WordPress – Stats / Search Terms :- “Unknown Search Terms”

 

Background

Occasionally, I review the stats on our WordPress Blog.

It is good way to gauge readership aggregated by Country, Posts, and clicks.

 

Search Tags

Another coverage is the actual Search Tags that brought traffic to the site.

Stats

Stats for 2017-May-31st

Image

Here is the one for today…

Explanation

Just about all entries are marked “Unknown“.

 

Why “Unknown”

Why the opacity in “Search Terms“:

Outline

  1. Privacy
  2. Legal Protection

 

InDepth

Privacy

Search Engines encrypt the search tags entered by their users.  For the sake of privacy and to better protect web users activities, Search Engine providers are moving to encrypt the data entered by users.

They allow end users to enter the search tags, utilize those search tags to find matches, decline to pass them along when users click on links, and save the encrypted version.

Legal Protection

Force Governments & Law Enforcements to request Subpoena Order before handing over Users Search History.

This protects the providers themselves from lawsuits brought by grieved users and shareholders.

 

Vendors

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have all transitioned to encrypting search tags and not forwarding it.

Browsers can also be configured not to forward the referrer and search tags.

Search Engines

Bings

  1. Bing Moving to Encrypt Search Traffic by Default
    Duane Forrester, Senior Product Manager – Bing
    Published On :- 2015-Jun-15th
    Link

 

Follow-up

In follow-up posts, will talk about avenues available through Search Providers and WordPress to regain some of these insights.

WordPress – Changing Primary Domain

 

Background

I have been journaling via WordPress for a while now.

And, it serves as one of my primary tools for juggling back to what I have learned and not fully learnt over the years.

And, using it in that most intimately ways, I myself will be bothered when I am trying to recollect something and ADs pop up.

And, so brought out the Credit Card and ran up $99 or so for the paid version.

 

Paid Version

The unpaid version goes [username].wordpress.com.  basically a sub-domain name under wordpress.com.

The paid version comes with a domain name.

With the paid version got to choose a domain name and chose learningInTheOpen.org

 

Lineage

A few years ago changed to the new domain name, but it was so easy and so quick I did not feel I took down good notes.

And, so reverted until I could get some screenshots and share the steps.

 

Steps

  1. Access your wordpress and login as an Administrator
  2. Access MySite
  3. From the left panel menu, choose Domains
  4. On the Domain Settings page, choose “Make Primary”
  5. On the Primary Domain page, click the “Update Primary Domain”  button

 

 

Images

My Site

mysite

Domains

domains

 

Domain Settings

domainsettings

 

Primary Domain – Initial

 

makeprimary

 

Primary Domain – Completed

makeprimary-updated

 

Dedicated

Dedicating to Matt Mullenweg, Mike Little, and all those who work and post on WordPress.

Like that singer said, we don’t have to take our clothes off to have a good time.

But, we do have to place something in the public domain.

WordPress – Find posts assigned to a Category

Background

Trying to add new categories to our menu and discovered that we have duplicate category names.

Here is how to discover the Posts using a specific category.

Afterwards you can consider re-assigning those posts to the one category that you will like to keep.

 

TroubleShooting

Find Categories

Categories

Go your Categories section.

First visit the category page and search out categories.

Here is a template URL for it https://<sub-domain>.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=category.

Or you can go to your Dashboard / Posts / Categories.

searchcategories

Find the Category

In the Text box, enter the Category Name and click on the “Search Categories“.

We searched on Anti-Virus and the System quickly returned the list below..

searchcategories-antivirus-v2

 

Explanation

In the result page, we see two entries for Anti-Virus

  1. The first Anti-Virus
    • It’s slug is anti-virus
    • Count is 6
  2.  And, the second Anti-Virus
    • It’s slug is anti-virus-ms-sql-server
    • Count is 1

 

Access Category Option

For each Category displayed, you can hover over the Category and dig deeper into the Category.

Once you hover over a Category, the menu pasted below is displayed

categoryselection-cropped-small

Here is what happens when we click on each Category.

BTW, we opened each one in a new Tab.

This ensures that we do not lose our place.

 

Edit Category Option – Category [1]

Here is our first category

editcategory-av-technical

We can see that the Parent is the Technical Category.

 

Edit Category Option – Category [2]

Here is our second category

View

editcategory-av-mssqserver-before

 

Explanation
  1. Name  :- Anti-Virus
  2. Parent :- MS SQL Server

 

Edit

editcategory-av-mssqserver-after

Explanation
  1. Name  :- Anti-Virus ( SQLServer )
    • We renamed Anti-Virus to Anti-Virus (SQLServer )
  2. Parent :- MS SQL Server
    • And, left category as MS SQL Server

 

Categories – After

searchcategories-antivirus-after

Explanation:

Upon renaming the “duplicate” entry, we return to the Categories section.

Our entries are now Anti-Virus & Anti-Virus ( SQLServer).

 

Menus

Once our categories are distinct, let us quickly return to the premise behind the clarification.

And, that is to add a new Category to our menu.

menus-categories-antivirus

Explanation:

  1. Now when we search on Anti-Virus, we have two distinct entries
    • Anti-Virus
    • And, Anti-Virus ( SQLServer )

We will later go on to select Anti-Virus and Add it our menu.

Using Markdown in WordPress

Intro

I have been meaning to understand and work with markdowns for a while here.

 

Platform

Let us setup our platform first.

WordPress

Enable Markdown in Posts and Pages

From here, here is how to enable markdown in WordPress Posts and Pages:
To enable Markdown for posts and pages, go to Settings → Writing in your dashboard, and check the box labeled Use Markdown for posts and pages.
Click on Save Changes at the bottom of the page to apply. You will now be able compose posts and pages using Markdown.

 

And, to to enable markdown in Comments:

To enable Markdown for comments, go to Settings → Discussion in your dashboard, and check the box labeled Use Markdown for comments.
Click on Save Changes at the bottom of the page to apply.

 

Tags

Inline Links

To use inline links, enter the link text and surround it in square brackets.

And, enter the URL and surround in parenthesis.

Please make sure that there are no spaces between the ending square bracket and the parenthesis.

Here is a [link](http://github.com/DanielAdeniji/ "GitHub") to my GitHub repository.

Referenced Links

To use referenced links, enter the link text and surround it in square brackets.

And, enter a numeric ID to the URL you will later identify.

The numeric ID should also be enclosed in square brackets.

Later enter the Identifying ID. Enclose that in square brackets, as well.

A colon should follow and the URL should then be expressed.


A) Markdown - Basics [Link] [201]
B) Codebase - syntax-highlighting-in-markdown [Link][202]

[201]: https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/basics
[202]: https://support.codebasehq.com/articles/tips-tricks/syntax-highlighting-in-markdown "Dan Quinney"

Mixed List

Mixed List can be entered with numeric IDs to indicate the top list.

And, indented asterix to precede the nested list.


1. United States
     * California
     * Florida
     * New York
     * Texas
2. Canada
     * Nunavut
     * Quebec
     * Northwest Territories
     * Ontario
     * British Columbia
     * Alberta

Code Block

Code Block – C#

Code blocked can be entered within three ~ or `. The language identifier shall follow.

And, corresponding ~ ( ~~~ ) or ` ( “`) should indicate the completed code block.


~~~csharp
public main()
{
    Console.WriteLine("hello world");
}
~~~

Code

Links

Sample Inline Link

Here is a link to my GitHub repository.

Referenced Links

A) Markdown – Basics Link
B) Codebase – syntax-highlighting-in-markdown Link

Mixed Lists

  1. United States
    • California
    • Florida
    • New York
    • Texas
  2. Canada
    • Nunavut
    • Quebec
    • Northwest Territories
    • Ontario
    • British Columbia
    • Alberta
  3. Australia
    • Multi-state/territorial
    • New South Wales
    • Northern Territory
    • Queensland
    • South Australia
    • Tasmania
    • Victoria
    • Western Australia

Code Block

Code Block – XML

<!--?xml version="1.0"?-->

<catalog>
   <book id="bk101">
      <author>Gambardella, Matthew</author>
      <title>XML Developer's Guide</title>
      <genre>Computer</genre>
      <price>44.95</price>
      <publish_date>2000-10-01</publish_date>
      <description>An in-depth look at creating applications 
      with XML.</description>
   </book>
   <book id="bk102">
      <author>Ralls, Kim</author>
      <title>Midnight Rain</title>
      <genre>Fantasy</genre>
      <price>5.95</price>
      <publish_date>2000-12-16</publish_date>
      <description>A former architect battles corporate zombies, 
      an evil sorceress, and her own childhood to become queen 
      of the world.</description>
   </book>

</catalog>

Code Block – C#

public main()
{
      Console.WriteLine("hello world");
}

Critique

I think if you attempt to use markdowns in WordPress posts, you will run into problem such as

  • markdown contents will be lost as you switch from Text to Visual Mode
  • There is a bit of “forciness” as to where whitespaces can go

References

  1. John O’Nolan – How to Write Faster, Better & Longer: The Ultimate Guide to Markdown
  2. John Gruber – Daring fireball – Markdown: Basics
  3. Codebase – Syntax highlighting in markdown
  4. WordPress – Markdown quick reference

Open Live Writer

Preface

Now that I am back commuting and have a work issued laptop, I find myself reading far less than I should.

But, writing a bit more.

 

Desktop Blogging Tool

I did not construct a careful, through discovery as to what the current climate looks like for desktop blogging tools.

But, always knew I wanted something that is minimalist.

My hopes has always been, that it:

  1. Would work on whichever the laptop’s OS is; in this case it is MSFT
  2. Is freely available
  3. Works Offline
  4. Though works offline, bi-directional synchs with WordPress

 

Open Live Writer

The tool that I am most familiar with is Live Writer.

As that tool is no longer being actively developed by MSFT, settling on Open Live Writer was not hard.

 

Funtionalities

  1. Text Formatting
    • Very rich editing stencils
      • Ability to format text as Headers ( H1 thru H6 )
      • Supports selected text formatting options such as Bold, Italicize, underline, strikeout, subscript, superscript
    • List Handling ( Numbered and Bullet lists )
    • Align ( Left Align, Right Align, Center, Justify )
    • Font
      • Various fonts available in Windows and ability to specify sizes
    • Coloring
    • Block Quotes
  2. Grouping Tools
    • Table
    • Horizontal line
    • Split Post

 

Multimedia

  1. Picture
  2. Video
  3. Maps – Bing Map
  4. Tags – Supported Providers includes Technorati, Live Journal, Flickr, del,icio.us, Icerocket, 43 Things, Buzznet

 

Blogging Platform support

  1. Saving and Publishing
    • Post draft to blog
    • Publish post
    • Open recent post
    • Set post attributes
  2. Categories
    • Connects to Blogging Platform and downloads & avails your latest category list
  3. Tags
    • As categories are freetext they are not downloaded
    • Continue to use them Ad-hoc

 

Planned Features

There are features that have a bit of plumbing built in, but not yet fully baked.

Among those is support for plugins.

 

Availability

BTW, Open LiveWriter is available here.

WordPress – Adding Formatted Comments

Background

Adding formatted comments in WordPress can be surprisingly difficult.

 

Ways

Here are some ways to do so

 

HTML Encode

Postable

Sojourn to postable.

And, enter the text you want formatted and click the “make it friendly” button.

Original Text

postable-source

 

Text HTML Encoded

postable-htmlencoded

 

Crediting

Crediting Chris Coyier.

He blogged about it here.

The post is titled “Posting Code Blocks on a WordPress Site“.

Google – Chrome – Resource Manager

Introduction

Anyone who uses Google’s Chrome Web Browser will notice that the system will run increasingly slower as more Google Windows and Tabs are opened.

Let us see how to gauge the resource consumption and respond to it a bit.

Gauge Resource Usage

The key to tracking and breaking down Google’s Chrome Resource Usage is to access the aptly named “Task Manager” window.

The path to doing so is to:

  • Click the the three breaking lines on the rightmost portion of your Google Bar
  • Select the “Tools” menu
  • Select the “Task Manager” menu

On one of our machines, here is our output:

ChromeResourceManager

Items using Resources

  • The item using the most memory is “WordPress”
  • Then comes an item known as “Browser”
  • Then comes “Extension: Adblock Plus” and “Extension: AdBlock”
  • Next comes Plugin: Shockwave Flash

Interpretations

  • I never quite delved into how WordPress works, but obviously it does quite a bit, but it also really uses quite a bit of resources especially when in edit mode
  • Bad on me as I have two Ad-Blockers.  I have both AdBlock Plus and AdBlock.  Will have to choose and uninstall the other
  • Next, comes Shockwave Flash as I the per-functionary Audio

Alternate Options

Alternate Options – Google Chrome – Single Process

Like most other browsers, you can sacrifice “security” and run all Google Windows and Tabs under one process.

To do so, change your Google short-cut and add –single-process after the closing double-quotes.

SingleProcess

Upon doing so, you will get individual processes for something Google calls Browser, Extensions, Plugins, and a single process that combines all user Tabs.

If you choose to go that route, on start-up, Google will post a warning message:

“You are using  an unsupported command-line flag: –single-process. Stability and security will suffer”

StabilityAndSecuriyWillSuffer

For the tip, crediting Saikat Basu @ http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-cool-tricks-to-put-some-more-sheen-on-google-chrome/

To get a firmer understanding of Google’s Chrome process mode, please consider reading “The Chromium Projects – Process Models“(http://www.chromium.org/developers/design-documents/process-models)

Conclusion

I will advise that you keep a bit of handle on how many windows and tabs you have opened.

Continue to review the Extensions and plug-ins you have installed and activated.

References

  • Can you show each tab’s memory usage? Maybe a link on the tab’s right click menu?? 
    Link