A bunch of updates — including themes

I just updated several plugins and some themes on the WordPress installation. I don’t expect that to cause troubles, but if you notice anything which is behaving unusually on your blogs, let me know.

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Updates on updates and new security

Hey, y’all!

I was sitting around, staring at a computer monitor like normal, and I thought, if I’m not on the RevBlogs every day, there should probably be some security. So I popped in to install the WordFence security plugin. This has got a bunch of nifty features, like a firewall which blocks a lot of anticipated attacks, a brute force blocker, and an automatic malware scanner. This shouldn’t cause you any problems, except that you can get locked out for inputting the wrong password too many times. But your blog admin email should get you back in. Let me know if you run into any snags or problems!

I also updated all the network wide plugins. If you notice anything odd with your sites from that too, let me know.

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RevBlog analytics reports going out tomorrow

I’ve put together recurring analytics report emails for two of the blogs on this site. Why two? Because I could quickly come up with the email addresses of those two.

If you want one of your own (they’re in PDF and have more information than you probably want) and you don’t get one on Monday, then drop me a line and I’ll set you up.

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RevBlogging Updates and Analytics Capabilities

Howdy, RevBloggers! I’ve been doing some maintenance to the blogs today. WordPress has been updated to the most current version, as well as all the plugins which you know and love.

If you’re interested in tracking the visitors to your site, I’ve just implemented the StatCounter plugin. This requires a sign-in at the StatCounter site to activate for your individual blog. I have not actually tried this myself, so I don’t know if that will work. Let me know if you try it!

Also, there’s been some snafus with the Google Analytics tracking, which I had thought was working fine, but in fact it had completely disappeared, apparently some time ago. This is probably because the themes on a multi-site installation are prone to updating and destruction of any hard-coded javascript additions.

So, I spent most of this afternoon figuring out how to enqueue Google Analytics javascript snippets into the header of every sub-site in the RevBlog network. If you’re googling the answer to this question, the secret is to put a micro-plugin into the folder /wp-content/mu-plugins. Here’s the code:

This doesn’t necessarily help you if you’re a regular blogger who just wants to see how many people are reading your posts. I believe I can have a larger drilldown of performance emailed to you on a regular basis, with all the funky little details which makes Google Analytics so powerful. Let me know if you want one of those, and I’ll set you up.

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Getting an Avatar!

As you sign up and start working on your new RevSF blogs, you may have noticed that there’s no place in the user settings to upload a profile picture. That’s because WordPress is a participant in the Gravatar system. All you need is the email you use for your WordPress user account. When you sign up at Gravatar you will end up with an avatar which will follow you across the web.

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Membership in the RevSF blogs

I just re-invited everyone to be the administrators to their blogs within the new WordPress system. At least everyone known to Joe and myself, which leaves quite a lot of unclaimed blogs. So if you own a blog on this site and you’re not yet the administrator, drop us a line and we’ll see if we can set you up.

For that matter, if you don’t have a blog here, and you would like one, let me know and I’ll see if I can get you set up ahead of the rush.

To contact me, email “blogguys (the character you expect to see here) revolutionsf.com”.


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Welcome to the new RevolutionSF blogs!

The old RevolutionSF blogs have been replaced with a brand new, state of the art, WordPress blog network. If you don’t yet have a blog here, then you ought to drop us a line and we’ll see if we can set you up. If you’ve been a longstanding contributor to these blogs, then your old posts have already been transferred to this new installation and they’re waiting for you to join them.

We’re sure that you will enjoy the many features of this blogging platform.

Drop us a line if you run into any problems, and happy blogging!