WriteUp in PCWorld.com

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  • #16253

    kashmir
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    I was requesting help so that I could make wBloggar work for me. I figured it out. Yipee!

    And WP is the Best! WP has all that I ever would have wanted.

    Cheers!

    #16254

    wank
    Member

    There will be a market for blogger as long as there’s a market for wanting to make or install custom templates on a free blog. Customising livejournal is a hassle, customising myspace is limited, customising wordpress.com is shoving your own header into Regulus. Blogger still has that USP and because of that I can’t see it going anywhere

    #16256

    drmike
    Member

    I wonder how big of a percentage of their support queue is issues with CSS and themes though.

    #16314

    nosysnoop
    Member

    Last night I went to Technorati and also checked what were the top topics. Saw that TypePad was up there. So read a few things and they were saying that TypePad had another outage for many hours again. They also said how many TypePad people are now moving to WordPress. :)

    #16315

    drmike
    Member

    I saw earlier today that the recent upgrade of Typepad was announced today.

    It was done via a paper Press Release.

    ie not on their blog.

    Came across my GMail feed earlier in the day. Haven’t seen it since.

    #16316

    engtech
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    customising wordpress.com is shoving your own header into Regulus.

    You got me all excited, but you meant header image.

    Here I thought I was going to be able to get the statistic features of Google Sitemaps working.

    #16317

    nosysnoop
    Member

    But you pay for TypePad. I would think if you pay, that the site would run a little bit more smoothly. I know everything in computer land is never 100%. But if we’re paying them, I thought it would run smoother. After my whole Blogger fiasco, I got the one month free account at TypPad to check out. Damn it’s confusing. Took me forever to figure out the different sidebars called ‘Lists’ and each type of sidebar is a different List. Then there were pages and pages of things to read to customize your blog. I just wanted one little picture as my header but I gave up and decided to stay here. :)

    #16318

    cornell
    Member

    By the time you’re talking about paying for something, you might as well get hosted and install WordPress, software which you’re now used to…

    ;o)

    #16319

    drmike
    Member

    But you pay for TypePad. I would think if you pay, that the site would run a little bit more smoothly.

    Granted but that always doesn’t happen. Heck, even my servers go down on occasion. (They do have monitoring though and usually come right back up.)

    Can’t say the same for my offsite websites though right now. *sigh*

    #16320

    xexagon
    Member

    In defence of Blogger, you can pretty much customise your blog as much as you like, if you take the time to learn their slightly odd system of tags (and how they relate to the HTML and CSS). The documentation is poor, but some are attempting to remedy that (these are at a very early stage):

    Murder is Bad – Customising Blogger

    As far as I’m aware, this is the only free blogging system that allows such a degree of customisation, even if it can be flakey (it’s especially annoying when using lists!)

    Anyway, I think I’ll take the plunge and install WordPress somewhere myself; that seems to be the next logical step.

    #16321

    drmike
    Member

    xexagon, that’s not a defence when the same option has allowed folks to go in and hack sites and bring their servers down. Please take a few minutes and read the FAQ on the subject. (Granted, it uses MySpace examples but there have been Blogger examples in the past in there as well but they are no longer on line.)

    And, once again, security outweighs features around here. I, for one, would have know my site is up and running instead of being hacked or down thanks to some 12 year old who allowed a hacker in just because they wanted the latest pop video or flashing text on their site.

    #16324

    xexagon
    Member

    Dr Mike,

    I don’t want to use javascript, I just want to be able to modify the CSS (I can already use HTML on WordPress). For example, it’d be nice if I could change the font on my blog, or get all my links underlined, or maybe move the link bar to the right hand side.

    I can understand why WordPress doesn’t allow this: there wouldn’t be much point in installing it yourself. But it is the only thing that keeps me with Blogger: in every other respect, WordPress is better.

    Ta,

    Xexagon

    #16325

    drmike
    Member

    I can understand why WordPress doesn’t allow this: there wouldn’t be much point in installing it yourself.

    Actually I guess that you don’t since that’s not the reason. Please remember that this is WordPress MultiUser here that runs the site, not regular WordPress. We share all of the theme files between users. If one was to change their CSS, that change would go into effect for everybody else. Andy gave an interview a short while ago that covered this.

    If you want to stay with Blogger and have your site be a target for hackers and all teh rest, feel free.

    And, yes, I’m tired of repeating this over and over again.

    #16326

    cornell
    Member

    Oh, but Drmike, blogger is just the best blogginh platform in the known multiverse…

    ;)

    #16327

    drmike
    Member

    *chuckle* And they keep winning awards. I know. The day I figured out that most of these mags just reprint Press Releases and call it their own research, I cancelled my subscriptions on hte ones that do.

    #16328

    xexagon
    Member

    drmike,

    I’m not saying Blogger is the best, I’m just saying it’s the only one that allows you to modify your page’s appearance. Allowing modification of CSS is not a security risk in and of itself. Besides, the page you linked to refered to javascript.

    From the interview you linked to:

    It’s probably possible to create a new templating system for WordPress so that anyone can make their own template without exposing things that should remain secure on the server.

    However, apologies for not searching the forum first. I only got here via a google search for ‘customising blogger’, and thought I’d comment.

    #16329

    nosysnoop
    Member

    I never had a problem with the Blogger template. After banging your head on your computer hours on end for even longer days on end, you eventually figure out the template and basic html. But they have so many technical problems and sooooooooo God damn slow. And they also labeled my site a spam site and destroyed it. But then apologized saying “sorry”.

    #16330

    drmike
    Member

    Allowing modification of CSS is not a security risk in and of itself.

    *chuckle* Wanna bet? Anyone else tempted to show him or her that that statement isn’t true?

    But considering that he or she didn’t even read the entire article I linked to, I guess it’s moot.

    #16331

    xexagon
    Member

    drmike,

    This is the article:

    Javascript – can I use that on my blog?

    No. Javascript can be used for malicious purposes and while what you want to do is okay it does not mean all javascript will be okay. The security of all the blogs here is paramount and until such time that we can guarantee that scripting languages will not be harmful they will not be permitted.

    If you need proof of what javascript can do, it took MySpace.com offline, (another source) and it also took the 2 million users of LiveJournal offline.

    You may want a bit of javascript and it may well be harmless but as soon as the system allows it someone will try and exploit it. Their goal would be to take this domain offline – is your need greater than all the blogs on here?

    All requests for javascript by way of the forums or feedback will be met with a ‘No’ for the above reasons.

    It clearly refers to javascript, and XSS is not CSS. Again, I apologise if I am missing something and there is a genuine security risk in allowing users to modify CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), but that is not what the article is saying.

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