Buy your own WordPress Multiuser site

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Ever want to buy your own WordPress Multiuser site already installed and up and running?  Girls’ Coffee Table is up for sale for a Buy it Now price of $60.  The site already has BuddyPress installed and Google Adsense stuck in a few places if that’s important to you.

Some work has already been done on the site.  The main blog has a custom theme that’s nice and pink. (Having flashbacks of Monkey Island 4 to be honest. “It’s pink!”) Right off I don’t see support forums or help pages and we all know how important that is to me.  Has some nice themes though.  Only has about 50 members so some marketing will be required.

As I write this, there’s no confirmed bids.  Bids start at $25 if you feel the need.

And in case you’re looking for some exceptional WPMU sites to steal ideas from, keep an eye on this thread over on the WPMu Premium site.

Technorati Moves and Loses a Few Boxes

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Ok, the moving truck with the Technorati sign on the driver’s door didn’t come out too well.  Sorry.  I thought the idea was funny.  I only have MS Paint handy and we all know that’s not the best program for combining images.

Anyway…

Every once in a while, I hop over to Technorati to see how this blog and a few others are doing. (edit: Or see who’s stealing my images and my bandwidth.) Anyway I noticed a few days ago on their support blog that they were in the process of moving data centers.  Imagine my complete surprise though that all of my claimed blogs have disappeared from my account. (edit: Hmm, the account link used to work.  I’m now getting a blank screen when I try.) No mention of this on their blogs and, to my surprise, only a few other bloggers have noted this.  In fact people are still writing instructions on how to claim your blog over at Technorati.

Folks may want to check on their own blogs over at Technorati.  There’s no mention on their site anyway about the outstanding issues with claimed blogs.  At least I’ve not been able to find anything.

Oh and if anyone has a better picture to use, feel free to send it my way.

edit: I can’t even find my own blog over there anymore. 🙁

Charlotte Wordcamp

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Oh lookie.  There’s going to be a Charlotte WordCamp on Nov 15th here in Charlotte.  I wonder if I should go.

I’m wondering why they aren’t publicizing it.  Kind of reminds me on how Automattic does theirs.

I’m also wondering why Host Gator is a sponsor and why not a local hosting company. (like mine) It’s a pity that we didn’t get wind of this until today.

Filled With Mu

Continuing on with the series of WordPress MultiUser tutorials, two new ones have been added to the WPMuTutorial site:

  • Who’s Your Mu Buddy? – Why having a WPMu peer may be a good idea.
  • What’s On Your Front Page? – A personal rant on why WPMu admins keep placing adverts on the front page of their WPMu installs instead of trying to draw in the casual visitor.

Please feel free to give them a read today.

The Road to Well-Mu

Andrea from over in Home School Journal land has asked me to write a series of articles about planning and creating a WordPress Multiuser site.  The first article went online today.  I hope to have a new article posted every day for the next few weeks.  Time will tell if I can hold to that.

edit: I wonder if anyone will get the pun of the title.  I also wonder if I’ll be able to come up with any more of them.

WordPress.com nofollow plugin for WordPress

Per a request for it, I’ve written up a WordPress plugin for adding in
a nofollow tag to links to any blog with a ‘wordpress.com’ within the
URL of the link. This was actually done for a WordPress Multiuser setup
that I host so that they wouldn’t get any link love. (Also because my
client doesn’t think much of wp.com)
Install it via the regular methods. If you’re running WordPress
Multiuser, I’d just drop it into the mu-plugins subdirectory.
Based on the Wikipedia nofollow plugin for WordPress

edit: I’ve gone ahead and removed this.  It appears some folks out there, instead of seeing how and why this plugin was offered, would rather insult me over it.  It’s not worth my time.

10 Confessions Of A Telephone Company Customer Service Rep

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I gotta admit that I agree with most of these. One of my biggest pet peeves of working in the wordpress.com support forums along with other forums is when folks write these big long novels as support requests and don’t get to the point or clearly state what the problem is. Or even the folks who don’t want to give you details as to what the actual problem is. Bloodly hell….

You want help? Here’s the method I wish folks would use in requesting help:

1) Read the tools already provided to you. We have a search bar at the very top of the forums. Try dropping in some keywords into it. Chances are someone else has already had the problem before you. Something broken? Take a look at the front page of the forums. It may already be reported. There may already be a solution.

2) Say hi to start off your post. Chances are someone is going to go out of their way to help you. Be polite. Works wonders.

3) State specifically what the problem is in under 20-25 words. Stating specifically helps. “I’m having an issue with adding a new link to my blog roll” works a lot better than “Something doesn’t work.” “My CSS file is missing from x-y-z.tld” works a whole lot better than “My blog looks funny.” (Although I’ll grant that one since many new users might not know what CSS is)

4) Got an example? Link specifically to it. If it’s a general issue, provide a general link so we can see the issue. Specific issues need to have specific links. Never assume that we’re going to see the exact same thing that you’re going to see. If I could read minds, I wouldn’t be sitting here answering support questions on an online forum.

5) Thank the folks who will help you.

6) Wait. Chances are there are other folks also needing help. Give them a chance to help you.

And if you’re a webbased business who relies on volenteers to run your support forums, thank them once in a while. Give them the tools that then need to do their job help your clients. Listen to suggestions made by them to you. Pop in once in a while and show some interest in what’s occuring in the forums. Publicly thank those who go out of their way to cover your asses. (I’d give you a link to that but that hasn’t occured.) Drop a tshirt into the mail when you have a big get together and the volenteer can’t attend. Sure, comping them for stuff is nice but doing something nice for them is even better.

And if one of those volenteers tells you that you’re wrong about something, take a second and think about what is occuring. They may be right.

Else you may discover those volenteers slowly drifting away