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I have 56 plugins and just upgraded to WordPress 3.1

By Pieter Hartsook / February 23, 2011 / 1 Comment
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I use the Hartsook Letter blog as a testbed for WordPress themes, tools, plugins, and extensions. I need to see how these work and ferret out potential interactions among the various extensions before I recommend them for a client’s site.

wordpress logoSo when WordPress 3.1 was released today I hit the auto-update button to see what would happen

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Referrer spam, what is it, should you worry about it, and what can you do about it?

By Pieter Hartsook / December 6, 2010 / 0 Comments
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no spamI first became aware of the Referrer Spam problem after installing and using the WordPress plugin Stat Surfer. One of Stat Surfer’s statistics categories is Top Referrers. I noticed on a business-client’s site they were getting referral traffic from porn sites and other unlikely sites. Looking into why this was happening surfaced what apparently is a widespread abuse

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Don't use this Scribd plugin for iPaper docs — use Embedly instead

By Pieter Hartsook / November 18, 2010 / 0 Comments
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I wanted to display a slide show that was hosted on Scribd.com (see Mary Meeker’s slides on theBrilliant analysis of current internet marketing trends post). There is a lot of good content on Scribd that you may want to share with your audience, and it should be one of your choices in addition to SlideShare and Google Docs for

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StatSurfer – WordPress Statistics plugin

By Pieter Hartsook / November 11, 2010 / 1 Comment
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StatSurfer dashboard widget doesn’t use Google Analytics.

StatSurfer is the evolution of StatPress and StatPress Reloaded, the plugin is therefore consistent with the data of the two StatPress systems.

I like the aggregate display graph and the alternative view of the site traffic that doesn’t run through Google.

statsurferThe plugin allows you to

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Adding photos to your WordPress blog

By Pieter Hartsook / November 11, 2010 / 1 Comment
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So you want to spice up your posts with Flickr, Picasa, or iPhoto, images from your computer? You can just insert one or two using the Upload/Insert button on the post editor. But what if you want to have a dozen photos, or have your readers see them as a slide show?

Here are several ways to do it:

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Problems with WebHostingHub.com – the devil is in the details 4

Problems with WebHostingHub.com – the devil is in the details

By Pieter Hartsook / November 5, 2010 / 7 Comments
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Time for a change

I’ve been looking for a new hosting vendor. My account at GoDaddy.com is up for renewal and I think I can do  better.

Problems with WebHostingHub.com – the devil is in the details 5Also,

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