I was working with someone who wanted to export some wordpress articles from a site I was working on. One of the developers found a wordpress plugin which did just that. But after following up with the requester I found that the creator of the plugin also offers that service from an external web page. Check out PrintFriendly.com if you want to print just the content of a web page.
I ran across an open source product today which is designed for web application testing and I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget about it; Selenium. It allows a person to develop scripts to automate their browser. Very interesting concept because, like I said, it would be great for testing web applications after software version updates, but it would also be a great tool for various other things such as:
- Hitting your YouTube video many times a day to increase your hits
- Contributing to a DDOS attack
- Possibly even retrieving data from a web site on a daily basis
For the last several years I’ve been doing technology training and support for the NPS learning management system (Sakai) and synchronous meeting tool (Elluminate). I’ve been the guy who shows instructors which buttons to press to have the systems do what they want to do.
Now my boss is getting me involved in working with instructors to discuss ways they can improve their teaching methods using the tools. This type of change takes a special effort on the part of the instructor because they have to do a lot of analysis to figure how what they want to do and how to get there. This is an interesting topic for me because I like being a systems analyst where I listen to instructors desires and figure out a way they can achieve them.
Along these lines I’ve created a page on our wiki which provides suggestions for instructors based on common classroom tasks and how they can be achieved using technology. Any additional ideas of common classroom goals are welcome.
I’ve been helping a friend with his wordpress blog/site. He asked me to post a “maintenance” page while he works on updating his content. So I did some research online and, although it’s not the best or correct solution, I created an additional page, commented out the wordpress lines in the .htaccess page and added a DirectoryIndex line to point to the newly created file.
This process works well for pointing to the domain to the maintenance file, but now I can not access the front page, although I can still access the admin interface at http://example.com/wp-admin/index.php
When my friend starts working on the content of his site he will probably need to view the front end, but I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
Update – I found out that my friend can still access the sub-pages but not the home page.
So I installed WordPress in a blog subdirectory and then created a blog.algaze.org subdomain to point to that, but I guess WordPress is picky enough that it will only go to the home page if the URL in the configuration is in the URL. I’ve changed my .htaccess file to point to blog.algaze.org vs. algaze.org/blog. Who knew.