Happy Anniversary, Timethief

One of my spies pointed out to me that Timethief, one of the wonderful folks who help out on the wordpress.com support forums is celebrating her first year anniversary as a blogger today. She’s also writen a series of guides on blogging basics for beginners, the use of widgets, and moving around a blog within the wordpress.com domain.
I just wanted to take a second and thank her for all of her hard work over there. She’s been a big help.
Feel free to take a second and visit one of her blogs today. (I think I got them all.)

Tag Cloud Generator for WordPress.com


Always want a tag cloud for your wordpress.com blog? Engtech gives us a Tag Cloud Generator
for your wp.com blog. Runs on Windows, Mac or Linux. It’ll give you
output that you can copy and paste into a text widget or a Page within
your blog. Be sure to read all of the documentation as Engtech goes out
of his way to answer any questions that you may have. There’s also a
list of advanced options for you to try.

And if you’re using regular WordPress, just grab one of the many tag cloud generators that are available.

Optimize MySQL

For the longest time, I’ve had issues with trying to optimize the huge MySQL datatables that exist over at daria.be.
With over 6,000 tables, pulling up the database in something like
phpMyAdmin wasn’t working too well. Took about 20 minutes just to load
it up.

My host
found a script on line that goes though table by table and optimizes it
if needbe. It runs through all of the databases accessable by the MySQL
user so it whould work on multidatabase installs of WPMu as well.

The code for the most part comes from here with some modifications made by myself to allow for the WPMu system. Instructions are included within the php file.

Download it from here. Should work on non-WPMu setups as well. Anything with large numbers of MySQL data tables.

WP-Shortstat gets an upgrade

Just a quick mention that WP-ShortStat got an upgrade a few days ago. I just noticed it.

New features copied from the site:

new database format, about half the size of the old format
added blogger.com to detected search engines
fix for broken referer
added debug version which shows all errors
some internal fixes (uninitialized variables, …)
disabled old country detection code

There’s also a MySQL script for reducing the size of the tables for it. That will be a big help for me over at daria.be. The script doesn’t work for me though. I’ll have to fiddle with it.

Would someone please explain something to me


Would someone please explain something to me. How am I suppose to help someone when their entire question is:

It doesn’t work

OK, what doesn’t work? How are you using it? Can you show me where you’re trying to use it?

Or can you tell me what book am I holding up in front of my monitor right now? I’ll give you a hint – It’s a hard cover.

Bloody hell…

Random Blog Plugin for WPMU

Knocked another one out.

This plugin creates an array of your public blogs and kicks out a random one. The cool thing is that it’s a static link so all you need to do is point to the file for it to work. 🙂

Random Blog

Place the next.php file into your WPMU’s root and add the link where ever you want it.

edit: Since I am no longer supporting WordPress, I’ve gone ahead and removed the plugin.