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Interesting, Facebook and WordPress Unite to Complicate my Day

26 07 2007

Well, seeing as 41 of you decided to up and click my blog, despite the fact that there’s not much to it, I had better start adding content. I recently joined the throng of Facebook users adding the WordPress application. The company I work for, www.FraternityLive.com also recently added a Facebook application, and after some reflection, I have some suggestions for WordPress.

FIRST, opening a new window after signing into any service via Facebook applications is a necessity. It’s hugely annoying to have to backscroll through multiple pages, not to mention having to adjust the size of my window everytime.

SECOND, Facebook isn’t really designed to support large pages through their applications. The window to sign in to WordPress is very small and can sometimes require a scroll down. It seems pithy, but that extra 5 seconds to adjust my scroll bars is annoying enough that I have been avoiding my WordPress app like the plague (see? a correlation between my lack of blog posts, and the new App!)

 Finally, the only area of my blog that I need to check on a daily basis (if I’m being diligent anyway) is the stats page – and there is no easy way to access this on Facebook! FraternityLive and SororityLive applications pull up a very simple, very brief, very small so as to fit right in the view window, menu that shows simply my messages, events, and notifications – all the stuff us facebookers would want to quickly check up on. WordPress should build a stats summary into their App once you’ve logged in. There’s no need to direct to the page right away – most Facebookers probably aren’t using their account to construct their blog, just to check it.

So, some small suggestions. How is the rest of the WordPress world finding this application? Any tricks I’m missing out on? Feel free to comment and contribute at will… starting…. now!

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30 07 2007
Brian

Many of the layout problems you state are due to WordPress’ default layout. There are zillions of fantastic alternative layouts out there that you can install and fully customise. You can change font sizes, sidebars and tables, hyperlink preferences including opening pages in new windows, and much more. That’s the beauty of open source software – everything can be modified.

http://themes.wordpress.net/ is a great site for themes.

You can also have a lot of different stats delivered to you. For example, if you use Google Analytics you can have it send you reports daily, weekly, or monthly, and each report can feature different elements. You can also get reports for new comments, spam, whenever someone links to your blog, and lots more. Many of these features are built right into WordPress while others need plugins.

I’m not sure how you install plugins if you’re hosting with wordpress.com, but here’s a link with lots of useful add-ons: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/

31 07 2007
correlations

The layout wasn’t the only problem although I have played around with the look a little bit and it makes a difference. It looks like wordpress was debugging anyway, because today the stats (and other) links worked just fine and didn’t make my windows stretch out impossibly in order to display info.

Thanks for reading, Brian!

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