Category Archives: WordPress.com

A Signature For Your Blog Post?

Have you ever thought about to add a signature to you blog post? Adding a signature to each post of you blog will no doubt bring your personal touch to your readers. It is an identity of representing you online. Moreover it brings an uniqueness to your blog as well. I was inspired by Lorelle VanFossen’s signature on her blog.

For WordPress.com Blog

I think it is fun to have your own signature for your blog just like you sign your signature in each email. It also serves a purpose: that is something uniquely reflects your personality. I like to do things differently because we are all unique in many ways. So if you are like me, then go ahead to create your unique signature using your desired program. Make sure you save your signature and copy and paste it at the bottom of each post. I use My Live Signature program to create mine here. What do you think?

For WordPress Blog (WordPress.org Blog)

If you have a WordPress blog, you can just download LiveSig v0.4 plugin here to your PC (personal computer). LiveSig: WordPress Plug provides step-by-step instructions of how to install it. Basically you do as follows:

  • Unzip LiveSigv0.4 file that you’ve just downloaded
  • Then upload it to this folder: public_html/wordpress-content/plugins/ using any FTP
  • Then login to your WordPress dashboard, and click on Plugins/LiveSig v0.4 to activate it
  • Finally click on Settings/LiveSig/LiveSig Options. Make sure you select an appropriate user, enter the corresponding MyLiveSignature code and hit Save button to save it

It is Free to obtain MyLiveSignature code, but you need to register in that site to get it. For a small amount of money, you can get animated signature code there too.

Would you like to have a signature for your blog post? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

My Signature

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How to Get Your WordPress.com Blog Verified By Google?

Update (8/12/10):
Okay here is a good news for anyone who tries to get a WordPress.com blog verified by Google. Thanks to @frannie84 who pointed out in her comment that now you can login to your blog’s dashboard, click on tools/tools to submit your blog to Google Webmaster Tools, Yahoo! Site Explorer, and Bing Webmaster Center. Enjoy! :)

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post, How to Add Google Sitemap to WordPress.com Blog?, which showed you how you can submit your blog’s feed to Google Webmaster Tools account. Now you might wonder how you can get your WordPress.com blog verified by Google too. It seems it is impossible to do that because we don’t have controls of our files; but hope is always there. The article, Get your WordPress.com Blog Google Verified, will guide you the way of how to do that. Still I want to show you the way I got my WordPress.com blog verified here:

  • Once you got one; sign in with it.
  • If this is the first time you sign in, then type your blog’s/website’s URL (the address for your blog/website) in the text field and click on Add Site.
  • Under Verified? Click on the button Verify.
  • A new window is shown; saying Verification Status: NOT VERIFIED.
  • In the drop-down list; choose Upload a HTML File.
  • More information will be shown here. You have two choices to submit your blog/website:
  1. I’ve created a file named google2ae4cd3d07afcb8a.html.
  2. I’ve uploaded the file to http://yoursitename.wordpress.com/ and can view http://yoursitename.wordpress.com/google2ae4cd3d07afcb8a.html in my browser.

(google2ae4cd3d07afcb8a.html is given by Google. You’ll get your own)
(Make sure you replace yoursitename with your own domain name.)

  • Since you know we don’t have controls of our files; so we’ll go for the choice 1.
  • Go to your WordPress.com dashboard, click on Pages/Add New to create a new page named http://yoursitename.wordpress.com/google2ae4cd3d07afcb8a.html. This page can be empty. Make sure you change yoursitename to be your own domain name. (Keep it private once Google has verified your blog/website)

Now wait for Google to update your status. Google Webmaster Tools will inform you once your blog/website are being verified. After you’ve succeeded, you will enjoy reports about your pages’ visibility on Google.

Would you like to get your WordPress.com blog verified by Google? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

Comparison of Google Blogger and WordPress.com Blog

As a new blogger, you probably like to choose a Free blog service to get started. Both Google blogger and WordPress.com provide this kind of Free service you can get. However, you may want to find out the similarities and differences between them before you decide to pick one. Since I own both Google Blogger and WordPress.com blog, I can tell you what the similarities and differences between them:

Google Blogger WordPress.com
Requires minimal HTML knowledge
No need to know anything about HTML
Allows CSS edit Don’t allow CSS edit unless you upgrade it
Allows Google AdSense & new Amazon products
Don’t allow any third-party codes
Allows you to edit HTML code Can’t access any files
Allows you to add your own footer Can’t do anything about the footer
new Now it allows you to create pages Allows you to create pages
new Now it allows you to import and export other blogs Allows you to import and export other blogs
Layout is narrow but can be modified Has more variety wider themes
No trackback service instead it has backlink services Has trackback service
No comment spam protection Offers free anti-spam protection (Akismet)
Can add images & videos Can add images, videos, audio, and media
Labels (can be Categories/Tags) is available Tags and Categories are available
Can add your own widgets Some themes came with certain widgets. Allows you to add text widgets
Hard to redirect to your paid-hosting server Can easy redirect to your paid- hosting server
Allows you to schedule future-dated posts Allows you to schedule future-dated posts
Has OpenID Service Has OpenID Service
new Now it has undo/redo function in its editor Has undo/redo function in its editor
No table function in its editor No table function in its editor
Comment editor is in-line Comment editor is in-line
Allows you to moderate comments Allows you to moderate comments
Offers feed service Offers feed service
No Blog Stats, no Blog Surfer, and no Tag Surfer services Offers Blog Stats, Blog Surfer, and Tag Surfer services
new Now it allows your readers to sign up Allows your readers to sign up

These are all I can recall so far. Make a wise decision before you choose one. For me I prefer Google Blogger since it allows me to hack the codes the way I like. I also like my self-hosted WordPress blog too for it also allows me to study those PHP files there.

However, if you are thinking to temporarily use a Free blog service and eventually transition it to a paid-hosting service. Then I suggest you to get WordPress.com blog since it will make your life easier when one day you are ready to pay for your own hosting.

WordPress.org blog doesn’t give those limitations listed above from WordPress.com. See The Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org here. WordPress.org gives all the freedoms you need; no limitations such as posting third-party codes. Moreover you can have full access to all the files.

Would you like to use Google Blogger or WordPress.com blog? Please leave a comment below.

Update: I’ll add updates to this post whenever I recall some features about Google Blogger vs. WordPress.com. More updates have been added. See the items marked new.

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Using or Not Using Smilies on Your Blog

Yesterday I wrote a post, What Can You Do With Your API Key? After I published it, I saw this smiley 8) showing up on my blog. I was wondering how I got that. I knew I am pretty new to WordPress.com. Moreover, I did not learn how to use smilies yet. Besides I am not a big fan for using smilies. So I was really puzzled. I checked my editor but didn’t see anything on its toolbar showing us how to use any smilies. I searched the Internet for an answer. From What smilies can I use?, I found out that ‘8)’ was the main reason for displaying this smiley 8) (meaning cool) on my blog.

In my post, What Can You Do With Your API Key? I had a date written as (4/28/2008), but it was truncated to be (4/28/200 and turned ‘8)’ to be 8) . It was all messed up. If you don’t want to use any smilies, then you can turn it off from your admin panel. Login to your WordPress Dashboard, click on Settings/Writings, find Formatting, uncheck Convert emoticons like :-) and :-P to graphics on display. After you’ve done that, make sure you click on Save Changes button to save it. See the screenshot below:

Smilies Setup

Would you like to use smilies on your blog? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

Update: I know many people love to use smilies. I become to like it a little bit. Occasionally I will use some of them. I guess if you know how to control them, then they will not mess up your blog. You can bookmark this post for future reference. I even come back to check how each similey is represented here whenever I need to use them.

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Where Did ‘Possible related posts’ Come From?

Today I found out that something I didn’t write but showed up as Possible related posts in one of my posts. I checked my original post I’d written; but did not see anything showing up like those links there. I was wondering where did they come from.

I searched WordPress.com Forum and I found an answer to this mystery: How do I remove something I didn’t write from a post?. Actually WordPress.com provides extra features. See the screenshot below:Possible Related Posts

You can find them by clicking on Design/Extras from your WordPress.com Dashboard. If you leave the second one as default, which is unchecked, then Possible related posts will show up in your post. I don’t mind to use it as long as the links to my posts are relevant. However I don’t like the fact that once you chose to use this feature you can’t control what links to be shown; and not all of the Possible related posts are relevant anyway.

Where did ‘possible related posts’ come from? Would you like to turn it on? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

Note: Now Appearance is used instead of Design.