WordPress’ Impressive Import Functions

This post has to do with an experiment I conducted last night with the WordPress installation at CodingExperiments.com, one of the other sites I write for. In the true spirit of that site, which is experimenting with code and all things computer-related, one or two visitors (who viewed the site or requested the feed in a window of about two minutes) may have noticed six extra posts briefly appear in the archives. That was my doing. (I did not, however, have anything to do with today’s outage; that was possible248. 😀 ) See, possible248 (that site’s owner) granted myself and…

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Blogger Scheduled Post Permalink Issues

I’ve been seeing some feedback on this issue myself, and decided to weigh in with a post of my own. Most of the feedback I’ve seen has been in comments on the original post at the Blogger in Draft blog, from users who have had issues with permalinks on posts published using the still-in-testing being to the blog’s homepage, rather than to the posts’ individual pages. I wasn’t having the problem, but it’s shown up a couple of times recently, presumably as a result of some tweaking on the part of Blogger. Interestingly, I shouldn’t even be having the problem…

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Blogger in Draft On-Login Redirection

I remember when I first started using Blogger in Draft and I had to enter draft.blogger.com, go through the ADD_SERVICE_TOKEN redirect, and would end up at www.blogger.com instead, meaning I had to change www to draft and hit Enter again to get to the URL I originally requested. In the last few weeks, though, that seems to have changed. Now when I navigate to my blogger keyword bookmark, I am redirected correctly back to draft.blogger.com. No more double-navigation on my browser session’s first use of Blogger! Thanks, Google!

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Scheduled Posts With Blogger

For months and months now, posts with titles like this one’s have been writing about convoluted workarounds to one of Blogger’s glaring omissions: scheduled future posting. It has always been in Blogger’s new version that a post published is a post published, no matter the date (which was only used for sorting). To post to your blog in the future, without actually being there to “push the button, Max,” you had to set up a complicated system of mail-to-Blogger and a scheduled email service. (Interestingly, Gmail still lacks scheduled sending of emails… Hint hint, Google! 😉 All that begins to…

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Blogger Blogrolls and Bugfixes

In the last couple days, Google’s Blogger team added a new sidebar widget to Blogger In Draft for testing. It’s a “Blog List”, in essence a blogroll. It displays a list of blogs, and optionally titles of each blog’s latest post, snippets of the latest post, and how long it’s been since each blog was updated. Users can add sites either manually or by importing from Google Reader subscriptions. In other news, a list of bugfixes and enhancements were added to mainstream Blogger, including fixes for the label counts bugs (which I have never suffered from, AFAIK) and comment pagination…

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Blogger as OpenID Provider

Hot on the heels of , Blogger is now testing support for using blog URLs as OpenID logins. Now not only can other people log in with their OpenIDs from elsewhere, but Blogger users can use their Blogger blog URLs as OpenIDs to log into other sites. I have now deleted the delegation code from my template (which has been working for a while; I just never updated ), as I enabled the beta feature from Blogger in Draft. For now, it’s only available from Draft, through a checkbox on the Edit Profile page (rather than in the blog control…

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Blogger Errors While Reading?

Hmm, it’s a Zippity-Zoli-Week, I think. Mentioning his blog again; wow! OK, so on to the point. Zoli Erdos posted about a “Weird Google Blogger Error“, with a screenshot. The cool part? <vanity>The URL displayed in it is for !</vanity> The bad part: Blogger’s displaying errors on my blog, after loading the page. Argh! So what can you, the reader, do to solve this problem? Well, the best solution I’ve seen is to clear your browser’s cache. Since this is, after all, a geek blog, I’ll assume you know how to do that. Meanwhile, I hope not too many people…

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OpenID Commenting Released from Draft

Two weeks later, Blogger’s are over. The feature has been released to all Blogger blogs. They’ve also fixed handling of URLs with “www” in them, added OpenID comments to post pages, instead of just on comment.g, and added a Blogger favicon to Google Account/Blogger Account comments. Now all they need to add is the ability to use Blog*Spot URLs as OpenIDs themselves, and we’ll be set. I can’t wait to ditch the AOL delegation I put in my blog’s header, which is broken anyway.

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Blogger Testing OpenID Comments

You might notice a change in the comment form for this blog and others. That’s because Blogger in Draft has launched a test of OpenID commenting, and I’ve opted in. That means that if you have an account somewhere like AOL/AIM, LiveJournal, TypeKey, WordPress, or any other OpenID provider (Technorati, for example), you can use that identity to comment. Also in the works is support to use Blogger blog URLs as OpenID-compatible identities elsewhere, both Blog*Spot and custom domains. I’m excited about this part, as I really don’t want to be using my AIM screenname as an identity, but I…

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