which recent comments one? The one that's in the yellow box or the one with the big list underneath it?

The truth is, I don't think I'm even sure myself! (That's why I don't deactivate plugins I'm not using, because then I'll find out that I was using them and I've just broken my blog.)

The yellow box one is recent comments (http://mtdewvirus.com/code/). The list underneath that is definitely <a href="http://meidell.dk/archives/category/wordpress/latest-comments/2>Brian's Latest Comments</a>.

[identity profile] doctorvee.livejournal.com 2006-09-11 08:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Whoops, didn't realised I ballsed that comment up! It's Brian's Latest Comments -- http://meidell.dk/archives/2004/09/12/brians-latest-comments/

[identity profile] dedbutdrmng.livejournal.com 2006-09-11 09:31 am (UTC)(link)
Talking of wordpress, fancy joining our happy little band? You can mail me at dedbutdrmng@yahoo.com.

RJ