WordPress Upgrades

I am starting to think that I should redo my theme from scratch so I can take advantage of the sidebar widgets and also get a design made by me.  However, since that is a project I really don’t want to take on right now, I made some minor upgrades.

First were the comments.  I added a plugin so that you can subscribe to the comments of a particular thread.  This was a major shortcomming that I really didn’t think about it.  Poor usability.  One thing I noticed lately was that I stopped getting email notifications of the comments.  This is a pain in the ass.  I would have responded a bunch.  I have to figure out what is going on there. I went through the settings and tried to tighten up the screws.

Second is a RSS Feed using Feedburner.  This used a plugin too.  Truthfully, I have very little idea of how this thing works.  Check the link at the bottom of the page.  If you use a feed reader, you might be interested in the link at the bottom of the page.

I have alot of plugins working now.  A few too many to keep track of.   I am sure I will clean up one of these days.

9 replies on “WordPress Upgrades”

I signed up for Feedburner, too, but I don’t get it. Why would I click on the Feedburner subscribe magic link instead of just using the RSS icon in my Firefox address bar like I always do?

Glen – one quick security fix would be to add a blank index.html file to the plugins directory so that people can’t navigate over there & see exactly what you’ve got installed.

@Gabe: Good question. I don’t know. The whole thing is confusing me. I should probably spend more time on it and learn. I am new to feed readers in the first place. I am really concerned that none of these comments were emailed to me. What the heck?

@Rachel: Oh, I don’t mind if you see what plugins I have. I am open source. 🙂

If Options | Discussion is set to send you notice on new comments and you’re still not getting them, it is likely to be something on the back end. Check with your web host if they’ve done anything to their SMTP server that would create issues for scripts sending email.

Whatya think?