Categories vs Tags

I found a couple plugins that make the tag and category features function the way I’d like.

  • Simple Tagging
    This plugin allows each post to have an associated set of tags. This enables a clean category system while still being able to show the subjects that each post talks about.
  • Simple Tagging Widget
    This widget Enables a cloud view of the tags in the sidebar.

Choosing a bookmarking plugin

Well, after evaluating a lot of templates, I’ve realized I’ll need a bookmarking plugin. There aren’t very many templates that contain the bookmarking widgets already.

Here are the ones I’ve tried:

  • Social Bookmark Plugin
    This one is OK. I like how you can dynamically choose which sites you’d like included in the list of links. It doesn’t have any graphics though and I like that.
  • Social Bookmarking
    This one caused a fatal error when I tried to activate it. I don’t feel like finding out why.
  • ObSocialBookmarker
    Ok, this one seems to do the trick.

Permalinks

I’ve played around quite a bit with link structure for various sites I’ve programmed. I’ve found that Google will index your pages whether they have a parameterized URLs:
http://somesite.example?param1=this¶m2=that
or parameterized Paths (Permalinks):
http://somesite.example/this/that
I think, however, that in general, search engines like the path portion of the URL better than they like than the query string for indexing search terms. In addition, it makes the URLs easier to read and understand what the page is about.

Hint, for WordPress, you can change the link structure of your site on the options tab. If you change the permissions of the .htaccess file in the WordPress installation, it will even write that file for you. For me, WordPress is running under the apache user account.

>chgrp apache .htaccess
>chmod g+w .htaccess
>ls -la .htaccess
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root apache 204 Oct 1 09:12 .htaccess

My new dumping ground

I need a place to dump all the stuff I work on from day to day. I was sitting thinking one day about what something like this would be called and the domain AllMyBrain.com popped into my head. I thought, “That’s perfect, exactly what I mean to do with this.” To my pleasant surprise, the domain was available.

So here it is. I hope to soon populate this with all things having to do with code, technology, games, funny things I run into, or just simply, whatever I decide is worthy of a blog post.

Until later…