Pushing it forward

This is another update on the progress of the theme change, which turned out to be slightly more than that.  I am also going through the plugins used on the site, adding stuff, removing stuff, fixing annoyances, and doing all those small things I wanted to do for some time now.

Latest changes:

  • When you search for something now, the search terms are highlighted in the results.  The same is true if you came to this blog from the search engine results.
  • SPAM Karma 2 plugin was replaced with Akismet.  SK2 got a bit clumsy and went a bit out of control, eating comments, forgetting to notify me of things, and getting a bit heavy on the administration side.  Akismet on the other hand is a pretty light and simple thing.  And since I already have an API key, there is no good reason not to use it. I’ve been more than happy on how it worked for my WordPress.com blogs.
  • Also added WordPress.com stats plugin which provides a better and up-to-date overview of who is coming here and what you guys are reading here.  Google Analytics is used as well.  Hopefully that’s not too much of a drag together.

I was surprised to find out that there were some legitimate comments in moderation queue – some of them were posted ages ago and I never got them approved or replied.  Hopefully that won’t happen again.

Other than that, I’m really enjoying the new look and feel of the site.  Also, I’ll try to use images a bit more often in the posts (one per post or something like that).  Text-only stuff starts to look boring.

4 thoughts on “Pushing it forward”

  1. I think the new look is quite nice in general.

    Whats with the pooch in the banner… and maybe that tree stump could’ve been cropped out…

    Thanks for the link to spam comments plugin I think i should have a look at that one as well.

    You might want to consider adding a recent comments plugin (if you haven’t already).

  2. Sanjay,

    Indeed! This subscribe to email feature works wonders. I recently blogged about it, but only after that realized that I should add it to my site too.

    I didn’t need the recent comments plugin with the previous rate of comments coming in (like 1 per month). But now it’s much more active, so, yes, I’ll add it to the sidebar too.

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