WordPress

Customizing the WordPress Scrollbar

I see very few [tag]WordPress[/tag] blogs where the scrollbar matches the theme. The basic light blue default scrollbar clashes badly in many cases. Theme developers leave out the code. Here’s how to add it to your theme. Just insert this code anywhere in your theme’s stylesheet. These colors are for the scroll bar used on this blog. You can custom them for your own theme. <code>HTML { scrollbar-base-color: #C0C0C0; scrollbar-base-color: #C0C0C0; scrollbar-3dlight-color: #C0C0C0; scrollbar-highlight-color: #C0C0C0; scrollbar-track-color: #EBEBEB; scrollbar-arrow-color: black; scrollbar-shadow-color: #C0C0C0; scrollbar-dark-shadow-color: #C0C0C0; }</code>

Google

Duplicate Content Update from Google and a New WordPress Plugin

Over on the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog Google has explained in detail how they deal with duplicate content. Should you care? Yes, especially if you have a [tag]WordPress[/tag] blog. As [tag]Google[/tag] points out, “Most of the time when we see this (duplicate content), it’s unintentional or at least not malicious in origin: forums that generate both regular and stripped-down mobile-targeted pages, store items shown (and — worse yet — linked) via multiple distinct URLs, and so on“.

Amazon

Amazon Extends Free Super Saver Shipping Deadline

Amazon.com has posted updated guidelines and deadlines for holiday ordering in the USA. They just extended their holiday deadline for FREE Super Saver Shipping*. Place your order by Sunday, December 17 and get it by Friday, December 22. For products that are extremely large or weigh more than 150 pounds, [tag]Amazon[/tag] notes on their product detail pages that special handling is required and that they will ship separately from other items in your order. The last day to order an oversize item was December 12, for delivery on Friday, December 22. The international order deadline (December 7-10) has already passed.

General

Performancing beta tests “Network Ads”

Advertisers have have been a bit slow at booking individual ads on Performancing Networks member blogs (especially for low traffic blogs). Bloggers have complained that the publisher sign-up medallion takes up valuable sidebar space. As a solution, [tag]Performancing[/tag] has launched Network Ads. They’re CPA (cost per action) ads that fill unsold ad space until a regular advertiser wants that space for themselves. Initially the ads will be limited to around a dozen fairly “universal fit” brands/products to test the system, and help them fine-tune targeting for categories. Members can ‘opt out’ from their control panel.

Google

Google Testing Logo in AdSense Ads

A recent thread on Digital Point Forums concerns the recent appearance of logo images in Adsense ads. It appears that [tag]Google[/tag] is testing using small logos in place of the text verison of ‘Google’ in the signature line ‘Ads by Google’. I grabbed the examples shown here from the Google ad in the sidebar. In these cases, the logo doesn’t affect blending because the background is white. However, several examples shown by bloggers in the forum look quite gawdy. Even the ‘rainbow’ colored logo has appeared in AdSense ads.

General

Hide your Email Address from Spammers with Escape Code

There is nothing worse than having your email inbox fill up spam just after you set it up. You need to post your email address on your blog/webpage so that readers/customers can contact you. How can you prevent the spammers from getting it while allowing legitimate users access? WordPress plugins and scripts that use CAPTCHAs are one way. However, they are not so easy to implement on non-PHP pages. And, some CAPTCHA critics claim they deter legitimate users.

Google

Are Technorati Tags Worth the Trouble?

As of November 2006, Technorati claims to be tracking 60 million blogs. OK, so what? Anyone who has had problems getting indexed by Technorati will ask themselves, ‘Are these tags worth the trouble’? Technorati online help is mediocre at best and support is nearly non-existent. Assuming you have claimed your blog, there are two more hurdles to get over. First, is getting excerpts of your recent posts to show up on your Blog Info page. Second, is getting post specific tags indexed to show up in the Technorati tag search results. The first step should be as easy as pinging Technorati via your blog pinging service. Lately however, I have found that using Ping-o-matic dos not seem to work. I have to go to the Technorati ‘Your Blogs’ page and ping my blogs manually.