• # June 17, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I need to put up a blog for a website and since I haven’t done so before, I would like your recommendations/suggestions as to what you use. So far I’m checking into Eblog, WordPress, and the free portion of Expression Engine. What do you use?

    # June 17, 2008 at 9:04 pm

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    CSS-Tricks run on WordPress and I am a big fan of it. Although, I can’t speak for any of those others, as my experience is limited. I am awaiting the day I need a more fleshed out CMS so I can try Joomla or Drupal though.

    # June 18, 2008 at 11:48 am

    I do like your blog site and I think it works well. In your experience, was it easy to set up and customize the functionality? I noticed you do not approve messages prior to posting. Do you worry about people posting inappropriate topics/content that are malicious or such in nature? Is there a control mechanism to view/approve messages before they are posted? Why did you pick WordPress? How is the management/back-end? What about errors/problems you have had? I will definitely download and give it a try, but any experiences you would like to share would be greatly appreciated. :D

    # June 18, 2008 at 12:05 pm

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    I have been recently using wordpress too and I like it too. To come to your questions: it is easy to set up and there is a conrol mechanism to view/approve messages before they are posted. But I think if you want much interactivity you should give it free and moderate after if needed, but that’s my opinion. I didn’t have error’s, it’s working very wel. And also a good thing of wordpress is that there are a lot of plugins for everything. So that’s me about wordpress. I should say: just give it a try :)

    # June 18, 2008 at 11:09 pm

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    The admin interface is pretty nice, and like Edwin said, there are a zillion plugins to extend functionality.

    I chose to auto-approve comments… just a personal choice. I get an email for each comment so if something gets published that is nasty I can moderate it right away. I don’t get much of that at all though. Askimet handles all the spam and I get very little of that too.

    # June 19, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I appreciate your input! I am definitely going to give WordPress a try. I’m hoping I have PHP support. I’ve never worked with PHP and MySQL before. I think I’m going to have a learning curve. :idea: The auto-approve module sounds great and I’ll give it a try. This way I moderate without stopping the flow of postings. I’ve never heard of Askimet? :?: Does that come with WordPress?

    # June 19, 2008 at 2:57 pm

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    You don’t have to know a lot about PHP to set-up wordpress. It’s very easy :)

    Askimet doesn’t ring a bell by me either, I think it’s an anti-spam script inside wordpress?

    A little googling says that’s that: Stop Comment Spam and Trackback Spam – Akismet :)

    # June 19, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    :o HELP! I’ve downloaded WordPress and MySQL (which I’m not familiar with either). I’ve read the Famous 5-minute install. Opened the wp-config-sample.php and then I got lost :? because I do not have a database setup so that I can input the information.
    // ** MySQL settings ** //
    define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘putyourdbnamehere’); // The name of the database
    define(‘DB_USER’, ‘usernamehere’); // Your MySQL username
    define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘yourpasswordhere’); // …and password

    I’m used to working with Access database and Coldfusion and I’m really lost getting started.
    Can you point me in the right direction?

    # June 19, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Chris you should do a screencast on setting up a blog with wordpress on a server.

    it would be great.

    # June 20, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Yes, a screencast would be great. My problem right now is creating a database in MySQL. In MYSQL Command Line Client for version 5.0.51b-community I entered the command CREATE DATABASE blog and also tried CREATE SCHEMA blog but nothing seems to happen. It seems like a simple thing. Any advice as to what I’m doing wrong?

    # June 28, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I would prefer a screencast on going from PSD to WordPress theme… or perhaps just frm CSS/HTML to WordPress theme. Or both! Although I know there is an existing PSD to HTML screencast!

    # June 29, 2008 at 6:24 am

    I would get involved with MyPHPAdmin, it makes SQL a breeze. Not that its a hard language to get BUT its nice to have a visual representation.

    # June 29, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Are you running locally in your machine? If so, download Mamp (OSX) or Wamp, Xampp (Windows) and create the database.

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