Tag: WordPress.com

WordPress.com new editor handles titles right

I like my text properly formatted and with pretty much every CMS editor out there I always have some confusion when it comes to titles. The post or page has a title and then sections inside it also have titles and they are second level titles. On most CMS you have the option of titles or headers starting at level 1 through 6 (that maps to h1, h2, through h6 in HTML).

For example, this is Confluence, a tool that I really like:

The confusion that I get here is whether a subsection to this page should have Heading 1 or Heading 2. Sometimes Heading 1 will be displayed with the same font, size, etc as the title of the page, so, by using Heading 1 you are almost creating two pages in one. But in other CMS, Heading 1 is the top level section heading and the title of the page is a special title that will always sit above it.

The new WordPress.com editor does this correctly by being very clear that your first option for section headers, after setting the title of the page or post, is h2:

I think that was a very neat solution to the problem. Bravo WordPress.

Uptime: 100%

Balance by Tony Roberts

This is the first time I see this:

-------------------------------------
pupeno.com
Service: pupeno.com
Outages: 0
Downtime: 0 hrs, 0 mins
Uptime: 100.00%
-------------------------------------

It was always above 98%, often above 99% and I was proud of that because it was my own crappy server doing it. But now I’m proud of not caring about it, letting someone else solve a problem I’m not interested in and focus on what I am interested in. 100% uptime provided by WordPress.com.

A little personal success

This page, my blog, pupeno.com, is now hosted on WordPress.com instead of my own server; and that’s is a little personal success. Let me explain.

I tend to be a control freak. I have my own servers. I run my own nameservers. I used to run my own mailserver but some time ago I switched to Google Apps for Domain. I used to run my blog in my own server, keeping my own set of plug ins, even modifying themes when necessary.

Last weekend I published Why I love Smalltalk and it got picked by Hacker News. That traffic killed my server. I spent the whole weekend restarting and tuning Apache. You see, I can run my own server, use Puppet, keep it clean and up to date but I’m not a sysadmin. I can pretend I am for short periods of time but I’m really just a coder. I was forced to have a crush course into server tuning and I eventually got it more or less stable. By the second wave of traffic it was not trashing anymore. I have better things to do with my time that tune a web server so I decided to move and I did it.

It is a personal success because I’m giving you up control. I can’t install whatever plug in I want now. I can’t modify themes. I’m not using my own nameservers anymore. I’m giving up control and simplifying my life when I have a natural tendency to make it more complex than it is.

At the moment, my beloved pupeno.com is not ny any of my servers. Nothing. Every service related to pupeno.com is running on third party hosted solutions. I’m letting go, sleeping better and being happier.

Only a couple of hours after I migrated my blog and went it sleep it was picked by Reddit. More than double the traffic of Hacker News (that is, Hacker News minus my server downtime) and I didn’t woke to a burning and smoking server, just an impressive traffic chart and even more comments. I’m happy.