Wordpress 2.3 Beta1

So, a new developmental version of WordPress was released last night. Being the sucker that I am, I went ahead and upgraded to WordPress 2.3 Beta1, and to my surprise, everything installed without any problems at all.

I haven’t seen a full list of all that’s been changed in this version, but based on my limited usage of it in the past half hour I can tell you about two of the updates that will make the most impact:

  1. Tags. Posts now support tags without the use of a third-party plugin.
  2. Plugin Version checking. When you’re managing your plugins, you’ll now be able to see if a newer version of it is available (assuming it supports update checking).

According to the announcement, this version also include “faster JavaScript” and “SEO-friendly URL redirection”.

All in all, it seems pretty stable so far. So, if you do decide to upgrade, know that it’s not a full release, and you’re bound to run into problems. Make sure you backup any WordPress-related site files and database beforehand. Deactivate all plugins. Then upgrade. Reactivate your plugins one by one checking to make sure none of them break your site…

Conduct

So the idea of a blogger code of conduct is being tossed around… My first thought after reading it was “You’re kidding me, right? This is the Internet and trolls aren’t going away anytime soon.” Greg Storey’s response to it is the best I’ve seen so far…

You’re on my site and these are my thoughts. I do not moderate comments, except in the event where someone has posted spam, obscene messages, hate speech, etc. that has somehow made it through Spam Karma, Bad Behavior and Akismet. If a comment is posted that I find objectionable, I will delete the comment and take steps to make sure you can’t comment here again. I’m not going to write something inflammatory about other bloggers, coworkers, clients, etc. on my site because it’s common sense not to do so. I am responsible for what I write online, and I know that.

I don’t think a Blogger’s Code of Conduct is a terrible and/or outlandish idea, but it’s completely unnecessary.

What do you think about the Blogger’s Code of Conduct? Is it necessary? Will you subscribe to its policies on your site?

Blogger: 001 Broken Pipe

I’ve got my fingers crossed right now, but I think I finally figured out what was going wrong with Blogger and it’s ability to publish my blog. It was choking on the MeasureMap script I had to incorporate into my template. I figured this out first by copying the modified template I had setup, and choosing one of the pre-built templates Blogger provides. My site published without a hitch. I then took a look at the MeasureMap code and saw that it was wrapped in its own <Blogger>...</Blogger> tags. I think this was the issue… I removed those… and incorporated the script elements designated within the <ItemPage>...</ItemPage> tags with stuff I already had to have on the ItemPage and tried to publish. Presto! I can publish again. It’s rather odd that this was an issue… but I figure that Blogger was having problems rendering out the pages because of the way my code was setup.

It looks like, for the time being anyway, I will remain using Blogger… but I am still looking for a viable alternative that utilizes ColdFusion, ASP or .Net and won’t affect what I have on the site too much…

Changes Coming

I thought my issues with Blogger were over. They aren’t. I’m still getting Broken Pipeline errors when I try to publish. I got no response from Blogger. I guess this is to be expected from such a big company… especially one offering free applications.

After evaluating several blog applications, I have decided to make the switch over to MovableTypeWordPress. I’ll be working on migrating my existing content over to the new blog app in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned…