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Facebook alternative

Overwhelming support was demonstrated for a start up working on a privacy-respecting alternative.

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Which WordPress? .com or .org

Considering Word Press for your blog or site? Notice there are two different choices, a free blog at wordpress.com or your WP blog on your own host like MediaTemple or GoDaddy, which you download from wordpress.org.

Confused about which one to choose?

In a nutshell, the free version at WordPress.com constrains you to their templates but takes care of hosting and upgrades. The ability to edit the CSS is an add-on for a (minimal) fee. If you are asking “what is CSS” then the free version is enough to do great blogging as long as you can live with a template (the look) that others might be using too.

The version you put on your own host gives you or your designer much more design freedom. It lets you add many more widgets — widgets built by anyone who can figure out how. It also requires you to do the upgrades whenever an improvement or security issue arises. This can be a real hassle if you don’t love spending time hunting down plugin developers and overcoming upgrade incompatibilities that make you site go wonky.

Read a longer list of differences here:
http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/


Online Identity Managing

Today I am working on knowing what my online identity for Julie Vetter and julievetter looks like, using tips from http://www.reachpersonalbranding.com

Started with the online identity calculator, which gave me a pretty good score. Give it a try, see how visible, invisible, or accurate your online identity is.

http://www.onlineidcalculator.com/index.php


New site launch – CecileH

http://cecileh.com

Cécile is an image consultant in Paris, France and also offers personal shopping.


Help! I want a favicon, I mean blavatar

Let’s clear this up once and for all. You get a WordPress blog and then notice that other blogs don’t have the Word Press icon next to their URL in their address bar.

wordpress_com

First, you have to know what the cute little thing is named. It is called a “favicon” due to it originally showing when you added a site to your favorites in Internet Explorer.*

Second, you need to that WP gave it their own name, Blavatar.  If you search for “favicon” in Word Press Help there are instructions on how to add your own:

http://support.wordpress.com/avatars/blavatars/


Response-o-Matic form

Even in html only mode, WP strips out the code that lets Response-o-Matic work on Typepad.com sites. Still no solution for needing forms and wanting a WP blog hosted at WP to avoid doing all the upgrades. WordPress lets you add polls now so maybe it is a matter of time.

Name:
Telephone Number
Email Address:
Your level?

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Your Preference?

Group
Individual

Comments or Questions?


free forms


Google docs free form

Google docs lets you create free forms and embed them in your web pages. You can embed the form in your TypePad site or Blogger site (duh, Google owns Blogspot/Blogger) but not a WordPress.com site hosted at WordPress or a SquareSpace site.

(See my futher comments at http://julievetter.typepad.com/main/2009/04/google-free-form.html )

The embedded i-frame html gives you the below error.

<p>&lt;p&gt;Loading…&lt;/p&gt;</p><p>&lt;p&gt;Loading…&lt;/p&gt;</p>

As you can see, it does not work here, even pasting in the html editor after turning off the WYSIWYG editor in your user preferences.

By the way, this wysiwyg vs html editing issue is the cause of much frustration – read these forum posts if you are trying to paste in content from your other blogs or having trouble formatting your posts:
http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/edit-html-within-post?replies=9
http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/how-to-edit-html-codes-of-page-and-add-our-own-html-or-js-code?replies=5