Avoid WordPress Export

WordPress comes with a built-in Export feature that saves some or all posts and related metadata to an XML file, supposedly as a backup or for transfer to another WordPress installation. Unfortunately this feature has two glaring flaws. Export scrambles HTML markup! I’m using the raw HTML editor to write my posts, so I know … Continue reading “Avoid WordPress Export”

Greatest Hits in 2017

Total Kynosarges page hits as determined by Google Analytics shrank once again year-over-year, going from 125,757 in 2016 (weblog 56,993, website 68,764) to 101,616 in 2017 (weblog 54,077, website 47,539). As you can see the major shrinkage came from the website while the weblog was fairly stable. Let’s see the annual Top Ten pages, starting … Continue reading “Greatest Hits in 2017”

New Theme: Twenty Sixteen

My old theme Twenty Twelve was getting a bit long in the tooth. Moreover, I had customized it extensively by direct editing, and that led to tiresome diff/search/replace exercises whenever WordPress released an update. So during the last week I gradually moved first this blog and then my static website over to Twenty Sixteen. This … Continue reading “New Theme: Twenty Sixteen”

WordPress Sitemaps with Jetpack

Jetpack can automatically produce XML sitemaps for its WordPress installation. These aren’t generated as static files but rather dynamically assembled on request, just like WordPress posts. While this feature generally works well there are some annoying caveats you should be aware of. Submit your Sitemap Regarding sitemaps for search engines (the only kind I’m interested … Continue reading “WordPress Sitemaps with Jetpack”

Self-Hosted WordPress Galleries

Over the last couple of weeks I moved all my photo galleries from Google Photos to my own WordPress host. For my readers, this means that you no longer have to click an obscure link to reach the actual gallery. You can see all images as thumbnails directly in each post, and click on any … Continue reading “Self-Hosted WordPress Galleries”

Simple Twitter Cards for Jetpack

Jetpack’s “Publicize” feature automatically adds a set of OpenGraph and optionally Twitter card tags to WordPress posts. I previously described manually setting a default OpenGraph image. Today we’ll have a look at manually defining Twitter cards. (Note: this post is an enhanced version of material originally added to the previous post.) Enabling Twitter Cards If … Continue reading “Simple Twitter Cards for Jetpack”

Exif for WordPress Galleries

Pictures taken with digital cameras usually hold Exif (Exchangeable image file format) metadata about the camera type, shutter speed, and so on. When you want to show this metadata along with your images in a WordPress gallery you have a problem: neither the built-in media attachment viewer nor most custom viewers (“lightboxes”) show Exif data. … Continue reading “Exif for WordPress Galleries”

Greatest Hits in 2016

Total Kynosarges page hits as determined by Google Analytics shrank considerably year-over-year, going from 174,787 in 2015 (weblog 83,766, website 91,021) to 125,757 in 2016 (weblog 56,993, website 68,764). I’ll discuss likely reasons below. But first, here are the annual Top Ten pages, starting with weblog posts. I’m listing the original publishing date and total … Continue reading “Greatest Hits in 2016”

Greatest Hits in 2015

Total Kynosarges page hits as determined by Google Analytics were roughly on the same level as last year, going from 173,523 in 2014 (weblog 92,962, website 80,561) to 174,787 in 2015 (weblog 83,766, website 91,021). Here are the annual Top Ten pages, starting with weblog posts. I’m listing the original publishing date and total number … Continue reading “Greatest Hits in 2015”

Greatest Hits in 2014

Unlike earlier years where I had to guesstimate and combine statistics from multiple sources, the past year was fully covered by Google Analytics. The short version is, total Kynosarges page views nearly doubled from an estimated 95,000 in 2013 to a GA-measured 173,523 in 2014. Not bad for one sad clown amazingly interesting writer! So … Continue reading “Greatest Hits in 2014”