I know my posting has been slow most all of the summer, but if you have not been here in a while and were a regular before take a look around (for that matter, if you are completely new do the same). I have, when I had the time over the last month or so, made a few major changes here on the blog. The biggest things that come to mind are an updated, more modern theme, dropping out a LOT of ads, and just and over all cleaner look. A few other things that may not be as noticeable include re-implementation of a mobile theme and roll back to the basic comment system (with allowance for Facebook and Twitter logins). It was time to be sure and I am happy with it, but give me your thoughts if you have any.
I have been so out of the loop with WordPress of late, that I did not even realize we were about to get a new release of things until it popped up requesting an update on one of my sites this evening. It hit at a good time as I made new full backups of all my sites last night. I just had the short about time pulling a quick copy of my databases and then I quickly did that upgrade as well as updates to the themes and plugins that were quickly available. So far it mostly looks good and shows some good work that has been done on the upgrade, with one minor exception that I have found on one of my sites. Here are a few details about the release and the one problem.
Anyone who has been around here the last few months may have noticed, as I discussed back sometime last year I may go ahead with an install of Disqus and I did. I have been running that comment system for about the last five months. The biggest reason I wanted to go to it has never been re-implemented so I switched today. The comment system I have switched to is called Livefyre. So far, I am still on the fence about the change and I think I may need to just go back to the regular comment system included with Wordpress and pursue my on API interface to incorporate Facebook comments back to the blog.
Realize that a few months ago I gave Disqus a trial run based on something I had read about it pulling in comments from other sources. However, that particular function seemed to work sporadically at best and so after a few days of testing I rolled it back. However, without much brain power having been spent, it is clear the comments increased during that short-lived attempt. So, now I come back asking if I were to consider a return to such a community/comment building system – which is the better option – Disqus or the very popular IntenseDebate?
You have jumped into this social media mix with both feet. During the hours when you are not engaged in employment for someone else you tweet out those things that have interested you or caught your eye. Those include retweet of good links as well as some of those wonderful bits of insightful wisdom. However, you seem to always be behind the curve in attracting followers and readers of your tweets and especially using that traffic to drive additional page views of your site and/or application. You realize that the times you have available to tweet is less than the optimal times for the general web browsing population. What are you to do?
Yes, you read that right – AppSumo. Sound it out and you got it. If you are still having a problem, think app as in application, like software and sumo as the big Japanese wrestler type. Now you got the name down, but are still wondering what the heck it is right? Think of it kind of like a Groupon or Daily Deals kind of site for geeks. Actually, take it on step further. Not just geeks, but specifically those of geeks that tend to support computer networks and server or even better develop/write code for them.