Blog Tech

Basics

I use WordPress because it's powerful, open source, and easy to use.

This blog is hosted at Dreamhost because it's affordable, their customer service is great (and human), and they put a lot of work into their admin panel so I can minimize my time putzing around on a command-line. When an upgrade comes out, they send me an email to click on one button, and voila, I'm upgraded. Hard to argue with that.

I use Feedburner for subscription to posts via feed or email, simply because they have great tools for managing feeds. I look forward to tighter integration with google someday. Like gmail + adsense + feedburner + analytics? Mmm, that would be nice.

World of Warcraft links provided by Wowhead.

Avatars

In the comments system, I use gravatars, which is short for "globally recognized avatars". Go and get one at the website, and most wordpress sites will magically use it.

People who don't have a gravatar get a wavatar, which is programmatically generated based on your email. The wavatars come in many flavors, but I'm using the monster one.

WordPress Plugins

I use the following WordPress plugins:

Stuff You Can See

  • Search Unleashed – Makes the search function suck less, although there are clearly still some issues to work out. This is very much like a buggy WoW addon: I like it enough to live with the junk. I'm on the lookout for a better search enhancement, anyone know of anything?
  • Clean Notifications – So that when you subscribe to a thread, the email message isn't a mess.
  • Clean Archives Reloaded – The fancy Archives page.

Stuff That Helps Run the Blog

  • Akismet – You know that your antispam measures are pretty good when you can advertise which one you use. :)
  • No Self Pings – Let's me link to myself or comment on my own posts without cluttering up my @#$%@#$ email telling me that "hey, someone linked to you!"  "O rly?"
  • Simple Tags – Lots of advanced tagging rules and tools. Also puts related posts in the RSS feed. Really, it does a lot.
  • Unfancy Quote – Because fancy quotes are unfriendly.