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Directing Mistyped Domains

Today I wondered what would occur if someone visited my domain, but mistyped the sub-domain name (i.e., instead of There are a couple ways to account for this type of user error: The Specific Method If you want to be specific, you can create A Record‘s with your DNS provider that logically direct to the intended sub domain (so in my example above, I would create a new A Record that points “ to The Catchall (Wildcard) Method To create an all powerful sub-domain catchall, you simply need to create a wildcard DNS record.  So with my domain host, GoDaddy, I use the Zone Editor to create a new A Record with “*” for the name field and my server IP address for the IP field.

… and I can see I need to style my h classes

So I just checked that last post and can see that the <h> class tags haven’t seen styled. Here is an example of what I am seeing now: That’s obviously my fault as I recently changed over to the new theme, however I shall do more than fix this with simple CSS styling, I will also install a server app that shall render my h classes as customized Flash content (yet in the html code, will remain as <h> tags thereby not decreasing SEO friendliness, for improper formatting when viewed off-site (think RSS). To accomplish this feat, I will be using sifr.  The only concerns I have about it are that: I do not believe Flash will be in the future.  I do not see it as a foreward-facing technology and believe it to be one-day completely abandoned.  Apple is justtaking the lead on thsi assumptive concern now, but I believe the rest of the world shall follow. I do not like the load times I am seeing for it on a site that uses sifr, as evidenced by this measurement I took using (pictured below).  While I could rest [ ... ]

Converting Multiple WordPress Blogs into a WordPress 3.0 Multisite, part 1 of 1

I am about to embark upon the task of converting my various, separate WordPress installations into one central WordPress Multisite.  So, same separate blogs with their same separate domains, themes, customizations, plug-ins, and (most importantly) content … into one unified back end.  This was previously possible using WordPress MU, a sort of break-out from the primary WordPress project.  While I played around with MU a bit, I ultimately decided to go with separate installs as too many plug-in’s were incompatible with WordPress MU. Fortunately, the WordPress 3.0 upgrade adds what MU did, but into the official WordPress project.  Plug-in’s can be re-written to take advantage of global variables, but all plug-in’s and themes are un-effected by the transition as they still operate independently among the various blogs.  This is what I have been waiting for.  Finally, I can have what MU did, but can have it the way I always wanted it – practically seamless and certainly allowing for less work by me (as the admin) on separate back-ends. Therefore, this post shall document the transition from my multiple WordPress blogs into a WordPress 3.0 Multisite. First thing’s first – the WordPress Codex: Migrating Multiple Blogs into WordPress 3.0 Multisite WordPress 3.0 includes new [ ... ]

The Importance of Timing Where RSS Is Concerned

RSS Feed publication REALLY is all about timing (where Exposure is concerned), isn’t it? I skip 1,000 at a time to catch-up, only ever reading the first thing in the morning (think newspaper reading time), lunch, dinner, and MAYBE just before bed. Time your publication so your syndication isn’t wasted on your potential readership.

Wanted: A WordPress Plugin to Post iChat (.ichat) Files That Are Readable

I am seeking a WordPress plugin that would allow posters to add an Apple iChat transcript file so that it is both readable within the WordPress post and downloadable as the original name.ichat file.

Sub-Domain Ideas

So obviously I own my domain ( After reading about mapping my MX records for email to Google Apps, I started thinking of other ideas for my subdomains (current and future). Sub-Domain Ideas should resolve to primary domain on webhost (of course) should resolve to this blog should resolve to her blog should resolve to my hiking blog should resolve to my Dropbox ( should resolve to Apache running at home on my media server should resolve to to jabber server running on my web host should resolve to google apps per this post should resolve to a Telnet/ssh java-based control on a black background webpage that is automatically attempting to login to the webserver using ssh (green lettering – yeah). Installed tools would include Gopher, Lynx, Pico, Pine, etc. Just for fun. The ideas will keep coming I’m sure, but I think that this is a great start!
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Installing Plugins for WordPress

Busy installing and testing plug-in’s for the blog today. The list is quite large, but I am satisfied that, despite the amount of plug-in’s, I have the bare essentials for my design and usability desires. I snatched a few ideas from this wonderful article as well: From: The 13 Most Essential Plugins for WordPress – NETTUTS WordPress is a very powerful and flexible blog/content management system, but the thousands of plugins really help to extend the basic functionality. Here are 13 essential plugins that you should immediately install after finishing the WordPress installation.

Working with [caption id=”attachment_###”

From: WordPress › Support » Working with caption id=”attachment_###” I am using MarsEdit (OSX stand-alone blogging software) to publish to my WP blog and have everything working with the exception of one issue I am just confused about. I use captions for all embedded images in my posts and love the feature. The first part of the caption code reads: caption id="attachment_###" where “###” is a seemingly random number. How is that number generated (where does it come from)? Is it necessary for posting new photos with captions? While MarsEdit lets me template how each image is inserted, I don’t know what number to put in this part of the code. I found this documentation: WordPress › Support » Working with caption id=”attachment_###” Image Settings – Titles, Descriptions, Captions, etc. You can add captions to your images by using the “Image Caption” field in the “Add an Image” or the “Edit Image” window. WordPress Heart Button When you add a caption to an image, caption shortcode is inserted into the source code. The caption is also used as the alternate text for the image by default. Here is the source code for the image above right after inserting it. caption id="attachment_945" [ ... ]

Site Complete:

While I have been working on this site for some time now, Google Analytics for it are now online and functional and so it is finally complete.  Coronado Rancho Mirage is a local property development consisting of: From: Coronado Rancho Mirage Eight one-of-a-kind architectural masterpieces, nestled in the heart of Rancho Mirage. The location offers extreme privacy, restful quiet open spaces and expansive mountain views while affording easy access to all of the amenities that Rancho Mirage has to offer. On one+ acre estate lots, Coronado will be home to eight truly remarkable architectural creations, each individual and unique in concept and design. Each estate is separated by six foot berms and accented with attractive desert landscaping. Two curving streets of textured pavers lead you to each residence which is accessed by individual custom gates. The site is a hybrid between some standard html/php and iWeb library integration.  There is some limited Flash work utilized, but the primary focus for this client was to increase readability and maintain a higher SEO standard (as opposed to the last itteration of their site which was all Flask, AS2 and virtually unknown to search spiders).  [ ... ]
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