The Forever Login with WordPress

I don’t like logging into my own WordPress sites over and over again. I really don’t like being logged out when I’ve been logged in for hours, or was just logged in a few hours ago, or yesterday. Ideally, WordPress core or JetPack, would refresh the login each time you log in. Instead it is set at every 14 days (so I’ve read).

Out of irritation with the system, I have found a list of plugins which can (I’m only picking one to try so I won’t guarantee them all) keep you logged in. Or, at least let you choose when you are logged out. Some of these plugins are geared for site users, which means anyone registered for your site.

Remember Me – The focus is on keeping the “remember me” option checked, without leaving it for users to… remember to do. There are no screenshots for this plugin and it was adopted by another developer fairly recently. So, I’m not sure this is entirely reliable or just what I want. However, it does have the most recent update.

Remember Me Controls – This is the plugin I’m going to use. It’s simple and leaves me the option to set it or leave things as they are. The plugin developer has a lot of other plugins. There is a screenshot so I know what to expect when I activate the plugin. Overall, it looks like it will work and if I do have a plugin clash or some other problem, the developer is available and seems experienced.

WordPress Persistent Login – This one I’m not sure about trying because there is no set up. Seems there should be something more to it than that. But, it does say the login will not expire at all (unless users choose to actually log out).

Older Plugins – Over one year since last updated.

configure-login-timeout – Another old plugin but this one lets you set the time period for the standard or “remember me” login.

WP Keep Me Logged In – The oldest of the plugins. Will keep you logged in for one year.

A New Feature for PressThis?

pressthisideaSource: WordPress › Support » PressThis Feature: Choose Which Post

This is my suggestion. Probably posted to the wrong place. I never seem to find the same place twice in the WordPress forums.

I think it’s a brilliant idea, of course. I really would be a nice way to build up a post – without having to return to the admin screen on your site every time you just need to add a link, or an extra editorial. Or an image from your computer too.

Will see if it gets any notice.

Web Rings are not All Dead

I have found:

Webring Software

Ringlink software available at SourceForge.

Ringmaker software at Orca PHP Scripts.

Draupnir Ring Manager for WordPress sites.

Webrings for Writers

I’m not sure how active these are but it gives me hope. All the others I checked which were on web applications were abandoned, dead or not functioning. At least this proves it can still work. Webring.com and Ringsurf haven’t managed to entirely kill every last webring.

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Drinker with a Writing Problem 

Put a Time Machine into WordPress

I like having old posts show up in my sidebar. I know about the evergreen theory where posts should never get stale, seasonal, etc. I just don’t agree with it.

I’ve been using the Time Machine plugin for several years. It sets up and works without much fuss. You can forget all about it there among your widgets.

Of course, there are other plugins for the same idea of looking back a year into your site’s life. I’ve put together a list for you to explore. (At this point the only one I can personally recommend is Time Machine).

Content Curation Works with WordPress (Free Even)

I’m using a few plugins I especially like for content curating in my WordPress sites. I had been working (and still am) with web based content curation but I would rather put all that time and content into my own sites than another. (You never know when one of those sites will make big changes, like closing down entirely). One of the projects I’m working on is to focus and sort my RSS feeds. I had over 1,000 but it is down to almost 300 now. That helps with finding content I want to post more about.

Other than testing RSS feed readers, I’ve been trying every content curation WordPress plugin I can find. Some have been trouble, some just didn’t have enough. But, one has been exceptional!

  • PressForward – A lot of features. Don’t judge by looks – this is a stand alone content curation system for WordPress. It’s also free and I have not found any problems running it several months now. In addition to the bookmarklet for nominating links you can create a post around later – you can collect feeds and read them from your own site and create posts around whatever turns up in the list. I continue to find more ways to use this plugin as I spend time working with it.
  • Link Roundups – A simple form of content curation. Created to collect links for roundup posts but you can use the bookmarklet to save links, add them to a post and do what you like from there.
  • PressThis – You can find this in WordPress. No plugin is needed. But, PressForward has additional features.

I’ve begun trying Curated Search. The features look great but I haven’t given it the test of time yet.

What have you tested and found to be great for content curation in WordPress?

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Using Nulled Plugins and Themes

I hadn’t heard of nulled plugins and themes, as a phrase. I do sometimes look at plugins and themes beyond those offered on WordPress.org. I like shopping for plugins. I especially like trying them out and seeing if they magically make blogging easier in some way. Most don’t do what I hoped they would do. Some don’t even start once they are activated. Some give errors and won’t even load. Some load and activate but then I can’t find the plugin settings on my dashboard.

Some aren’t free.

Some plugins and themes come with a catch, hidden at times. This is what is meant about the risk in using nulled plugins or themes. You may be importing extra code to your site which is active behind the scenes. You may be advertising another site, for free. Or, you could be running a harmful code which will seem to originate from your site (and it may because you took a risk on a plugin or theme).

I will not say you should stick to the WordPress Plugin Directory 100% of the time. I don’t plan to. But, know there is a risk and don’t load up any theme or plugin without finding out how it works, what it does and what others have said about it.

It is really hard to resist when you see those premium plugins and themes available for free. The catch is that those freely available nulled premium plugins and themes are not actually free; they take your website as the payment. To put it simply, these nulled plugins and themes often contain malicious code which can do all sorts of things like redirecting users to other website(s), injecting links, creating backdoors, spamming other users, etc. In the worst case scenario, this malicious code in the nulled plugins or themes can effectively take down your website or blog.

The moral is, never use nulled plugins and themes. If you want to install a plugin or theme (be it free or premium), only download and install that plugin or theme from a reputable source like the developer’s website or WordPress repository. If you have already installed a couple of plugins or themes and want to test them for any malicious code, you can use Theme Authenticity Checker to check the plugins and themes.

Source: Make Tech Easier

Why is Canadian English unique?

Why is Canadian English neither US or UK English? Even the Canadian language version of WordPress seems to be just a modified UK English – it gets Canadian English wrong.

Canadians understand not being included in many versions of languages but… it does seem sloppy to create a Canadian version as if we spell words the same as people in the UK. We don’t.

BBC – Culture – Why is Canadian English unique?

BBC – Culture – Why is Canadian English unique?.

Entitled to Free WordPress Plugin Support

I don’t agree with people who post, expecting WordPress plugin developers to give free support for free plugins. I know people in the community say WordPress is free and a lot of the community contributes their time to support it in forums, plugins and themes. But… the days of the free Internet are gone and WordPress is kept free because people have found ways to keep it free and available to everyone. I don’t think everyone understands this. Too many expect everything connected with WordPress should be free, freely given and supported.

This is what I wrote today in one of the plugin support forums. The post I replied to wasn’t too ranty but I don’t think it was fair. Also, consider more than feeling entitled to free help, consider the source and think about how sustainable all that will be in the long run if we don’t support the developers of WordPress core, themes and plugins as we expect them to support us.
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I’m not adding the link but it wouldn’t be hard to find if you felt you must. I don’t want to make this about the individual plugin or developer when it’s really about the WordPress community, all of us.

LiveJournal Wants to Get Noticed Again

livejournal1Do you know LiveJournal? Do you remember the early years, before weblogs (blogs), when they were called online journals or diaries? LiveJournal started out then. It wasn’t the only one. Not much is left from the online journal days. Not many of the sites are still around, few of the networks lasted this long. Blogs became the new thing and online journals just didn’t endure as it became popular to splog rather than write something personal.

Ironic that the splogging has devolved and the personal touch is now considered marketable.

There are still WordPress plugins for LiveJournal crossposting and importing within WordPress. But, there are only three, not a lot of selection but they have all been updated in 2014. Not a lot of dust collecting on them so far.

I like LiveJournal. Not just because we have a history together, though I’ve been forgetting to check in very much. LiveJournal has staying power. LiveJournal has new features and wants to pick up and grow again. Instead of falling into the easy path of marketing to users of their site they want to get inventive, try something new, a different approach to making money while providing a web service people will actually come back to use.

Not many people online now will remember the days of sending virtual gifts. You can do that on LiveJournal, inside the community there. Sure you can easily send anyone an image file through email, but there is something nice about a gift you picked out, paid a bit for and then sent along. A gift with intentions rather than just a gift out of impulse. I think we are lacking that now that things are all so fast and easy online.

But, that is a small thing at LiveJournal. What I especially like this the LiveJournal bookmarketlet. It’s the LiveJournal version of WordPress PressThis. Just as you can use PressThis to post to your blog from your web browser and now add links, images and commentary – you can do the same with LiveJournal. Better than Blogger which has not been updated in too long. LiveJournal has all the features I look for in a bookmarklet for content curating. It is a really good option for posting content from other sites, as a content curator.

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