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Tim Longhurst’s Blog – Behind the Scenes

October 2nd, 2007 · 3 Comments

As part of Blogtober I have decided to make a quick post on how this blog comes together.

There are three elements I’ll focus on: the software, the advertising and the page counter.

SOFTWARE: Wordpress
Wordpress is an open source blogging application that sits on the web – that is, it’s installed on my server and I can therefore post to it from anywhere with an internet connection. I chose Wordpress because when I compared blogging software, Wordpress seemed like the best fit. I’ve found it to be an excellent product and I’d recommend it to anyone.

ADVERTISING: Google Adwords
As a seasoned cynic of corporate controlled media and commercial messaging, having ads on my blog feels controversial. The main reason I host ads is because I believe Google will index your website more often if you host Google Adwords. I have no hard evidence of this, and Google aren’t likely to officially admit to that, but back in the days when my website wasn’t showing up on Google searches at all, I decided it was worth a shot. These days my site indexes really well on Google, and I’m reluctant to remove the ads because I think they’re part of the reason people discover this site in the first place. Also, although my income from ads is modest, it does cover my website hosting costs, which is a good deal for me.

PAGE COUNTER: Sitemeter
I started using Sitemeter over a year ago and whilst it is nowhere near as sophisticated as other counters, it gives me an idea of what articles are showing up in search engine requests and how many people are checking out the blog. You can see my blog’s stats here. Back when I was posting on a regular basis I would average 400 visits a week, but these days it’s a little below 200. I suspect Blogtober might bump the stats up a little… Time will tell.

Well, this concludes my behind the scenes blog tour. If you think I’ve left things out or you have a question about the blog, post a comment.

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Blogtober

September 28th, 2007 · No Comments

I have decided to blog more than I have ever blogged before in October 2007. Let’s see how I go.

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Moving from Joomla to WordPress

July 25th, 2007 · 13 Comments

I’ve just moved most of my website content from the Joomla! content management system to the Word Press blogging platform. Both are Open Source projects, which I think is the main reason the migration was so painless.

All said it took an afternoon, but I am really impressed by how easy the migration has been, thanks largely to these six steps at rangit.com.

Additionally, when I needed to clean up my MySQL database, instructions on how to execute a find and replace in PHPmyAdmin came to the rescue – thanks to Chingali.

So I got all the coaching I needed to make the move myself – thanks to a couple of bloggers I’ll probably never meet. That’s the power of an open web.

The move will mean one big change – comments are now welcome across blog posts. Enjoy!

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Welcome to Tim Longhurst’s Blog – built with WordPress

July 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Welcome to my new blog. I’m building it using WordPress blogging software because it’s as sophisticated as I need and best of all, it’s open source.

I used OJR’s Blog Software Comparison Chart to confirm my decision and compare the differences in different products. Ultimately I chose Word Press because it’s tried, tested and free.

The main reason I have chosen to move to WordPress is because it has bothered me for a long time that my blog hasn’t allowed user participation. I’m looking forward to reading comments from users, and I hope that this site triggers great discussion along the way.

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Upgrade to site occuring LIVE!

July 27th, 2005 · No Comments

That’s right… this site is getting an update over the next few days and you can watch live. Don’t mind the fact that all the menu items to the left are jumbled, that’s just part of the fun!

You can still contact me here.

If you’re looking for a particular story, the search feature (above) is your best bet.

Please forgive the awful mess.

Cheers,

Tim

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