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  • Barbara Grady 9:22 pm on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    If the archive goes back up even for a short while, I will personally dedicate time to moving a large number of articles to a temporary WordPress site or to the new Oakland Local. I will stop whatever I am doing to take care of this. The archive has a gold mine of articles in it.

     
    • maiki 2:26 pm on March 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      We have plans to migrate the remaibing posts, but not immediately. Nothing is lost.

      The server that was hosting the archive will not be turned on, as the site doesn’t load, and it violates our hosting agreement.

  • Sophia Elson 3:35 pm on March 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Would be good to improve meta description for oaklandlocal.com so it looks better in Google search results and is SEO friendly

     
    • maiki 6:14 pm on March 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That is in Susan’s purview, it can be changed from the Dashboard.

      Sophie, you keep mentioning SEO-friendliness in your suggestions. That is a trigger for me to ignore the message until later. At best, it doesn’t mean anything, and at worst it is a buzz term used to misappropriate credibility.

      I think including a meta description to the site is a good idea, because it helps people know what Oakland Local is about in some views in some search engines.

    • maiki 6:21 pm on March 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I immediately regret writing that reply as such. It seems off-putting, as if I don’t want your contributions, and that is not the case.

      SEO is used as a term, largely by people who do not understand how search engines work, and it creates a systemic response to content creation that is harmful to community sites like Oakland Local, where we should be focused on assisting the people in this city, rather than catering to supposed guidelines for writing.

      OL has a large amount of folks contacting me daily, and the term “SEO” is a common warning sign that they don’t know what they are asking. I will try not to respond here in the same way I do to what I perceive as trolling elsewhere.

      It is my recommendation to you that if you want to be taken seriously by people who build websites, you should excise that term from your vocabulary.

      Also, we don’t care what Google does, we care about the tools, standards and protocols that allow our site and content to be of service to those with network access. An endorsement of a single service will never help a suggestion.

  • maiki 5:29 pm on March 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The OL archive was hacked recently. This isn’t entirely surprising, considering that the site was left as a Drupal 6 instance, which itself requires an older version of PHP, which itself required an older version of Ubuntu (10.04).

    The hack is basically the server turning into a node in a network of servers that generate malicious traffic, likely to be used in DDoS attacks. The side affect of the compromise is that as soon as the web server is turned on, almost all of the server resources are used up, making the process of exporting the content out of the site impossible.

    As having a compromised machine violates the TOS at Linode, I am unable to keep the archive turned on unless I am fixing it, hence the recent downtime.

    We never intended to keep that site up, it was a temporary setup while we migrated the content we wanted from it into WordPress. This leaves us with two paths, or really one.

    1. We let the archive go, focus on the future.
    2. We restore the server from a backup, proceed to migrate the bulk of the articles into a temporary WordPress site on the network, and let editors cherry pick the posts to bring into the main site.

    Because of the nature of the server setup for hosting the Drupal 6 archive, it is non-trivial to restore from a backup, and I will discussing our options with Susan.

     
    • Susan Mernit 8:15 pm on March 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Prefer: We restore the server from a backup, proceed to migrate the bulk of the articles into a temporary WordPress site on the network, and let editors cherry pick the posts to bring into the main site.

      • Barbara Grady 9:21 pm on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        If the archive goes back up even for a short while, I will personally dedicate time to moving a large number of articles to a temporary WordPress site or to the new Oakland Local. I will stop whatever I am doing to take care of this. The archive has a gold mine of articles in it.

        • maiki 2:28 pm on March 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          We have plans to migrate the remaibing posts, but not immediately. Nothing is lost.

          The server that was hosting the archive will not be turned on, as the site doesn’t load, and it violates our hosting agreement.

  • maiki 4:33 pm on March 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    I am discontinuing the practice of keeping the WordPress network in a git repo. It is a neat practice, but it doesn’t work with OL as a group of people.

    • It adds me as a gatekeeper for code pushes.
    • New WordPress developments, such as rolling background security updates, make it deprecated for the main reason we were using it.
    • The network, while containing five separate sites, is technically simple. We aren’t doing anything crazy with them, and the same core group of administers watch each site.

    I will still remain the primary maintainer for the code, and will continue to test changes on the staging server, but I am confident removing this extra step will make it so the plugins get updated more often.

     
  • maiki 4:55 pm on March 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Added Databeat theme 

     
  • maiki 4:39 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Updated to Shorten URL 1.5 

     
  • maiki 4:38 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Updated to Search Everything 7.0.4 

     
  • maiki 4:37 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Updated to Jetpack 2.9 

     
  • maiki 4:25 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Added Post Snippets 

    Post Snippets let's us add shortcodes, and do interesting things. We need to add some javascript to a post, and this is the easiest way to do that.
     
  • maiki 12:49 pm on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Added WPFront Notification Bar 

    Of the many notification bars in the plugin repo, this one is not very intrusive, allows the bar to be closed, and can be easily styled. We are going with it to show notifications on the network.

     
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