The First 2009 Update

Yeah, I know the last post on this blog was in August of 2008, which was nearly a year ago. I got bored today so decided to update this blog for all you loyal subscribers out there, all eight of you (you know who you are).

This wasn’t the only blog that I left dormant. My other (much more popular) blog, Theme Lab, was also void of any updates for several months. I recently revived it and picked up where I left off. I think I’m pretty lucky to have amassed such a loyal group of subscribers.

So anyway, here’s what I’ve done today to the blog here at Leland.info:

  • Upgraded to WordPress 2.7.1
  • Upgraded a number of plugins (pretty easy nowadays)
  • Changed the theme from Monochromatic to this
  • Added a nice widgetized footer

That’s about it. I may update this blog in the future, I may not. I don’t really know as I don’t keep track of it much.

Experimenting With WordPress Child Themes

I have a lot of experience in coding good old fashioned WordPress themes, but I’ve never really delved into the prospect of working with “child” themes.

After reading countless blog posts by Justin Tadlock and Ian Stewart about how great WordPress child themes are, I decided to give it a shot. Continue reading “Experimenting With WordPress Child Themes”

Cuil Sucks

Cuil (pronounced “cool”) is supposed to be the hot new search engine on the block, created by ex-Google engineers. Let me tell you right now, it sucks – so far at least. Just search anything, anything at all, look at the results, and you’ll see what I mean. A search for “Leland.info” returns a bunch of old stale links, which by the way have nothing to do with this site. I honestly hope they can improve though. I like the idea of ranking pages based on content relevancy only, and not “superficial” factors like incoming links.

Google PageRank Update

Matt Cutts recently announced that toolbar PageRanks were to be updated. I honestly don’t get what the big deal is with PageRank. Webmasters go absolutely crazy over it.

There is a big difference between toolbar PageRank and “internal” PageRank. Toolbar PageRank is public data, updated once every few months or so. Internal PageRank, used by Google themselves, is constantly updated. This is a floating point number (such as 5.234234). Mere mortals like me can’t see that.

A number from 0 (the worst) to 10 (godly) is assigned to a page according to the quantity and quality of links pointing to that page.

It’s just one of many factors that go into ranking pages in Google. Shouldn’t webmasters be more concerned about the daily fluctuations of Google’s search results than a (mostly) meaningless number that’s pushed out every 3-4 months?

Blog Is Now Running WordPress 2.6

It seems like just yesterday I upgraded to 2.5.1 (even though it was over a month ago). There’s not really much difference. A few things I noticed right after upgrading:

  • Word count on the write menu
  • “Bubble” for outdated plugins

It was a relatively painless upgrade for this blog, especially since I don’t have that many plugins that I’d have to keep up with too.