I was bit late to realize this, but after the recent WP upgrade to 2.1 there has been few hiccups with the UTW plugin (specifically release 3.141592 , that I use). The UTW tags would just vanish whenever a new comment was being posted or when you try to edit the post. Fortunately, there is a cool fix available till a new release of UTW comes out.
Every product has a life cycle. When WordPress gained popularity it looked as if Blogger.com would be confined to history. Many who were stuck with Blogger solely because they weren’t interesting spending bucks on maintaining an online identity, with the hosted solution WordPress snatched a major share of users from Blogger.com’s pie. But to the misfortune of WordPress Blogger.com evolved, the new Blogger.com is probably everything people vied for and with Blogger.com now offering free hosted solution with your own domains it was clear that difficult days are ahead for WordPress. Today a Google search for “WordPress to Blogger” won’t return you empty handed. Astounding it may sound, but many are actually considering migration to Blogger.com, apart from the usual allegations of WordPress being slow they have been tired of limitations such as not being able to tweak the theme code, or put their advertisement among other things.
It may or may not be for the love of Blogger, all of us need a change, probably the reason we keep on changing our templates and themes so often. When Logahead came people immediately started touting it as a replacement of WordPress until the poor chap has to proclaim himself. Logahead wasn’t too superior a blogware but it did show a novel way to do things, for example getting rid of the cumbersome Admin console of WordPress an the AJAX way to effortlessly deploy widgets. If you ask me the refined UNU version of Logahead is far more superior to the original and can give a competition to the Goliath.
The craving for the much needed change did not spare the creators of WordPress either it seems now. WordPress was slated as the “ultimate blogware” but the core team of WordPress comprising of Chris Davis, Khaled, Michael (the Kubrick creator) has now left WordPress and are working on the nextgen open-source blogware termed as Habari, a Swahili word for “What’s up”. Habari would not be forked from WordPress (WordPress was based upon B-2), it’s been written from the scratch and would sue the most modern technologies such as PHP 5 (and PHP Data Objects), Habari code would be Object Oriented and Database independent.
The creator of WordPress Matt modestly wrote that Habari would probably be Drupal meets Serendipity. He not only pledged his support for the initiative but also offered his servers. Despite of this the unrest in the WP camp is quite noticeable. Some said that this is the outcome of politics of people pissed off from not getting appointed at Automattic. Habari’s Skippy clarified this wasn’t so but wasn’t wary of terming the spam-prevention capability of WordPress as Band-Aid code. The Habari team is hopeful of cutting a relapse before 6 months and yes this will have the capability of “importing from WordPress”. Owen on the other hand said that there are no hard feelings and he would continue to be with WordPress as well.
Right now the only blog running on Habari is Chris’s, it might not seem too different but the team claims it would be fast and modern. Habari may be used with other databases as well, apart from MySQL. I wonder how popular it would be until they go for a hosted solution. If you ask people like me, who pay for their hosting, PHP 5 is not what my Hosting service would provide in near future and even I would be wary of going for it, it might break my other applications. yet I am excited by the fact that Habari is talking of community and using new things once in a while is so much better.
Feedburner is splendid, despite the intermittent session timeouts on its website. Yet I was bit apprehensive about it, the fear of handing over “the control” to them. However, after moving this blog from JRoller to my own hosting I regretted this hesitation. This change shouldn’t have made any difference to this blog’s feed subscribers.
When I switched to WordPress, I learnt that it provides many flavours of feed including RSS, TDF and Atom. It is awesome but confusing, because you never get to know, exactly how many people are actually reading your blog through newsreaders.
Recently, it occurred to me that somebody must have thought about it before and I just Googled and quite easily stumbled upon this amazing plugin from OrderedList. It’s called the “Feedburner Plugin” and it simply helps you divert all your WordPress feed subscribers to your Feedburner feed. Yes, it really routes all of them, whether they use your blog’s Atom or RSS feed; even the comment feeds could be routed this way. The best part of all this, your readers do not even get to know about this. Steve, you rock!
For the blog owner it is a myriad of benefits. Not only do you get to keep track of your readers, proudly flash the count (even if it’s peanuts) and analyze the feed usage, you get benefit of all the Feedburner featurettes, like the “Feed Via Email” feature that probably ends the need for separate service like FeedBlitz. Feedburner now has an interesting lineup of features under one roof, there are BuzzBoost & Headline Animator that lest you display latest blog headlines on any other site, Pinging service, feed analysis and so on. You may password protect your feed and can even make money from it. There are host of others, including “paid” ones like SmartCast for podcasters. Fabulous!
Look for the Feed Icon in the newly added Subscribe section below, that’s the fruit of this labour apart from this post.