Category Archives: Webmaster

Website and weblog maintenance

Sharing Buttons, Take Two

In December 2012 I had removed all social network sharing buttons from my website and weblog, due to lack of use. During these last fourteen months, visitor counts have been growing briskly and referrer activity shows that some people actually occasionally come to this obscure domain from Twitter or Facebook. Part of my decision to […]

Greatest Hits in 2012/13

Time for some self-indulgence! Back in March 2012 I started posting on Blogger but switched to the far superior WordPress.com within a month, and then to a self-hosted WordPress setup in April 2013. Since I only have WordPress stats from April 2012 onward and didn’t write a year-end review in 2013, I’ll combine both years […]

Switching Site Search to Google

My site search had been powered by DuckDuckGo over the last year, and this weblog had been using the WordPress search widget since I started self-hosting in April. Today I’ve changed both to Google Search, so as to deliver better search results to my visitors. I still recommend DuckDuckGo for general use, and keep it […]

Switching to Google Analytics

For years I crunched server logs with WebLog Expert to obtain visitor statistics for my website. During the last four months I also ran my own Referrer Filter to cut down on referrer spam. It was laborious but I thought I was getting a pretty accurate picture of human visitors, without the kind of intrusive […]

Cleaning WordPress Databases

WordPress is a fine blogging software but the standard package lacks a disturbing number of basic features, even including Akismet and Jetpack. Yesterday I discovered that WordPress, which automatically saves post revisions for every edit and preview, never ever deletes them! Not only does WordPress not delete old revisions automatically, it does not even offer […]

Resizable HTML Scroll Boxes

CSS offers two ways to shrink wide elements so that they fit a narrower browser window: The white-space property whose default value of normal breaks long text lines at spaces, as in a word processor. The overflow property (also available as overflow-x and overflow-y) that can be set to auto or scroll to put wide […]

Eternal Sunshine of the Spamless Blog

About eight months after I opened this weblog, spam comments were approaching 100 per day. The very reliable Akismet caught most of them, but checking the rising flood for false positives was getting tiresome. Requiring commenters’ names and e-mail addresses is useless because spammers automatically generate those anyway. Short of shutting down comments entirely, the […]

Sharing Buttons Begone

You may have noticed that there are no longer any social network sharing buttons on this weblog, nor on the main Kynosarges website. Thus ends a long experiment. On WordPress, sharing buttons are a standard feature and enabled by default. But I had also added passive Twitter links to the footer of each Kynosarges page […]

Added .NET Archive Section

The Development section on my website was bursting at the seams, so I combined all resources related to .NET Framework programming into a new section, the .NET Archive. Four pages were moved, and .NET Books was split off from Developer Books. I’m not creating a corresponding weblog category for the new section since I don’t […]

Hack Culprit Found: TimThumb

The strange hack on The Sticky Tongue Project that only surfaced in the embedded browser of Google’s iOS app for Google+ has been happily resolved. Candace M Hansen, the website’s project developer and manager, contacted her hosting service which in turn identified an outdated version of TimThumb, a popular image resizing script. The Sticky Tongue […]