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WordPress + Akismet + Server

WordPress + Akismet + Server

One of those frustrating issues that crop up when you are on a server behind a firewall is the inability to configure Akismet in WordPress.

Instructions are simple and involve editing the akismet.php file.

Here’s how to do this properly:

You may need to modify the wp-config.php file – check with your webhost.

Irrespective of the server your host is running, you will need to edit the akismet.php file as follows:

1. find the following line (around line 117)

2. highlight all of the information between

“// Returns array with headers in $response[0] and body in $response[1]”

and

“// filter handler used to return a spam result to pre_comment_approved function akismet_result_spam( $approved ) {”

Be very careful in selecting the code – it’s easy to get that wrong! Here’s an image of the section of the akismet.php file to replace –

3. replace that section with this…

function akismet_http_post($request, $host, $path, $port = 80, $ip=null){         global $wp_version; $akismet_version = constant(‘AKISMET_VERSION’);         $args = read on ...

Essentials After Installing WordPress

Essentials After Installing WordPress

I was hunting down a solution today for a niggling issue I have with one of my WordPress sites. There’s always something to annoy you when you develop and run your own websites!

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WordPress Admin Plugins

WordPress Admin Plugins

If you’re like me, I usually only worry about user interface plugins to enrich the customer experience. But as I have so many blogs now I find it useful to look for operational efficiency on the back end. So I was glad to find this post, again by the brilliant folks at ProBlogDesign. I’ve installed a few of these now and they have made my life way easier. See if any float your boat!

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SEO and Rankings

SEO and Rankings

Finding the ‘best’ ways to get your site ranked in search engines is like a dark art in many ways …  so much advice, and much of it dated.

Today I came across these guys who seem to have cracked the jackpot for one their sites.

http://www.the42ndestate.com/how-page-rank-5-two-months/

They give some of their tips and techniques but a fair bit is missing like the intricacies of how they tweaked the Thesis theme to get the most juice from it.

Me?

SEO is not one of my strengths, I’ll admit.

Every day is a learning opportunity.

Learn a bit. Apply a bit. Learn a bit more. Apply a bit more.

At the end of the month I’m going to run a webinar asking two guys who have a solid grip on SEO for their best knowledge and ideas.

I’ll keep read on ...

WordPress: Showing Home + Static Page

WordPress: Showing Home + Static Page

Hi folks

I can’t believe how easy a solution was available for this problem, and I fixed it myself after hours of searching!

I set up a new website using WordPress. No issue. Normally when I set one of these up I just use the blog posts as the first page and never have to to encounter this problem.

However, this time I wanted to set up a Static Page as my Home Page. No biggie – WordPress has that functionality right under the hood. Go to Settings/Reading/Front Page Displays and select “static page” then choose which page you want as your new ‘home’ or front page and where you want to refer to your blog posts. Easy as.

Trouble was when I did that I ended up with both two navigation menu items highlighted as the home page. Grrr. I figured this must be a common read on ...

WordPress, Cutline, Archives and Backup!

WordPress, Cutline, Archives and Backup!

There are time online when you are not just a marketer but you become a tech-head too. Yesterday I mucked up my blog.

I had been using the Cutline theme by maestro Chris Pearson. It’s an older theme but I like it’s visual simplicity. I noticed in the Cutline Options sub-menu that you could create an Archives page easily.

I clicked the “enable archives page” in Cutline Options. Then I set up the archive page in the Pages submenu. Voila … I had an archives page.

Whoa!! Wait a minute. Now the Archives page is my default first page and I can’t figure out how to change it.  I failed to notice the little extra text underneath the ‘enable’ button that said this would make the Archives page my First Page. So no matter what I did, the Archives page hijacked my site and I couldn’t get my site to show my posts as read on ...

WordPress Security and Htaccess

WordPress Security and Htaccess

I’m always looking for ways to protect my sites after I was hacked a couple of times elsewhere. Came across these handy tips I thought I would share.

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Hosting Videos in WordPress

Hosting Videos in WordPress

Hats off to Bruce Wedding from Mexico for some brutal, “just get it done” talk on a recent WF post:

Quit screwing around and get an Amazon S3 account. There’s no money down, no monthly commitment, just pay for what you use at DIRT cheap rates. I’d be surprised if your bill is more than $1 a month. After that, produce MP4 files, upload using the S3 Organizer Add-in for Firefox, set the ACL to everybody and copy the url to the clipboard. Install the JW Player plugin for your blog and use the shortcode: [jwplayer config=”myplayer” file=”myamazonurl.com/bucket/video.mp4″]
Done.
If you want more protection, use S2Member and they have built in ways to really lockdown your videos making them impossible to share and very hard to download.

s3Can’t get much clearer than that!

Thanks Bruce. I had a similar issue about hosting videos offline when my government clients locked down access to YouTube. Now, I’m sorted.

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