Alle Artikel mit dem Schlagwort: Software

Tag Groups: Import, Export, and Bug Fixes

Version 0.22 of the Tag Groups plugin comes with a new feature that was requested already several times: You can now export your settings, including the groups you created. Tags won’t be included, neither their assignment to the groups. The reason is simply that their assignment to the groups is saved with the tags – together with their names etc. Extracting and exporting their group assignment would make things more difficult (but I will keep thinking about this option). If you use export and import in order to clone the groups to another WordPress installation, you might afterwards have to go through the tags and assign them to the correct groups. You can use the bulk editing feature – check all applying tags and then choose „assign to“ from the pull-down menu, together with the new group. Another novelty of this version is that uninstalling (or deleting) the plugin won’t automatically wipe out all settings and groups. There are some rare cases when users want to remove the files, or they delete the plugin by …

Redirect URL to Post: Button and Tracking

A new version (0.5) is out that comes with two new features: A button can be embedded with a shortcode to go to a random (or latest, …) post. Particularly redirecting to a random post helps to revive old posts and to increase page views – an important factor if you show ads on your blog. You can now add some query parameters to the URL (and button) that will be appended to the resulting permalink of the single post. These parameters help you track redirects in your web statistics. More information can be found in the documentation.

A URL to the Latest Post

After three years I have published now another WordPress plugin: Redirect URL to Post. As before, the reason was that I couldn’t find any other plugin providing what I needed. What I needed was a link that I could use on other sites and that would redirect to the latest post in a particular category. To be more concrete, I pulled the latest post of a blog to a weekly Mailchimp newsletter. Naturally readers of the newsletter should be taken to the full post by clicking on the title or „read more“ link. But even after hours of trying, I did not manage to retrieve the post’s permalink with Mailchimp’s shortcodes.1 So instead I used the link to the entire list of posts of that category – better all than nothing – and readers would from there have to click on to the latest post. Then, however, I realized that it would be very handy to have a special URL that would automatically redirect to the latest post so that I wouldn’t have to worry …

Windows: unsympathisch. Linux: abschreckend. Mac: elitär.

In einem 2002 veröffentlichten Artikel beschreibt ein technisch nicht überdurchschnittlich qualifizierter Anwender, warum er Probleme hat, von Windows auf Linux umzusteigen. Der Titel ist schön gewählt: „I Hate Windows – I am Afraid of Linux“. Die Zeiten haben sich leicht geändert: Durch Linux-Installationen kann man sich zumeist einfach hindurch klicken und Windows kommt als 7 endlich mal gereifter daher. Auch diese ständigen Updates, die in dem erwähnten Artikel als Argument gegen Linux angeführt werden, halte ich für kein Problem mehr. Das betrifft nicht minder Windows und sie lassen sich gut verdeckt im Hintergrund erledigen. Und vor allem dient der Aufwand eben oft der Sicherheit. Trotzdem sehe ich persönlich aber immer noch einige Probleme, wo sich nicht viel verändert hat. Obwohl ich fast ausschließlich Mac OS X benutze, ist mir bei Apple dieses ständige Gefühl des Ausgeliefertseins (Stichwort „Vendor Lock-In“) ausgesprochen unangenehm. Das fängt schon damit an, dass die Dokumentationen von Apple konstant zu den schwächsten gehören, die ich je für Software gefunden habe. Lassen sich also Transparenz und Auswahlmöglichkeiten mit einer Benutzerfreundlichkeit für technisch nicht …

Software for NGOs with an undersized budget

Since over 4 years I am struggling with the contradiction between a Central-East European, absolutely-non-profit budget and the need to work efficiently, to present ourselves as professionally as possible and to keep software security in a good shape. This a particularly tricky job where private contributions to office running costs are even lower than the local bank charges, which you pay both for holding the account and for every incoming money transfer and which are extra high for charities. It probably goes without saying that software and Web administration are increasingly rejected by donors as budget items in projects, which are requested to be tightly goal oriented, understaffed and cost efficient and which are supposed to promote the donor’s brand. IT work is of a kind that is well done if you don’t see it. I have experienced, however, countless nerve-wracking problems with inaccessible pages and countless breakdowns after updates, and many of them were caused by my stupidity. In fact, if you decide to run your own NGO without the budget for a webmaster, …