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Have You Backup Your WordPress Database Recently?

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Make sure you do so. My blog is experiencing some difficulty to access its database just now. The next thing I did once I'm able to access it -- DO BACKUP.

Whether you want to do it every day, every week or every month, be sure you put some effort to keep the data safe. I have experienced failure once (imagine losing all your posts) and I don't hope that happen again. If you are not sure how to do it, Skippy's wordpress backup plugin can do the job well. With the plugin, you can even opt to have the backup file mailed to you.

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Adjusted My WordPress Theme for Advertisements

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Just spent a little time to adjust my All Blue theme to accommodate a few advertisements. My original design failed to fit in all the standard ads units provided by Google AdSense. Widened posts section to fit in banners.

For good or for bad? If you have any concern regarding my ads placements, voice it here!

WordPress 2.2 “Getz” Available for Download

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

All WordPress users, make sure you download the latest WordPress. I did not update my WordPress for a while now, since last hiatus.

Time to upgrade! Hopefully my All Blue theme and all my plugins will work properly in 2.2.


  • WordPress Widgets allow you to easily rearrange and customize areas of your weblog (usually sidebars) with drag-and-drop simplicity. This functionality was originally available as a plugin Widgets are now included by default in the core code, significantly cleaned up, and enabled for the default themes.
  • Full Atom support, including updating our Atom feeds to use the 1.0 standard spec and including an implementation of the Atom Publishing API to complement our XML-RPC interface.
  • A new Blogger importer that is able to handle the latest version of Google’s Blogger product and seamlessly import posts and comments without any user interaction beyond entering your login.
  • Infinite comment stream, meaning that on your Edit Comments page when you delete or spam a comment using the AJAX links under each comment it will bring in another comment in the background so you always have 20 items on the page. (I know it sounds geeky, but try it!)
  • We now protect you from activating a plugin or editing a file that will break your blog.
  • Core plugin and filter speed optimizations should make everything feel a bit more snappy and lighter on your server.
  • We’ve added a hook for WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari.
  • Make WordPress Blog Mobile Friendly

    Friday, May 4th, 2007

    Since I started to browse the web with my Dopod D810 (Trinity), I feel annoyed when I come to websites that is not mobile-compatible. I will have to scroll vertically and horizontally to read an article. I think I should make my own blog mobile friendly.

    Andy Moore has a very nice WordPress Mobile Plugin. The installation steps are really simple:

    1. Download and activate the plugin.
    2. Register at AdMob to get a publisher ID for advertisement (you may skip this if you don't want extra income).
    3. Configure settings at Options > WordPress Mobile.
    4. If you would like to create post from mobile (MoBlogging), add a secret code into configuration and you will see an a link for it at your mobile site.
    5. Test your blog with mobile emulator using the original link of your blog.

    Going to look at my site from my Dopod. Enjoy.

    Robots.txt for WordPress

    Thursday, April 26th, 2007

    A simple search for "wordpress robots file" made me realize the importance of robots.txt file. Lots of people seems to be looking for a perfect robots.txt file for WordPress blogs.

    After looking at JohnTP's article, I created one that looks like this:

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /wp-content/
    Disallow: /wp-admin/
    Disallow: /wp-includes/
    Disallow: /wp-
    Disallow: /trackback/
    Disallow: /cgi-bin/

    For them who have never heard of robots.txt, it's basically a file that a web crawler would read to know what they should not crawl at your website.