Recently, there has been some discussion around whether Jetpack is bloated. Hmm, actually, we’ve been talking about that for years… Anyway, the interesting part to me isn’t whether Jetpack is bloated, it’s why Jetpack is bloated.
While catching up on some old podcasts, specifically Episode 82 of WordPress Weekly, I came across a discussion about WordPress beta testing. The discussion centers around the problem of bugs not being caught during beta testing because there just aren’t enough beta testers.
To me, the solution seems straightforward – but that may be because I worked in the software industry for 10 years and have experience in software release management, so I’ll take the long path and set the scene properly.
So, some things have changed since 2007 – I now use the very same permalink structure I warn against below. There are a few reasons for this:
- WordPress now deals with permalink structure changes much better these days and will automatically 301 redirect the old URLs for you (in most cases).
- Even if WordPress didn’t do it automatically, I’m now comfortable setting up 301 redirect via .htaccess (which is what I do, because I don’t quite trust leaving it to WordPress).
- Having the category in the permalink does provide SEO benefits – I don’t care so much about getting the keywords in the URL (you can get that through postname), but I do like the benefits for the site structure (pseudo folders creating a silo structure).
There are still some problems with the
/%category%/%postname%/ permalink structure: if you have a lot of pages (more than 50ish), this permalink structure can really slow down your site. Having said that, even this problem is likely to disappear, as it looks like they’ll change the way this works in WordPress 3.3.
This is only my second post since launching www.scratch99.com and I’ve already changed the Permalink structure! In this article, I examine why my original structure:
doesn’t work for me. Continue reading
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
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…
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.