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GWB | Minor Site Update

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:11:05 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2009/11/16/136331.aspx

(image) Last week I deployed a small update to Geekswithblogs.net based on a blogger suggestion to get the last version of the Admin Blog Editor’s input control on the server so he could do some cool stuff he wanted to with syntax.  I published that update and then fixed some of the annoying CSS issues we had on the server side to make it a little cleaner looking UI.  I need to do more work for sure, but I fixed the majority of the issues.

Another area I put some time into was the long standing request for allowing users to control the number of tweets that show on their blog (with a cap of 10).  I have noticed a few registered bloggers add themselves for the SEO and twitter integration only, so pushing more than 10 would probably prolong this issue.  You also have the ability now to say “Do Not Show” and the twitter widget will not show, but your tweets will still remain part of the community feed. 

Idea Request

Beyond just showing the latest tweets from the community, how would you like to interact with this data?  What else would you like, what would be beneficial for you to see?

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GWB | Numerous Test Post Annoyances

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 14:10:49 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2009/11/02/135947.aspx

Seriously why do new bloggers insist on placing a test post with the word “test” as the entire body?  This is just a weird concept to me.  Please stop.  No one wants to see you introduced to a community as “test”.  Rather we would like to see you say, “Hi, this is my first post.  My name is [Insert Name] and I am [Insert Interests and Bio]”.  This is a blog community so why not try out a blog post for a test?

Anyway, I am very sorry for the number of test posts we have been receiving lately.  I will add to the list of site updates some verbiage about what to post and what not to post to the registration email.

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GWB | Now with shorter domains (wblo.gs or geekswithblo.gs)

Fri, 26 Jun 2009 20:39:39 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2009/06/26/133083.aspx

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With the popularity of twitter growing, we wanted to enable users to have the possibility to have a shorter URL for posting.  To complete the idea, we purchased http://wblo.gs and http://geekswithblo.gs, and you can selected which ever you prefer.  Once the request is made it will be redirected to the page under that http://geekswithblogs.net domain, but it will shortcut the amount of characters needed.  Here are some examples:

I hope you enjoy these additions.   Photo was taken by me on 6/25/2009 at 5:00am while I was waiting on @clinted to wake up.  He forgot to set his alarm.

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WLW, GWB, SubText - Images Upload Directly

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 20:37:29 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2007/04/20/111833.aspx

With Windows Live Writer, there is no more need for Flickr, or hand rolling galleries to get pictures in your posts.  If you have a post and you want to add a picture from your hard drive to it, just drag it on and publish.  Metablogger and SubText will take care of the rest.

Don't believe me?  Check it out below:

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Brandon can't get away from computers!

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Geekswithblogs Search Provider | Thanks Lance!

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 12:32:50 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2009/06/18/132898.aspx

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I first need to start this post with a thank you to Lance Robinson for submit all the required work and the idea of a Geekswithblogs.net search provider.   Now when you visit the Geekswithblogs.net Homepage, if you drop down your search providers list you will see a “Geekswithblogs” listing as well as a highlighted link to add the Geekswithblogs search provider to your browser.  With this, you then can use the Geekswithblogs search for finding answers to the questions you have. 

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Our search is powered by Bing, but it is pretty much the same result set Live Search would give for our entire site.  We still need to review what the changes in the Bing API would do for our integration with the search engine and how we would display that information.

 

Please remember at any point you have an idea on how we can change Geekswithblogs.net, please email us and let us know what is on your mind.

 

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GWB | Sorry about the outage this morning

Sat, 06 Jun 2009 11:56:35 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2009/06/06/132658.aspx

It looks like someone (probably search engine bots) were a little more excited with these servers than they were with the last and made over 10,000 requests in a minute, causing IIS to shut down.  I up-ed the limit and am going to keep an eye on concurrent connections for awhile.  If you see any issues with GWB, please @jjulian message me on Twitter or email me at jjulian AT geekswithblogs.com.  Thanks!!!! (image)



Geekswithblogs.net 3.0 is now available!

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 12:37:27 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2008/10/22/126004.aspx

(image) Wow, that took a long time but it is finally ready.  This morning I released the Geekswithblogs.net 3.0 will all the new features we could finish before PDC 2008.  This is definitely not the end of 3.0 features, but it needed to get out the door.  The first change you will notice is the GREEN MONSTER has been replaced.  This theme has been in the works since the springtime as most of you with shirts know. 

Keep an eye on this blog and the tutorials section of the site throughout this week so you can learn how to take advantage of the new features.  The #1 tip I can give you right now is to make sure you tag your posts with common tags to ensure you are part of the new community tags pages and feeds.

List of new features and fixes:

Please let us know what you think and definitely leave us support tickets for any issues you spot.  Back to monitoring the servers to make sure we didn’t mess optimization up, more to come…

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_geeksWithBlogs.Comments | Get me your screenshots and errors

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 14:51:44 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2008/08/01/124178.aspx

(image) OK, I have heard you loud and clear, the comments suck in SubText and on Geekswithblogs.net.  I agree, but I don't have near as many problems with people being able to comment as others do.  This leads me to believe the problems lay in two places, the skins or the custom HTML code fields. 

Most of the time when I am debugging a blogger with comment problems they are due to some javascript they have embedded into the news section of their blog.  However, this is a problem so we need to get it fixed so I need you (bloggers and readers) to comment and if you can't get it to work on the various blogs and skins, email a screenshot of the error to support@geekswithblogs.com. 

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GWB | Homepage "Read More" Implemented

Fri, 01 Feb 2008 04:38:02 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2008/01/31/119168.aspx

After popular demand, we finally implemented "Read More" on the Geekswithblogs.net homepage.  If you have concerns or thanks, please let me know via comments.  I think the homepage is definitely easier to navigate now. (image)



Geekswithblogs | Google Analytics for Members

Mon, 14 Jan 2008 16:21:41 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2008/01/14/118527.aspx

(image) We track statistics and demographics for Geekswithblogs.net using Google Analytics and I am very impressed with this product.  However, due to the nature of our blog system, several bloggers want to track their information independently as well.  To make this happen, I used a modification to the original Urchin code Google offered, but that recently quit working as they upgraded the codes they offer.  So the upgrade of codes will most likely cause you to upgrade your code. 

Here are the steps to do it:

  • Via Google Analytics, log in an this should redirect you to the homepage
  • Find your site in the grid and click Edit
  • In the top right corner of the active content on the page, click Check Status
  • Click the New Tracking Code header

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  • Copy the code into Notepad from this results textbox

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  • Remove the first script section as the site is already configured to load this.
  • Copy the remaining javascript and place it in your News section
  • Wait roughly 24 hours and Google Analytics will start collecting data.

If you are still having problems, please let me know via support and I will work with you to solve them.

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