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.

Embedded Search Box In Google Search Results

| Created: May 27th, 2008
Search Engine Optimisation 16 Comments

I recently read a post which picked up a humourous (but offensive) result returned by Google Search via the sitelinks feature.

I thought I’d check it out to see if it had been fixed, either by Urban Dictionary or by Google themselves. However, when I tried the search, I didn’t get any sitelinks at all. Instead, I saw something I’d never seen before: a search box, embedded in the search results! Continue reading

Change To Google Search With Quotes

| Created: May 11th, 2008
Search Engine Optimisation 33 Comments

Following my own advice in my last post, about not sitting on semi exclusive news, I thought I better get this post out quickly! I’m not sure if this has been reported elsewhere, or even how long the change has been in place, but it seems that Google have made a tweak to their Search facility.

It’s only a very minor change, but may be of interest to some… Continue reading

Subscribe To Comments: Checked By Default Removed

| Created: May 10th, 2008
WordPress Opinion 16 Comments

Lesson to be learned: When you are sitting on semi exclusive news, POST IT! I originally wrote this on 29th March, but ran out of time to post it because of our move from China. Since then, Mark Jaquith himself has written about this, and others such as the Weblog Tools Collection have picked the story up. I decided I’d go ahead and post this, because my point about it being removed without warning still stands.

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Toolbar PageRank Update In Progress?

| Created: April 29th, 2008
Search Engine Optimisation 25 Comments

I’ve just noticed that both the Search Status extension for Firefox and the Google Toolbar for IE are reporting More Than Scratch The Surface as having a toolbar PageRank of 5. This is 1 higher than the PR4 the site had the last time I noticed (a couple of days ago). Continue reading

NOT All My Loving – CommentLuv Deactivated

| Created: April 10th, 2008
WordPress Opinion 48 Comments

This post was supposed to be titled All My Loving and announce the adoption of the CommentLuv plugin. In combination with my very own KeywordLuv plugin, I would have indeed been giving you all my loving. Unfortunately, I had a problem with CommentLuv and have deactivated it. For now…

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New WordPress Plugin – KeywordLuv

| Created: April 7th, 2008
WordPress Plugin News 79 Comments

I’d like to announce the release of KeywordLuv, my new WordPress plugin, but RT from Untwisted Vortex beat me to it, announcing it several days ago. I need to be quicker with this sort of thing! I don’t mind, as KeywordLuv was partially inspired by RT’s post on building backlinks via DoFollow blogs.

KeywordLuv helps you reward your commentators by separating their name from their keywords in the link to their site. This gives them improved anchor text, which can help their site rank higher in the search engine results.

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Creating A JavaScript Array Dynamically Via PHP

| Created: March 20th, 2008
PHP Development 16 Comments
Update – 1 August 2013:
There are lots of suggestions in the comments that are better than my original solution. Also, with 5 years of hindsight, I’d approach it differently anyway! The way I’d do this now would be as follows:

<script type="text/javascript">
	var lcValues = <?php echo json_encode($myPHPArray); ?>;
</script>

So much simpler! PHP4 has almost disappeared so there’s no reason not to use json_encode. I’d recommend that you stop reading now and just go with that.

If you use PHP to create web pages, there may be times when you need to create a JavaScript array dynamically from a PHP array. This is not hard to do, but there is a trap you need to be careful of: dealing with arrays containing only a single element. Continue reading

Where Have All The WordPress Plugin Lists Gone?

| Created: February 27th, 2008
WordPress Opinion 18 Comments

When I recently finished the LocalCurrency plugin, I tried adding it to the various WordPress plugin lists that exist and found that several are gone!

I’m not talking about individual lists on people’s blogs listing which WordPress plugins they use.  There are many of these! I’m talking about complete lists or repositories of all WordPress plugins in existence (or as close as possible).

In this post I look at a several WordPress plugin lists which have been removed, are down, or don’t seem to have any people running them. Continue reading

New WordPress Plugin – LocalCurrency

| Created: February 25th, 2008
WordPress Plugin News 12 Comments

I’ve been pretty quiet for the last couple of weeks, mainly due to offline endeavours. However, I did find time to finish off a new WordPress plugin called LocalCurrency, that allows you to show currency values to your readers in their local currency.

For example: If a post contains 10 yuan, a user from Australia will see 10 yuan (AUD$1.53), while a US user will see 10 yuan (USD$1.39). Continue reading

Chinese New Year – Introducing My New China Blog

| Created: February 7th, 2008
Make Money Online 24 Comments

Happy Chinese New Year! The arrival of the Chinese New Year seems like a good time to announce my new blog at jobsinchina.com. Primarily a blog, for now, JobsInChina will cover issues related to living and working in China. Continue reading