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Twitter kills Posterous

Feb 23rd, 2013 | By
Twitter kills Posterous

When micro-blogging giant Twitter bought mini-blogging Posterous last year, the news was received with mixed feelings. Early on, there were suspicions that Twitter was going to kill Posterous. For reasons unknown actually, as Posterous was not a Twitter, but rather a Tumblr competitor. So 12 months down the road, Posterous’ death has been announced: As (…)

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How to secure WordPress timthumb.php

Sep 16th, 2011 | By
How to secure WordPress timthumb.php

If you have a selfhosted WordPress blog (WordPress.org), take urgent measures to secure your site from a recently discovered vulnerability. Many WordPress themes and plug-ins use a script called “timthumb” (timthumb.php). This is the most common code used to create thumbnails from pictures. End July, a vulnerability surfaced showing external users could dump malicious code (…)

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The World of Social Media in 2011

Sep 4th, 2011 | By
The World of Social Media in 2011

If you ever need to give a presentation on the reach of the most prominent social media tools… Video courtesy Omobono



When things break – Yet another look inside the workshop for a self-hosted blog

Jun 30th, 2011 | By
When things break – Yet another look inside the workshop for a self-hosted blog

You can classify blogs into categories using many different criteria. From a blog-administrator’s point of view, the main classification whether a blog is self-hosted on your own server (such as WordPress.org) or hosted by the blogging service itself (such as Blogger, Tumblr, Posterous, WordPress.com,…) Blogs hosted by the blogging service make you dependent on their (…)

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Got a lot of blog content? Try a magazine layout!

Apr 12th, 2011 | By
Got a lot of blog content? Try a magazine layout!

Long gone are the times where blogs were just a mere sequential series of short posts. Some blogs have grown to thousands of content pieces. Keeping a large blog as just a serial row of posts will obscure content for your visitors, allowing only horizontal navigation: from post to post to post to post… Key (…)

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BlogTips Tutorial:
How to select your blog platform

Mar 25th, 2011 | By
BlogTips Tutorial:<br />How to select your blog platform

Alright! You recognized your organisation can benefit from a blog and you know what you will blog about. But… which “software” should you use to blog? From the many different blogplatforms on the market, which suits your needs? In this tutorial, I explain the questions you need to ask yourself, the basic choices you will (…)

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Should you upgrade to WordPress 3.1?

Mar 19th, 2011 | By
Should you upgrade to WordPress 3.1?

Recently WordPress 3.1 came out. While the (major) upgrade from WordPress 2.9 to 3.0 was in general seen as a success, 3.1 seems to be different. There are a number of known problems with the WordPress 3.1 upgrade. Most of them have to do with incompatibilities with certain plugins and themes. There are also issues (…)

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Tumblr and WordPress: a crawler’s difference

Feb 10th, 2011 | By
Tumblr and WordPress: a crawler’s difference

Mid January, I moved Aid News, one of my news aggregator sites from Tumblr to WordPress. After the move I activated the Google XML sitemap plugin which submits the blog’s sitemap automatically to different search engines.



How I moved 350,000 blogposts from Tumblr to WordPress

Jan 31st, 2011 | By
How I moved 350,000 blogposts from Tumblr to WordPress

I had seven blogs on Tumblr which aggregate news. Using a technique I described earlier, they take RSS feeds from over 1,000 carefully selected websites and blogs, filter them, clean them up, and feed them into the different Tumblr blogs. I used the unique feature built into Tumblr to convert RSS feeds into posts. All (…)

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How to enable a mobile theme on your WordPress blog in one minute

Jan 18th, 2011 | By
How to enable a mobile theme on your WordPress blog in one minute

Accessing a standard website from a mobile phone is a pain. If the site does not support a mobile theme, it will cramp the pages, which normally barely fit on a laptop screen, onto a teeny-weeny mobile phone screen. Microscopic fonts, impossible to navigate, or to click links, etc. Bummer! Nevertheless, the amount of visitors (…)

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How one small plug-in can slow down your blog

Jan 11th, 2011 | By
How one small plug-in can slow down your blog

I recently migrated seven high volumne Tumblr blogs onto WordPress on my my private server. Even though I use aggressive caching, I still saw a lot of CPU load, caused by SQL-access…

How was that possible? I had every post preloaded in cache?

The venom sat in a small plug-in….