Migration Update III

30 Dec

This will be less an update than a couple of questions I hope people can help me with. I’ve just posted my final Blogger message detailing my move to WordPress. I’m locked into this and think it will be a positive for my blog but there’s still a learning curve.

Now for the questions:

1) Some of you are pretty familiar with my blog. Do you have suggestions for themes which will work well for what I do?

2) At this point I need to manually approve any comments – at least when someone comments the first time. Is this the standard WP format or is there a way to edit it? I don’t know if I will edit it – I just want to know if I can.

3) In Blogger I always manually deleted spam. I haven’t received so many comments that I couldn’t pick out a message from a user named getviagranow and delete it. WP seems to have this akismet which does this automatically. Should I use that? Has it ever identified legit comments as spam?

I’ll note that one piece of web design where I prefer blogger is that when you click on an archive for older posts, initially it provides a drop-down with post titles where with WP you have to load the entire month’s worth of posts. Minor thing but I figured I’d mention it. I also need to work on my tags vs categories. Tags are loaded already. Ten-fifteen categories, if I can group them that tightly, should work nicely.

Thank you to those of you who have already helped. Expect a return to posts with some actual historical content this weekend.


Posted by on December 30, 2011 in Blogology



4 responses to “Migration Update III

  1. Michelle Ziegler

    December 30, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Themes are a very personal choice but I can make a few suggestions to themes I like that might work for you. “Quintus” is what I use on Heavenfield and Contagions and Tim Clarkson uses it at Senchus. Looking at these three blogs you can see how much you can customize the theme. Different background colors (two choices) and your own picture in the header, with your choice of widgets etc. I’ve also used “Fusion” before and I like it. I just updated the theme on my inactive blog Selah ( to Dusk to Dawn, apparently you can change the header graphic but I like it so I haven’t messed with it. “Elegant Grunge” is another one I like but I’ve never been able to get it set to make me happy for my blogs. For me, adding graphics to the header has a lot to do with which theme I pick. Almost all of these themes now are adjustable for which side the side bars on or if there is a footer with widgets.

    There is a way to edit approval of comments. Go to your general settings and look at all the tabs. I like approving the first because it clears out a lot of subtle spam. People posting just so their link appears in the comments.

    I’ve never had problems with akismet. You can look at what is trapped by akismat if you want to screen it for a while.

    • Curt Emanuel

      December 31, 2011 at 6:58 am

      Thanks Michelle – again. Quintus looks good. I’ve liked a couple of others too but some don’t have the widget options.

  2. Jonathan Jarrett

    January 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

    You can tweak settings for comments under the Settings -> Discussion option in the sidebar of your Dashboard (though I’m not at all sure whether all Dashboards look the same after reading some earlier comments). The options I have to tick or not are “Comment author must fill out name and e-mail”, “Users must be registered and logged in to comment”, and some that actually must be theme-specific because they deal with threading, and then further down, “An administrator must always approve the comment” and “Comment author must have a previously approved comment”, all of these togglable. There are also some options to deal with what things Akismet holds for moderation, particular text strings like certain drugs for example or too many links.

    I have had trouble with Akismet — for a while it always held Steve Muhlberger for moderation, I could never figure out why — but since the stats are available, I can tell you that since I started the blog, nearly seven years ago, in fact actually seven damn, missed another anniversary, it’s filed 75 real comments as spam, missed 201 that were spam (much more recently, but then there’s been much more spam recently) and successfully trapped… 59,743. So as you can see and as it proudly tells me, that’s 99.57% correct. And almost all the false positives were in 2009, too. I would therefore risk saying: it’s pretty good.

  3. Curt Emanuel

    January 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks Jonathan. Just went in there and tweaked some stuff. I went a bit looser – basically allowing anyone I’ve approved the first time to comment freely. If I find a problem with this I can always change it.

    Lot of stuff to figure out but I’ll get there.


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