WordPress Plugins, Recommended Reading, and My Week In Review

Blog Design Updates

I focused more on writing than design this past week, however I made a few key updates.

  1. Get Recent Comments allows you to post a customizable number of recent comments in your sidebar. The user name of the commenter is a hyperlink to the comments. This is a great way to draw attention to the dialogues occurring on recent posts.
  2. WP Post Ratings has been on my radar since I started this blog, however my first attempt at installation never worked out. So I was ecstatic when my second try, earlier this week, worked! The only downside has been the display in Internet Explorer 6 is problematic – the Comments section gets pushed a screen’s length down the page for some reason. Unfortunately, I’ve had other issues with IE 6, and have decided not to cater to it. This site is optimized for use with Firefox.
  3. Ultimate Tag Warrior 3 is supposed to be the bomb due to it’s flexibility. I installed it yesterday after the previous plugin I was using kept dropping tags (I still have no idea where they went and why). When I checked some posts today, I found I lost more tags I updated through UTW. If you have any idea why this is happening, let me know! For the tags that stick around, they are connected to Technorati, which I hope will increase the traffic from the blog search and ranking engine.
  4. Special thanks to Stacy and Mike for e-mailing me today so that I knew my Comment Spam-blocking Plugin was misbehaving. I deactivated it immediately, and things are fine now.

Recommended Reading

My Week in Review

On Tuesday, I watched my beloved DC United soccer (futbol) team fall 2-1 to CD Guadalajara in Mexico, during the second of two semifinal games in the CONCACAF club tournament. On the plus side, my favorite player, Jaime Moreno, scored a gorgeous bicycle-kick goal in the first half that was rather unbelievable. It wasn’t smashed into the goal, but rather lofted over the goalie as though in slow motion. The goalie didn’t have a chance. I can’t wait to see matches in other countries like Brazil, or possibly the ’08 Olympics in China!

Tomorrow will be the last day I have to take the prescription mouthwash which numbs my tongue, while keeping my new dental implant clean, and infection-free.

Lastly, I’m heading to New York City tomorrow, for the weekend, to visit my brother and some friends. I decided to take this approach rather than go to Montreal later in the month. I’ll be sure to take pics to share. I always have a great time eating and drinking when I’m up there.

Comments

  1. says

    I just cant follow US soccer. The games are far far too far far away from where I live. It would take about 4-5 hours to get to DC to watch a game :/

    I still support my irons tho! west ham united, as usual fighting relegation in the EPL… Its hard to support the team where you live on the same street as the home ground. Home matches were awesome to attend. I also attended Australia v England at the Boleyn… awesome!

    Ever been to any DC untied games?

  2. says

    I just cant follow US soccer. The games are far far too far far away from where I live. It would take about 4-5 hours to get to DC to watch a game :/

    I still support my irons tho! west ham united, as usual fighting relegation in the EPL… Its hard to support the team where you live on the same street as the home ground. Home matches were awesome to attend. I also attended Australia v England at the Boleyn… awesome!

    Ever been to any DC untied games?

  3. says

    Yes, I started following DC United at the start of the 2004 season – also the last time they won the MLS Cup! Since then, I’ve seen just about every game. It’s going to be hard to try and resist seeing live games this year, as I want to limit my spending. The local fan club – Barra Brava – has tailgates though, so perhaps if a fill up on food and drink pre-game, I’ll be good!

    It’s hard to watch the EPL because they’re so much damn better than the MLS teams!

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