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Dead Links On Your Blog?

If you provide a lot of resources such as mp3s like our blog, then finding dead links might be a pain.

Fortunately, I found websites that will help assist with finding broken URLs!

LinkScan/QuickCheck – Displays not only the bad link but includes the HTML so that you can locate the bad link on your webpage quickly! It’s offered online, so you don’t have to download a program to your computer. This website only will scan one webpage at a time (though for my purposes I preferred this instead of going through the entire website). The site will mark broken links with a red sad face. For a link that isn’t broken but doesn’t have the file in the URL it says ‘warning’ or ‘missing’ and marks it with a yellow exclamation mark. It marks possible errors (a timeout in my case), with an orange smiley face.

My experience thus far, does show that the results aren’t 100% accurate, as one or two broken links worked when I manually tested them.

If you’re looking something that’ll search all your links (which may take a long time) try:

Dead-links.com – Which will “crawl” through all the links on your page. However, unlike the top one, this tool only shows the bad link. Therefore finding the broken link in the actual post will be more time-consuming. The only solution I can think of right now is to go to the webpage you’re checking and download the html page (right click and click view page source), then search or find the reported bad link by copying and pasting the URL into the search field of your text editor.

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I thought I’d keep a post of links on how to install WordPress for myself. Maybe you’ll find it useful.

Webhost Requirements

Before installing or even downloading WordPress , (or signing up for a web host provider if you haven’t already), please ensure your web host meets the following requirements:

  1. PHP version 4.2 or greater
  2. MySQL version 4.0 or greater

Is WordPress For Me?

Here are some reasons you might want to install WordPress:

  • You want to manage a dynamically created website- creating webpages that are created when the webpage is accessed rather than created only when you make a new webpage and upload it.
  • You want a blog that can be customized to your liking without creating one from scratch (and have a knowledge of php and cascading style sheets). If you don’t know php or css, try using WordPress.com.
  • You want a content management system (CMS). However, keep in mind WordPress is primarily meant for blog users. Here’s a website that gives instructions on how to make WordPress a full-fledged CMS rather than just a blog.

Here are more specific WordPress features, such as dynamic webpages, user management systems, comments management and spam protection.

If WordPress is what you’re looking for, go ahead and begin downloading it.

Installing WordPress

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A post about eternal salvation causes Mike’s blog to make the (currently 20) top posts on wordpress. Currently with 37 comments thus far, it looks like the comments may keep increasing. Join the discussion.

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I changed the time zone for the posts. However it seems that the time change only affects new posts and not previous. Thus, there will be a discrepancy with the February 9th and Feburary 8th posts. This is written for archive purposes.

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If you haven’t noticed, when you hover over external links (links going to outsite sites), it will show a preview of the page in a little popup.

WordPress has been beta testing this feature, giving it to all wordpress blogs. Previously, only 10% of the blogs have the feature.

Snap comes from Idealab, based in Pasadena, California.

Disabling Snap

If you dislike the Snap popups on your wordpress blog, you disable snap by unchecking the box on the dashboard under presentation/extras.

A internet surfer can also disable Snap in their browser by clicking here, creating a cookie to disable the feature. If you delete the cookie, the Snap Preview will reactivate.

Other Info for Snap Users

By default, Snap Preview Anywhere only gives previews of external links, but you can enable it for internal links by inserting the code from here. Keep in mind, only WordPress users that can modify the code can do this. (Thus this blog cannot.)

Snap supports TypePad, WordPress, and Blogger.com and includes instructions on how to install the feature on your blog.

Snap can be modified to only preview or exclude designated links as well. For more information view their FAQ.

Snap uses Javascript and creates a snapshot image of a link when triggered by hovering over the hyperlink.

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When making a new password, you can use SecurityStats.com for guidelines and to “test” your password.

SecurityStats.com

Use a mix of upper case and lower case letters, symbols, letters, and numbers. Don’t use a word in the dictionary. (Password crackers sometimes use word lists from a dictionary)

Don’t use a password you use for other accounts.

For wordpress, I would recommend you avoid using your accountname as your nickname. My friend told me his ex-girlfriend hijacked his email, blog, and AIM screenname. Don’t share your password with anyone… especially your girlfriend. -.-

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In order to post YouTube on your wordpress.com blog follow the following instructions:

1. Click on the YouTube window

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Clicking on the YouTube window will bring you to YouTube’s website.

There you will find the YouTube URL:

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2. Highlight and Copy the URL found

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3. Insert the following code:

4. Paste the URL copied in step 2 into the code after the equal sign

Example: step4.jpg

5. Save and Publish

Notes: Make sure you do not include spaces in the brackets; doing so will only display the code as text.

  • References: (Please note that the code shown in the links includes spaces in the code- Took me awhile to figure out why following directions failed to work.)

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