Category: Web 2.0

  • How to: Automatically add a default set of Custom Fields to each post in WordPress

    One of the neat things about WordPress is how easy it is to add custom metadata to a given page or post that you can then use in a template to display structured information. I’ve been using this technique for a while now to extend the basic WordPress elements of title, body, excerpt, etc and […]

  • New site design is live (also upgraded to the latest version of WordPress – 2.5)

    In preparation for upgrading a whole mess of sites to using the latest version of WordPress I decided it was time to finally upgrade my own site and to implement the new design I’d been working on for a while (for over a year now). Check it out: Link to share this:

  • is fast again, thanks to a new and improved SQL database schema

    For quite a while, has been slow. Ever since it hit, oh, around 1.4 million items in its database (now up over 2 million) the queries that were responsible for building the home page view had gotten slower and slower. The old design The problem was one of normalization, and the desire to not […]

  • A List Apart: Articles: Conflicting Absolute Positions

    Nice article on ALA about how to create a layout using almost pure CSS where there is a fixed-width sidebar and a dynamically resizing right-hand main content area without using Javascript to dynamically resize the page. All right, class. Using CSS, kindly produce a liquid layout that contains a fixed-width, scrolling side panel and a […]

  • Web Devout

    Some excellent articles here about good web building practices. Welcome to Web Devout! This site is aimed at promoting the health of the Web by providing web developers and the public with the knowledge and tools needed to help the Web move forward. Check it out: Web Devout Thanks for the pointer, Ben. Link to […]

  • Google Gears (BETA)

    Interesting… Google Gears (BETA) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using following JavaScript APIs: Store and serve application resources locally Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database Run asynchronous Javascript to improve application responsiveness Check it out: Google Gears (BETA) Link to share this:

  • WordPress 2.2 just released!

    Looks like it’s time to upgrade again, lots of neat new features and good bug fixes in WordPress 2.2. WordPress Blog – WordPress 2.2 Download WordPress 2.2 now. Link to share this:

  • ScobleShow: Videoblog about geeks, technology, and developers – Read it at

    The ScobleShow is the 700th feed added to Congratulations, Scoble! Check it out: ScobleShow: Videoblog about geeks, technology, and developers – Read it at P.S. Support for displaying podcast enclosures is probably going to be coming soon so you’ll be able to play or download non-embedded audio and video podcast files directly in […]

  • Adding new feeds to is working again

    I’ve fixed it so that adding feeds to should work again now. There was a small flaw in the logic for adding the feeds that I hadn’t caught. All fixed now. So far there have been almost 130,000 total items retrieved from almost 700 feeds since it the site launched in December. Check it […]

  • The secret to getting your website featured on the frontpage of

    If you’ve ever tried to get your website featured on the front page of a site like digg, reddit, or Slashdot you might have felt frustration when you didn’t get the right number of votes to make it. There is a site called that will automatically put your website’s content directly on its homepage. […]

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