Things I Cannot Blog About

posted on November 21st, 2005 by Anthony

Well, OK, things I can blog about, but aren’t working well enough to actually blog meaningfully about.

ANALytics in da house

Google ANALytics

With all the interest in Mint and ‘that other one I can’t remember off the top of my head’, it seems that stats tracking is the In Thing this season.

So obviously Google have jumped onto the bandwagon with a very nice, totally free, uber package, to blow everyone else out of the water.

Except it doesn’t actually work.

I signed up for an account last Monday, and I had the little piece of JavaScript installed and ready to go in a matter of minutes. I was duly told to sit back and wait 12 hours for the stats to roll in.

So the next day I check – and nothing. Hmmm OK, maybe I screwed up? Nope it all checks out…

So the next day… oooooh! Yeah loads and loads of stats, with lots of detailed and rather cool Flash Charts all over the place!

So, day three. Ah, why have my stats dived to a third? Check with my hosts free stat tracking – nope that’s wrong.

Day four… yeah still not right.

Day five… yep still crapped out.

Day six.. wow 3 people visited yesterday!

Etc etc. There seems to be a wee problem with capacity methinks? Apparently new sign ups have been suspended, and the existing 250,000 peeps that have signed up, can no longer add extra sites.

Hopefully once Google get it sorted, which they will, this will be a fantastic free service, and I’ll have something to write about – but as yet it’s plain broken.

Wordpress 2.0 beta in action

WordPress Version 2.0 Beta 1

I’m a sucker for betas. I just can’t help myself. So when I saw on Digg that WordPress 2.0 had reached beta stage, it didn’t take long for me to grab it and stick it on my test server.

There is no way in Gods name that thing was going anywhere near this site!

To be fair, it installed without a hitch (as usual), and my theme and plugins all seemed to survive intact at the front end.

At the back of the shop, the first thing you notice is the new blueness of the UI, and then all of the very swish AJAXy stuff that’s been implemented. There are lots of fadey, moving things. along with lots or real time, no refresh needed, changes taking place. Though, surprisingly, the post editor had none of this sort of thing at all – not even the type that is in the current version!

I had a lot of issues with the new image upload system. It looks like it will organise things a lot better, but I had all sorts of trouble in setting up the folders it wanted to create with the appropriate rights on my server. And once it was up and running I found the system a bit clunky, before it actually failed to work full stop.

All in all there doesn’t seem to be a huge leap forward, but without a change log it’s hard to make any judgments yet.

That’s about as far as I’m taking this particular test drive, my curiosity is satisfied for now…

There You Go

So there are two things I can’t blog about.