Working on the webcomic…

Fixing the webcomic‘s picture links. Also having to delete the posts out of the backup site since I’m not going to reedit all those posts yet again. Lot’s of fun…
Found some lovely idiot ripping off the daria.be site. Thinks I should be happy to see it being done. Guess what. I’m not! He doesn’t even have half of those features on his site but he lists them as being there. *sigh*

Comments on the main blog

I don’t know why but, for some reason, I removed the comment box on the blog at daria.be when I installed it. It’s back now. Feel free to make your own comments to daria.be’s announcements. Please note though that support requests and questions should go in via one of the four offical methods:

  • The help desk
  • Feedback from your Dashboard
  • Email to support ( at ) daria ( dot ) be
  • The support forums
  • That way we can track problems, suggestions, and concerns.
    Thanks again for visiting,
    -drmike

    Google Sitemaps are now online

    Per a request over in the support forums, I’ve gone ahead and added in support for Google Sitemaps for the blogs over at daria.be.
    Google Sitemaps allows you to compare the the pages within your blog with what Google’s spiders are seeing, see if you have any problems with the spiders accessing any portion of your site and see what keywords are being noticed by Google.
    To signup for this feature, you need an account with Google. If you have a GMail account, that will work fine as well.
    To create your very own Google Sitemap, all you need to do is log into your daria.be account and visit Dashboard -> Options -> Sitemap. There you will see a button labeled “Rebuild Sitemap.” Give it a click and in a few seconds, a freshly made sitemap will be generated for you. Make note of the sitemap’s URL as you’ll have to give it to Google for it to find it. It should look something like http://myblog.daria.be/sitemap.xml
    One final thing about all this. You’ll have to verify with Google that you do indeed own the site in question before you can look at any of the stats about the site in question. Once you sign in with Google and give them the URL of your Sitemap, you should see a link to “Verify Your Site.” It’s real easy to do. Just click on the link. Google will then ask you which one of two different methods you want to use to verify your site. You’ll want to pick the “File Upload” one, not the “Meta Tag” one. Google will then make a big deal about uploading a file and giving it a specific filename. Just ignore it and click on the Verify link again. We did a little trick on this end where, no matter what filename Google wants, it’s going to get it. 🙂
    Give it a try and let us know what you think in our support forums.
    Thanks again for visiting,
    -drmike

    New Theme – Misty Look

    Greets:
    I decided to upload the theme that I’m currently using on my blog over at daria.be if anyone wanted to use it.
    Gotta admit that i have issues with the layout in Netscape 7.2 which I have to use here but it does look pretty sharp when it works.

      Misty Look: A white, two column theme with a cool header image
      Misty Look WordPress Theme

    Current Issue: Thumbnailing Images

    Greets:

    It appears that we’re having a problem with uploaded images being
    thumbnailed and a PHP error being kicked out. Looks like this is
    occuring with *.gif and *.png images over at daria.be. The image uploads fine, it just doesn’t create a thumbnail.

    Work around is if you get the error, click on “Save and continue
    editing.” The page will reload, you’ll see your uploaded image, and you
    can use it. You just won’t be able to use a thumbnail.

    – or –

    Turn the image into a *.jpg and just use that. Thumbnails appear to work fine on them.

    I have a ticket open with Donncha over at WPMU and a thread in their support forums so he’s aware of the issue. Hope fully we’ll worked something out shortly.

    Feel free to use this space to point out any issues with this current problem.

    Thanks,
    -drmike

    Theme Thursday

    Greets:
    I have a feeling that I’m going to try and shoot for add in in new themes on Thursday over on daria.be. Maybe that’ll be the plan.

      Hemingway: Deep and dark with it’s own verson of Widgets.
      Hemingway WordPress Theme
      Orange Sky: Um, it’s an orange sky in the header image.
      Orange Sky WordPress Theme
      Ocadia: Kind of weird looking if you ask me
      Ocadia WordPress theme
      Dixie Belle: A bright white two column theme
      Dixie Belle WordPress Theme

    This gives us 38 themes installed so far. Any suggestions for theme that you would like to see can be dropped off in the support forums. Also please report any problems that you may find.
    Thanks again for visiting,
    -drmike

    WordPress 2.0.4 release

    If you haven’t heard about it yet, WordPress 2.0.4 has been released. I’ve gone ahead and upgraded it here and over at the webcomic already. Don’t really notice any difference right off but I haven’t poked around with it yet.
    Mark Jaquith has done his changed files zip again for those folks who only want to have to replace the changed files.
    For those over at WordPress.com or daria.be who read this blog, don’t worry. Those sites are kept up to date every day. 🙂
    edit: Please let me know if you have any issues.
    -drmike

    Things to do first with Your New Blog

    Greets:
    I just posted this article over on the help desk but I thought I would post it here as well. It concerns what to do first with your new blog. I’ll probably add to it later on as I go.
    Things to do first with Your New Blog
    Hope this helps,
    -drmike