Archive for the ‘WordPress’ Category

New website for First Church of Christ, Scientist – Orinda, California is now up! Jan 8 2007

Screenshot of new Orinda Christian Science church website

This is a site that we’ve been working on for a while for the Christian Science church in Orinda, California.

Check it out and feel free to visit them sometime if you’re ever in the area.

First Church of Christ, Scientist – Orinda, California – Welcome to our healing church

It’s powered by WordPress, of course.

WordPress 2.0.5 – Ronan – new release that also includes important security fixes Oct 28 2006

And to think, I was just browsing the WordPress Trac repository earlier today looking at their sweet upgrade scripts in /wp-admin/.

Time to upgrade our sites. There are a lot of them. We love WordPress.

It’s new release time. The latest in our venerable 2.0 series, which now counts over 1.2 million downloads, is available for download immediately, and we suggest everyone upgrade as this includes security fixes. We’re breaking the tradition of naming releases after jazz musicians to congratulate Ryan Boren on his new son (and first WP baby) Ronan.

What’s new? We have about 50 or so bugfixes, which you can review on our dev tracker here, mostly minor bug fixes around feeds, custom fields, and internationalization. If you’d like a nitty-gritty view, check out Mark’s blog post on the changes.

Development Blog – WordPress 2.0.5 – Ronan

Download the latest version of WordPress now (2.0.5)

WordPress MU 1.0 is released! Oct 28 2006

I’ll be upgrading and Share the Practice with this new release… We should also do Niner Blogs as well, come to think of it.

WordPress MU is an official branch of WordPress that is designed for managing and hosting thousands of blogs instead of just one. It’s the software that powers, for example. MU has been in heavy development for about a year now, and we’ve finally polished it up to a place where we feel like it’s ready for public consumption. Since setup is a bit more complex than the 5-minute install of regular WordPress, MU is best suited for a more server-savvy audience. You can download it on the WordPress MU site.

Development Blog – MU 1.0 and bbPress

Katanaa – Forging sharp web apps Jul 19 2006

Finally launched our new site tonight. Still probably needs testing in IE though it’s looking sharp in Safari and Firefox on Mac.

New Katanaa homepage

Welcome to Katanaa – we make custom web applications

Welcome to Katanaa. We are a custom web application software development company. We specialize in creating easy-to-use applications that solve real-world problems.

No problem is too big or small. We will customize an approach that meets your needs.

Contact us today if you need help with developing a web application.

We built the site using WordPress, of course.

Visit Katanaa – Forging sharp web apps

Cleaning out WPMU Splogger spammers like the friendly folk and Apr 4 2006

The friendly folk who own the and domains are spammers who’ve been registering on one of my WordPress Multi-User installations and creating automated splogs (spam blogs).

I just deleted over 300 of their sites. They are like kudzu.

Things that might help if your site is getting spammed by someone like this:

  1. Block the IPs that they are using. In this case, they have been using 3 IP addresses:

    I blocked them using cPanel’s IP Block manager function, but you could also do it with an Apache .htaccess file.

  2. Delete all the spam blogs that have been created. Go to Site Admin > Blogs to delete them.
  3. Delete all the users that now have no blogs associated and that have the common spammer email address.

You have to kill splogs dead. This is a major issue for people who run WordPress MU installations.

Bookadoodle is now live – yay! Mar 4 2006

Bookadoodle header graphic

Well, I finally got the new WordPress theme for Bookadoodle finished and uploaded. The rooster logo was designed by Sara who also suggested the fun name and encouraged us to build out the concept. Content-wise, it is still a young blog, but, uh, check out the cool roundy corners! Yay! 🙂

Books are great. We love books. This site is for you if you love books … reading books, writing books, or just sharing your latest favorite reads.


WordPress 2.0 theme – WP-Andreas09 Jan 7 2006 – WP-Andreas09

WP-Andreas09 is my WordPress port of an open source template by Andreas Viklund called andreas09. WP-Andreas09 is a full width, 3 column theme with a fluid central column and it comes in 6 different colours that can be changed from within your WordPress Admin Options Panel.

Might have to add this to our Free Blog hosting service –

Blog Network List :: The Comprehensive Blog Network Rankings Dec 15 2005

Niner Niner is ranked #39 out of 64 blog networks. We have 223 writers and a platform that is flexible and has scaled really well so far, based on a bunch of custom PHP scripts and the ever so awesome WordPress platform.

Kind of neat to see that someone thinks that it’s worth $217,386.00. How they came up with that number exactly, I’m not sure. But cool nonetheless.

Network Name: Niner Niner Weblog Network [Visit]
Network Size: 21
Network Index Score: 34.2222
Network Overall Rank: 39
Value: $217,386
Average Value: $10,352
Technorati Rank: 2,865,362
Average Technorati Rank: 136,446
Technorati Links: 4,187
Average Technorati Links: 199
Technorati Blogs Linking: 385
Average Technorati Blogs Linking: 18
Alexa Traffic Rank: 0
Average Alexa Traffic Rank: 0
Yahoo Pages Indexed: 3,816
Average Yahoo Pages Indexed: 182
Yahoo Inlinks: 56,959
Average Yahoo Inlinks: 2,712
Google Backlinks 4,237
Average Google Backlinks 202
Total Google Pages Indexed 2,695
Average Google Pages Indexed 128
Total MSN Search Pages Indexed 6,051
Average MSN Search Pages Indexed 288
Total MSN Search Links: 50,524
Average MSN Search Links: 2,406
Date Added to Blog Network List: 2005-11-20
Stats last updated: 2005-12-15

Blog Network List :: The Comprehensive Blog Network Rankings

Update about the $ valuation number:

Where does this value number come from anyways?

The current blog “value” amount is based on work done earlier by the Business Opportunities Weblog and Tristian Louis. The numbers are based on a valuation of the Weblogs, Inc. acquisition by AOL. We don’t put much weight in it, but it’s fun to play with.

ContentVote weblog – ContentVote beta version now live Dec 14 2005

ContentVote weblog – ContentVote beta version now live

ContentVote beta version now live

Today has released its beta version. From now on, any website or weblog which wants useful opinions about its own items and posts, can use If you have any suggestions for us to enhance the site, please let us know.

Blog-o-Matic Developers Blog – How to: Fix your WPMU .htaccess file to enable comments and images (problems with the wpmu-2005-11-25 nightly build) Nov 28 2005

Cross-posting this. Oh yeah, and I’m on the dev team at Blog-o-Matic. And our new homepage is up. If you want to help us test the system (we’ve been wrestling with the gnarly WordPress MU unstable nightlies (fun fun fun, can you say RewriteRules 🙂 )) then please feel free to sign up and give it a whirl.

Free blog signup:

Blog-o-Matic Developers Blog – How to: Fix your WPMU .htaccess file to enable comments and images (problems with the wpmu-2005-11-25 nightly build)

So, We fixed both comments and images. It was a problem with the included htaccess.dist file.

This HOWTO assumes that you:

1. Have successfully installed the latest nightly build of WPMU (as of this writing, the wpmu-2005-11-25 nightly build)
2. Have installed using the Virtual Hosts option and can create new blogs, enter posts, etc…
3. Don’t have comments or images working correctly

Here are the steps to fix this in the current nightly build of WPMU:

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