First Changes to My New WordPress Installation

new wordpress thesis installationThe content below used to be on the page called “Updates.” I no longer need to keep track of changes to my site, so I’m moving this to a regular post under the WordPress category. This page simply lists all the changes I made to my site during the first month after I installed Thesis/WordPress. It might give you some ideas for what to do after a fresh WP install.

Nov. 28, 2009

  • Updated a few posts with new formatting styles.

Nov. 27, 2009

Nov. 26, 2009

Nov. 23, 2009

  • Added custom default Gravatar image.

Nov. 21, 2009

  • Added social network links and widgets after the content of each post.

Nov. 20, 2009

Nov. 19, 2009

  • Spent most of the day trying to ignore the constant stream of complaints about the new Twitter RT feature.
  • Started writing a rant about stupid people.

Nov. 17, 2009

  • Changed home page <meta name="description" /> content (back to my ASCII art version).
  • Configured Comment Link Manager to whitelist a few comment authors.
  • Enabled nested comments.

Nov. 16, 2009

Nov. 14, 2009

  • Installed the Comment Link Manager plugin, which requires comment authors to have 10 approved comments before their links become active.
  • Installed the PS Disable Auto Formatting plugin, which prevents WordPress from adding/deleting <p> and <br />.
  • Modified my Twitter icon again. This time I made it into a sprite to reduce page size and speed up the hover effect.
  • Started adding content to my About page.

Nov. 13, 2009

  • Installed the TweetMeme WordPress plugin.
  • Modified a Twitter icon to use for “Follow Me” link.

Nov. 12, 2009

  • Updated to WordPress 2.8.6.
  • Set up the MyBrand feature on Feed Burner. Feed URL is now
  • Installed the FeedBurner FeedSmith plugin.
  • Added Subscribe links to right-hand column.
  • Enabled the Google XML Sitemap plugin.
  • 301 redirected all date archive URLs to the home page. Here’s the mod_rewrite code I added to .htaccess:
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/[0-9]+/ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ [R=301,L]

Nov. 11, 2009

  • Battled the DNS monster some more today and finally defeated that beast. Site should be up and running now.
  • Removed the smiley face image [ WordPress Stats smiley ] that’s inserted by WP Stats.
  • Added Updates tab to top navigation.

Nov. 10, 2009

  • I spent most of today battling the semi-functional DNS dashboards on 3 different hosting sites. Site will be down until DNS propagates. Probably could have avoided down time if I were patient, but I’m not…so to the 20 people who visit my site today: I apologize.

Nov. 9, 2009

  • In preparation for setting up my blog feed at, I’ve started to move my site from its cheap hosting over to my VPS hosting.

Nov. 4, 2009

  • Wrote a post called Best Way to Research Google Patents.
  • Removed the Thesis default header and added my own.
  • Added some sweet, sweet shadow effects to my new header logo and some <h2>headings.
  • Here is the code I added to the custom_functions.php file:
// Remove the Thesis header
remove_action('thesis_hook_header', 'thesis_default_header');

// Define my own header
function mofo_header() {

&lt;div id="logo_mofo"&gt;

&lt;div id="domain_mofo"&gt;&lt;a href="/"&gt;&lt;em&gt;SEO&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span&gt; &lt;/span&gt;mofo&lt;span id="dot_mofo"&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;com&lt;/div&gt;


&lt;div id="slogan_mofo"&gt;The &lt;span&gt;&amp;uarr;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;b&gt;SEO&lt;/b&gt; links to my home page!&lt;/div&gt;



// Add my header
add_action('thesis_hook_header', 'mofo_header');

Nov. 3, 2009

  • Wrote a post called Thesis Phi-Column Layout. In it, I marked up phi with <var></var>tags, despite the fact that φ represents an irrational constant. Does that make me a bad person?
  • Changed a bunch of formatting in custom.css file.

Nov. 2, 2009

  • Added favicon code to <head> section.
  • Changed Twitter widget settings to show last 3 tweets.
  • Installed the Syntax Highlighter Evolved plugin.
  • Changed Thesis default formatting for the “current” tabs so that it shows a pointer when you mouse over it (instead of the text cursor). Here’s the CSS I added to custom.css: li.current a:hover{cursor:pointer;}
  • Edited .htaccess file to redirect /blog to /.
  • I’ve also temporarily deactivated my XML Sitemap plugin and the ping-o-matic feature until I’m ready for the new URLs to be crawled.
  • Installed the Subscribe to Comments plugin.

Oct. 30, 2009

Oct. 29, 2009

Oct. 25, 2009

  • Wrote a crapost about a typo/bug I discovered in the Thesis font formatting options, but then Thesis 1.6 was released and the typo/bug disappeared.

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