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Mayvelous on DreamHost

Did I mentioned I purchased 2 years DreamHost plan? I think I’ve twitted about it. I got some good promo code and got a good deal of $42.96 for 2yrs. That great deal is already passed but if you happen to purchase a year plan, you can try this code 117M, that should chop down a few bucks.

I’ve been wanting to switch over DreamHost for ages but due to my limited knowledge on LAMP platform and DreamHost price is a bit expensive compare to my .net host, I couldn’t dare to test it out. But with this good promotion deal, I can afford to play around on DreamHost for 2years.

I want to keep my current DotNetPark windows hosting too in case if I happen to host .net site but I don’t plan to publish a new site anytime soon; I only have this mayvelous blog and 1 hosting should be sufficient enough.

Anyhow, now mayvelous.com is sitting on DreamHost and I’ve placed quite a lot of plugins which I couldn’t with previous Windows host. Mayvlous is now with,

  • Friendly URL
  • Related Post Links under each post
  • Photo Gallery
  • Post Rating stars
  • Affiliate Logos & Links at the side bar
  • A few widget ads programs which can only seen by certain countries

and many new plugins I’m still playing. I want to change my theme too but I still love the current one and too lazy to search for good themes so I’ll leave it as it is for now. Ok, Just drop by to say hello and let you know the updates…right, that’s about it. :)

Just done upgrading mayvelous with the latest WordPress 2.7
Love the admin so much; this is posted with QuickPress. Got DB error while upgrading and I stupidly forgot to save the error. I did ctrl+C but wasn’t copied well and lost the error message. All plugins seem to be working except FlickrRSS plugin; I don’t see the photos anymore. I just looked through quickly and very satisfy with the new admin look.
I notice it’s quite slow compare to previous version or may be my net is just slow?
I think it’s too long for QuickPress post already, so am stopping now. I’ll be back soon as my two weeks holiday starts from next week and hope to blog again. :)

Updated: 12/12/08
I had a problem with Myanmar unicode posts which turned into weird characters and ??? after the upgrade. Seem like my DB Collation and Character encoding changed into latin1_swedish_ci while upgrading the DB.

I fixed it using this plugin: g30rg – UTF-8 Database Converter.
The plugin says it’s not supported for this version of wordpress but I got no choice. I just close my eyes and convert away. Luckily, the conversion went fine and all my Myanmar posts back to normal.

One more weird thing after the conversion was that, this post (posted last nite with QuickPress) got cut off and only the first line was there. I don’t know how it happened, I checked the file versions but all got cut off too. Luckly (again) I was able to retrieve the content back from my feed and here I am updating the post.

Thanks so much Ma Nay Nay for informing me about the problem last night.

This is definitely something interesting for me to try out; I just read a short post on Blogging Pro about Microsoft Web Application Installerand thought it might interest some of you so just passing on.

Previously, to deploy a php application eg. wordpress, on Windows, we have to use something like XAMPP (that’s what I used anyways) and the like, do some configurations, pull hair and throw some fits to be able to deploy successfully.

Now they’ve released this thing called Microsoft Web Application Installer, which is a freeware and suppose to ease those pain while deploying.

The Web Application Installer Beta is designed to help get you up and running with the most widely used Web Applications freely available for your Windows Server. Web AI provides support for popular ASP.Net and PHP Web applications including Graffiti, DotNetNuke, WordPress, Drupal, OSCommerce and more.

System requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems are: Windows Vista RTM, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008
  • You must have administrator privileges on your computer to run Web Platform Installer Beta
  • .NET 2.0 Framework
  • Supported Architectures: x86 and 64-bit

Detail feature reading and some Q&As here.

Sounds simple enough. Oh yah, me want, me want, I want WP on my Vista!!!
So lets test it out, download Microsoft Web Application Inataller here and instruction to install wordpress.

Alrite, here I go…………..

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Here is one good site I came across (via barnyar, I think). It’s a very neat blog (wp platform), well organized categories for authors, download links using Megaupload, very clean no ad (yet) and might become users generated content site like any other ebooks share sites in the future as they accept contribution from users. I’m very much impressed with the site as I find many good books I like. I found two books from my favorite author Juu. Gonna download them soon. One of the advantages for providing a site like that in blog format is that you can roll the feed and keep yourself updated regularly than the normal static sites. So good work whoever the owners are.

ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကို တစ္စုတစ္စည္း တစ္ေနရာထဲမွာ ေဒါင္းလုပ္ လုပ္ႏိုင္ရန္ ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ၿဖင့္ ဒီဘေလာ့ကို ဖန္တီးၿခင္း ၿဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အခု ကၽြန္ေတာ္မွာ႐ွိတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကို အရင္တင္ေပးသြားမည္ ၿဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ေနာက္ထပ္ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကိုလည္း ႀကိဳးစားၿပီး စုေဆာင္းပါမယ္။ စုေဆာင္းလို႕ ရသမွ်ကိုလည္း ဒီဘေလာ့ေလးမွာ တင္ေပးသြားမွာပါ။ ကၽြန္ေတာ္ မသိေသးတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္ေတြ အမ်ားၾကီး ႐ွိေသးပါတယ္။ မိတ္ေဆြတို႔မွာလည္း ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ား႐ွိရင္ မွ်ေဝေပးေစလိုပါတယ္။ မိတ္ေဆြတို႔ မွ်ေဝေပးတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကိုလည္း ဒီဘေလာ့ေလးမွာ ၿပန္လည္တင္ေပးသြားမွာပါ။ တစ္ကယ္လို႕ မိတ္ေဆြတို႔မွာ႐ွိတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကို မွ်ေဝေပးခ်င္တယ္၊ မိတ္ေဆြတို႔သိတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္လင့္မ်ားကို ေပးခ်င္တယ္ ဆိုရင္ေတာ့ myanmar.ebooks@gmail.com ကို ပို႔ေပးၾကပါ။ အားလံုးကို အထူး ေက်းဇူးတင္႐ွိပါတယ္။

Just one small thing I like to see/suggest is to put the book covers in each post and if possible a brief intro/description of the book. But I know it could be too much hussel for the site owner as he got to manage lots of books and some books might not have covers. But just a thought anyways as it will make it much prettier and informative for each post. The site is very new so I bet they might be doing lots of improvments later on. (like replacing default wp blogroll list with related myanmar ebook site links etc)

It’s a good thing they have “Help” page explaining how to use Megaupload and also provided the login info. Very thoughtful indeed. Note: Once you click on the category link, it will direct you to a page with all entries for that particular category/author. Download links are disabled there and you have to click post title to get to proper page with enabled download link. So, don’t think that the downloads are unavailable, just click around and you’re set to go. Visit the site: Myanmar Ebooks

Oh check out the “Credits” page write up. I find it quite amusing especially the last sentence. Becareful, you might twist and tangle your tongue as I did. Let me count how many “mm-ebooks” word they used in that one paragraph……..they need one more “mm-ebook” word to have 10 in total so how about adding “Thank you, mm-ebook admin” in the end as the closing paragraph. hehe that should make it total of 10.

ဒီဘေလာ့မွာ ႐ွိေသာ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)မ်ားမွာ အင္တာနက္ထဲမွာ ႐ွာေဖြျပီး ေဒါင္းလုပ္ လုပ္ကာ ျပန္လည္တင္ထားျခင္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲဲ့ အမ်ားစုမွာကေတာ့ ခ်ယ္ရီသစၥာမွ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕မွာ ျမန္မာျပည္သားမွ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕ေတြကေတာ့ ဖိုရမ္မ်ား ႏွင့္ သူငယ္ခ်င္းမ်ား ဆီမွ ရထားျခင္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕ေတြကေတာ့ ဘယ္ဆီကရသည္မွန္း မမွတ္မိေတာ့ပါ။ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)ဘေလာ့သို႔ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)မ်ား၊ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)လင့္မ်ား ေပးပို႔ခဲ့လွ်င္ ေပးပို႔သူမ်ား အမည္ကို ေဖာ္ျပေပးေစလိုပါက ပို႕(စ္)၏ေအာက္တြင္ ေဖာ္ျပေပးပါမည္။ အကယ္၍ အမည္မေဖာ္ျပေပးေစလိုပါက ေဖာ္ျပမည္မဟုတ္ပါ။

မည္သို႕ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)ရ႐ွိခဲ့ေသာ ဆိုက္မ်ား ၊ ဖိုရမ္မ်ား ၊ သူငယ္ခ်င္းမ်ား ႏွင့္ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)ဘေလာ့သို႔ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)မ်ား၊ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)လင့္မ်ား ေပးပို႔သူမ်ား အားလံုးကို ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)ဘေလာ့မွ အထူးေက်းဇူးတင္႐ွိပါသည္။

Check out the parent site ie. www.mmblogs.net too. I think they’re using WordPress MU and providing free blog service on my favorite wp platform which is very cool indeed. They got a good write up on what their site is all about and some rules and regulations. The only thing I don’t see that they should have is the network user links. Should provide the links of all those blogs that using their service. It’ll be good to see how people make use of their service don’t ya think so?

Anyways really appreciate the good effort from both sites. Do visit and check them out, I bet you’ll enjoy it. Just spreading the word with Link Love.

WP.com New Widgets

Over at WordPress.com, 3 new features have been added. Out of them, “Contact Form” features is very higly awaited feature and now it’s been out.

Here’s how: put

[contact-form]
in any post, and a simple contact form asking for the sender’s name, email address, website and comment will be inserted. When someone submits a message through the form, you receive that message in an email.

Other two include:
# Box.net Filesharing Widget
# More Slideshows

Personally, I don’t like slideshows so won’t be of much use for me but contact form is definitely a yes and the filesharing widget too. There are some more widget goodies under “Presentation Sidebar Widget” tab so check them out yarrh.

Disable Snap Preview

Lately you see lots of snap preview popups on websites mainly on wordpress.com sites and getting really annoyed with it. It blocks the link view and somewhat messy when you got numerous close links. I guess snap is good for portfolio kind of websites and shouldn’t apply it to all the links on your site but to only particular section. Anyway now you can disable snap by a click of a mouse.

Here is how: Disable Snap Preview Anywhere. | Via: Kottke

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  • So they found some bugs in 2.0.6 and releasing a new version before they go into 2.1 at end of this month. Only a few files to upgrade though.

    Recently a bug in certain versions of PHP came to our attention that could cause a security vulnerability in your blog. We’re able to work around it fairly easily, so we’ve decided to release 2.0.7 to fix the PHP security problem and the Feedburner issue that was in 2.0.6.

    Here is the list of files that have changed since 2.0.6:

    • wp-admin/inline-uploading.php
    • wp-admin/post.php
    • wp-includes/classes.php
    • wp-includes/functions.php
    • wp-settings.php
    • wp-includes/version.php

    Download here. Toooo many upgrades…..a hint..

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