New Updates: Changing Theme and Windows Live Writer

In this past couple days, I have been playing around with WordPress 3.0 and decided to give the new theme “Twenty Ten” a try.

So far, I’m pretty pleased with the way it looks. It lacks the theme setup like those in Thesis theme; but overall, it is much better than WordPress’ old default theme.

Also, since I was trying out a new tool called Windows Live Writer, you might see two new temporary posts in your RSS Reader. It will be something like this.

temporary-postI’m really sorry about those temporary posts. When I was setting up Windows Live Writer, it apparently made two attempts to access my blog’s native settings and look, and created  two temporary posts like these. Please ignore these two temporary posts.

Another main reason why I changed the theme was also because my old theme, Arclite 2.02, didn’t seem to work well with Windows Live Writer. FYI, Windows Live Writer is a tool to access your blog from the convenient of your desktop software. Instead of going directly to the site’s dashboard, all creating and editing of blog posts can be done through your desktop software. It also has the ability to preview the post right in the software, so I don’t have to go back and forth, and refresh the preview page to see how the post look after I made any changes.

I  am giving Windows Live Writer a try now. I liked it so far. It’s really easy to use. It has a lot of plug-ins, and I don’t have to worry losing my copy again now when the Internet connection drops, because the draft post is saved on your computer instead online.

I hope you like the new look of My Internet Corner. As always, I welcome any feedbacks that you might have regarding this new changes.

IntenseDebate – WordPress Plugin Commenting System

IntenseDebate WordPress Plugin Commenting SystemI just found out about IntenseDebate about couple weeks ago, and I tried it on one of my blog. So far, I really liked it. It really brings in all the components that necessary to make blog commenting even more interesting.

There are several things that I really like from IntenseDebate.

  • Tracking and Notification. It can track your comments that you made in every blog that uses IntenseDebate, so you won’t lose track of what and where did you leave your comments. It will also notify you if someone is replying to your comments or there are new comments in the blog post that you commented on.
  • Threaded comments. There is nothing more confusing than finding where your comments is and the comments that replied to one particular comment. IntenseDebate solves this problem. It groups all comment replies in one spot, so you can find them easily.
  • Voting system. This feature is to rewarding great comments that people made. Comments are the bloodline of a blog, so there must be something to reward user who left good comments. IntenseDebate will allow you to do this. On the other side, bad comments should be discouraged. IntenseDebate will also allow you to do this.

FYI, IntenseDebate will save your comments both on their server and your blog server, so you have to synchronize them on your  first use after you installed it. And as of now, IntenseDebate plugin is still not supported if you host your blog in WordPress.com. Hopefully WordPress will find a way to enable this plugin to work in their system, so don’t worry WordPress.com bloggers, your time will come.

Installer link: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/intensedebate.2.4.2.zip

I also want to announce that My Internet Corner is now using IntenseDebate to facilitate its commenting system. I hope your commenting experience will be more enjoyable after using this new system. There is actually another WordPress plugin that is as popular as IntenseDebate, which is Disqus. We’ll see how IntenseDebate work for MyInternerCorner.com. If it gives you problem, I might change it. Let me know what do you think about this plugin?