Author Archives: Stephen Cronin

About Stephen Cronin

Stephen Cronin has worked in the software industry in Australia, UK and USA for 13 years. He has held senior positions including General Manager, Business Manager, International Product Manager and has also worked as web developer, project manager, trainer and support technician.

New WordPress Plugin – FeedEntryHeader

| Created: December 5th, 2007
WordPress Plugin News 21 Comments

I recently discovered that my feed was being scraped. It’s very frustrating to find your content appearing in full on another website – so I decided to do something about it.

The result? A new WordPress plugin called FeedEntryHeader that allows you to add a copyright statement and a link to the original article, to the top of your feed entries. Continue reading

WordPress Plugin – Simple Spam Filter Hack Available

| Created: November 23rd, 2007
WordPress Plugin News 17 Comments

Recently RT from Untwisted Vortex threw down a WordPress Plugin Rewrite Challenge, asking whether I’d rewrite the Simple Spam Filter plugin from Joe Tan. RT is a fan of Simple Spam Filter but felt that some additional checks would result in more spam being caught. Continue reading

WordPress 2.3 Breaks Articles Plugin – Solution

| Created: November 20th, 2007
WordPress Hacks 17 Comments

After my recent upgrade to WordPress 2.3.1, the Articles plugin by Alex King started showing my Articles under the wrong Categories. Fortunately, there is a solution posted on the WordPress Support site. Continue reading

WordPress Plugin – DualFeeds v1.1 Released

| Created: November 10th, 2007
WordPress Plugin News 10 Comments

I’m pleased to announce the release of DualFeeds v1.1 for WordPress.

This version includes many new features, including better support for FeedBurner, support for feed autodiscovery, improved summary feed and presentational elements to help promote your feeds. Continue reading

Feed Autodiscovery Guide

| Created: November 9th, 2007
WordPress Hacks 15 Comments

Most modern browsers can automatically detect feeds offered by websites with feed autodiscovery enabled. This makes it easier to subscribe to these sites. If your blog doesn’t have feed autodiscovery enabled already, you need to set it up. Why make it harder for people to subscribe to your site? Continue reading

Top 100 Australian Blogs (50 With A Bullet)

About 10 Comments

I recently applied to have More Than Scratch The Surface considered for the Top 100 Australian Blogs Index. I was pleasantly surprised when it entered the index at position 50! Continue reading

Final Thoughts On The PageRank Debacle

| Created: October 31st, 2007
Search Engine Optimisation 22 Comments

Many things have been said about the recent toolbar PageRank update. Most tend to agree that PageRank has lost relevance and that we shouldn’t place too much importance on it. Most of us feel it’s time to move on and stop talking about it. I’ll do that, but not until I’ve had a final say on the matter. Continue reading

Google PageRank From PR0 To PR4? Maybe…

| Created: October 27th, 2007
General 12 Comments

I’ve been an interested reader in the current PageRank blogstorm, but not an active participant. I haven’t been affected personally as this blog was created after the last toolbar update, so my PageRank has been 0.

After reading Andy Beard’s Real or Fake PageRank Update In Progress, I decided to see what the PageRank checkers were saying about my site. The answer: It seems I’ve jumped from PR0 to PR4! Continue reading

Roundup – Plugins, Milestones and Storms

| Created: October 25th, 2007
General 6 Comments

This is the first update / roundup style post on More Than Scratch The Surface. I originally thought I’d stick to articles, but I can now see the need to write about things that aren’t worth a full post. Expect to see these occasionally. Continue reading

New WordPress Plugin To Help Slow Widgets – Maybe

| Created: October 15th, 2007
WordPress Plugin News 48 Comments

Many people have been complaining about slow loading social widgets. You know the ones! I’ve written a WordPress plugin which may help, but there are some issues related to it and I’d like some advice. I have some specific people in mind, so I’ll ping them below.

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