I’m so proud of myself

Check out the new Dashboard Menu we have over at daria.be.
Wish the picture had come out crisper though.
Instructions are here if you want to include it within your own WordPress multiuser setup.

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

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

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

New themes installed

Quick mention that if you see any issues with any of the themes we’ve installed, please mention them over at the support forums and we’ll get right on them.
Today’s three themes come from Topi Peltonen. Check them out today with your own free blog here at daria.be.

    Bordom: A two column perky theme.
    Bordom WordPress theme
    Sweet Pink: Why it’s called Sweet Pink, I have no idea.
    Sweet Pink WordPress theme
    Neat: A bluish, two column theme
    Neat WordPress theme

Again, give a yell in the support forums if you have any issues.
Thanks again for visiting,
-drmike

We’ve got Statistics

Another day, another feature. 🙂
That’s probably the way it’s going to work around here for the next few days.
I’ve gone ahead and added in statistics to everybody’s blog. We’re still having an issue with the necessary tables being loaded for new users although I should have something figured out later tonight or at the very least a work around in place. (And if I don’t, then I’ll just add them in by hand until we do.)
Stats example
Give them a try. You can find the stats at your Dashboard -> Blog Stats tab. I you get a strange looking error, be sure to let me know over in the support forums.
Thanks again for visiting,
-drmike

A few more themes

Just a few more. The images lead to demo sites so that you can see the themes in action.

    Nikynik Blue: A blueish, two column theme
    Nikynik Blue WordPress Theme
    BlueBerry Boat: Another blue, two column theme
    Blueberry Boat WordPress Theme
    Benevolence: A two column, white theme
    Benevolence WordPress Theme

Any issues, please be sure to post about them in the support forums.
Thanks again for visiting,
-drmike