GoBoardz, free forums for everyone

Do you want to run a community forum without installing any software/application in your webhost? You can try GoBoardz Free Forums. What is GoBoardz?

GoBoardz is for people that need a quick discussion board, but don’t want all the hassle of setting one up. Taking the minimalist approach, GoBoardz are sleek, functional, and ready to use almost immediately without all of the unnecessary features and interface clutter which can be found on other forum systems. And best of all, it’s free!

GoBoardz offer many great features that most forum applications offer. Here are some highlights:

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  • Forum RSS Feed for an easier forum tracker

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Modify WordPress MU suspended/archived page

WordPress Multi User (MU) has some types of blog statuses. If you are a blog owner (WordPres MU admin), you can change the blog status from your admin area. In short, each blog might have one of these statuses:

  • Active – Normal blog status. Blog can have all functionality.
  • Archived – All blog entries will be saved. And you can activate again at any time.
  • Deactivated – Blog is deactivated, but you can activate again also at any time. It is similar to the “Archived blog”.
  • Spam – Marked blog as spamblog.

When a blog resides under a WordPress MU has a status other than “active” blog, it will display a special page. Only a page to inform the weblog status. The question is: how to change the message for the archived, or deactivated page?
There are two files responsible for the message displayed. They are: wp-settings.php and misc.php (under wp-content/mu-plugins directory).

  • To change the message displayed, open your wp-settings.php file. Go to around line 235. You can see the message there.
  • To display the header and footer area of the page — just in case you want to have another HTML output, modify the misc.php file. Change this line: <p class="message">' . $message . '</p>

Dashboard Editor Plugin for WordPress

For bloggers who use WordPress as their blogging platform, there is a new useful plugin. It is called Dashboard Editor created by Aaron Dowden. What does this plugin do? Here’s a short description:

This plugin allows you to add whatever you want to the WordPress dashboard through PHP and HTML even Sidebar Widgets. You can also wipe the entire dashboard or individually remove some of the more irritating sections like the Dev news, Planet WordPress and the getting started section.

After logging in to your WordPress administration panel, you will be brought to a main page called “Dashboard”. There, you will see some elements such as shortcuts to common administration pages, news from WordPress Development Blog, posts from Planet WordPress aggregator, comments and posts activities, and basic blog statistics. There might be another element e.g. an Akismet statistic — if you install it.


Listed in seach engines because we blog

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If we run a weblog, one information that we usually display is our name. I am not talking about those who hide their personal identities — especially real name. It is optional to display about the blog author information. Few days ago, Harry Sufehmi mentioned about his finding on search using his name as the keyword. And he — when I write this entry — is on the top position.
It is interesting. Weblog can put nobody into somebody (on the internet). And I am sure that many bloggers had tried their luck to find their position on search engines. Here are some blog entries mentioning about their findings: