Archive for August 20, 2006

Akismet first impressions

As I stated when I started this blog, I only wound up testing things here at WordPress.com because I had to sign up for an account to get a WP API so that I could use Akismet.

It was difficult to tell, at first how well this plug in worked, because I had only been using it with newly installed and developted blogs. When I recently took the plunge, and did the long overdue upgrade of my main blogs from V 1.5.2 to V 2.0.4 … this is when I truly found out how superior this comment and trackback spam tool really is.

For reasons I don’t understand, the Bad Behavior spam plugin I had been using just was not stopping the various comment spam that was hitting my blogs on a daily basis. Thanks, but I’m not an impodent, overweight middle aged man with a gambling addiction like these spammers seem to think I am by the many ‘products’ their posts were trying to sell. 🙂

When I upgraded, and activated Akismet, it found over 100 past and present spam comments on my blog, which I keep up with on a daily basis, or so I thought. Apparently, there had been spam comments breaking through for some time without my knowledge, which is disturbing considering I always set comments to be moderated!

Akismet also snagged one of my own references to another post within the blog, but that was easy enough to ‘teach’ the plugin that those are OK. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with how well this plugin is working to date. I just hope that saying so doesn’t make things mysteriously explode on me! LOL

FireFox blogging tool

There’s a new ‘extension’ for FireFox called Performancing. It offers bloggers a way to easily write, edit and post to their various blogs right from within FireFox. You are supposed to be able to use it with Blogger, WordPress.com blogs, and the WP blogs you’ve installed on your own domains (just to name a few; others mentioned are live journal, and Windows Live the MSN space replacement).

I’ve tested it on one of the WP’s I installed on my server, which is updated to the latest version 2.0.4, but I get a user/password error message. After reading the Performancing.com forums, I think it might be necessary to set up the ‘blogging by email’ function within WP for this to work.

I had no problem what-so-ever setting this up to work here on WordPress.com though! With all the new functionality of the latest WP, I’m not really sure I’m going to take the time to set up my WP installed blogs to use this handy dandy editor with. Since Windows Live took over MSN spaces, I haven’t been able to log into that blog, so that’s not even an option right now.

To be honest, I’ve tweaked my own blogs so much that I probably wouldn’t use this editor much for those, being they are commercially driven. However, for my many personal blogs hosted on blogging platforms, I do really like the functionality of this handy little FireFox blog editor. Nice job.

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