I finally added some screenshots (and more troubleshooting tips) to my guide on how to …

I finally added some screenshots (and more troubleshooting tips) to my guide on how to post to #Mastodon from anything (including #RSS, #WordPress etc.) using #IFTTT

How to Post to Mastodon From Anything Using IFTTT

(Incidentally: I built a new recipe from scratch to make sure I wasn’t missing any steps and tried to publish it as a reusable applet, but it turns out IFTTT won’t let you publish applets that use webhooks.)

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Fixed *part* of my blog’s ActivityPub setup and now you can find…

Fixed *part* of my blog’s ActivityPub setup and now you can find @kelson and its recent posts, but it’s not turning up specific posts in search yet.

I did successfully boost a blog post, judging by the 10 minutes of hits from mastodon/pleroma/etc servers!

I’m using this #ActivityPub plugin for #WordPress https://wordpress.org/plugins/activitypub/ and I’m working out conflicts with Let’s Encrypt and subfolders and something else, possibly caching

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To deal with the combination of #LetsEncrypt and using #WordPress in a #subdirectory, I’m using this in my .htaccess at the top level of the site:

RewriteRule ^.well-known/(host-meta|webfinger|nodeinfo|x-nodeinfo) /journal/.well-known/$1 [L]

This is to ensure that *only* the webfinger and nodeinfo endpoints are forwarded to the blog where the #ActivityPub plugin picks them up, and Let’s Encrypt will find .acme-challenge and be able to renew my TLS cert when the time comes.

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I’m not sure yet why searching for an individual post doesn’t work. I’m going to get back to $dayJob for the afternoon & take another look at that part later.

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Complaining about WordPress’ Block Editor

Every time I try to write something with #WordPress’ block editor, i get so frustrated because it keeps getting in my way. I can’t just write, jump back and forth, edit, cut, paste… Everything I do, it pops up a new toolbar in a different spot, or a modal dialog for how to display the link that I just wanted to be in plaintext, and so on and so on.

THIS IS NOT DISTRACTION-FREE WRITING.

I always go back to the classic editor because I CAN USE IT.

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“Migrating from WordPress to Markdown sounds easy…6months later and you’re losing your mind.”

So true!

“Migrating from WordPress to Markdown sounds easy. Mention it to any developer and they’ll say “Pfft, an afternoon of work at worst”

Suddenly it’s 6months later and you’re losing your mind.”

How to Export a Large WordPress Site to Markdown

I think I’m going to try the resulting script on one of my WP sites & see how it goes.

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While messing around with IndieWeb, I’ve decided I want to build a consolidated PESOS gallery

While messing around with #IndieWeb, I’ve decided I want to build a consolidated #PESOS gallery of my photos at Instagram, Twitter, Mastodon, Pixelfed etc. I’ve got current archives for all (including from a dead Pixelfed instance).

Specs:
* Gallery, individual, and tag galleries
* Include captions and descriptions (I can add descriptions to the old photos)
* Links to wherever it’s posted (may be several sites)
* Light page code. I’d rather things load quickly than act fancy.
1/3

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I’ve made a prototype in #WordPress so far, and it looks nice, and I already know how to automate new posts using IFTTT. But it feels heavy. And of course it’s one more instance to increase my attack surface & maintenance.

I’m going to give #Eleventy a shot next. I’ve worked with it before, and I can optimize the templates however I want. The image plugin can generate different sizes, thumbnails, etc. The main drawback: I haven’t researched ways to automatically import to 11ty yet.
2/3

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Long-term I’d like to add #POSSE (selectively) to make it easier to cross-post. I had a set of 3 photos yesterday that I wanted to post to Flickr, Pixelfed, my blog, and my gemlog, and while it was mostly copying and pasting, it was also time-consuming.

Some of the stuff @stringerblog and @dansup have been talking about kind of overlap with this space.

Portfolio – an upcoming Pixelfed feature that allows users to create their own portfolio website that best represents them and their work…

3/4

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Oh yeah, Flickr…the way I use it is different enough that I don’t want include my zillions of photos in this project. I might try a more full-featured gallery like Piwigo at some point. It’s less linear and more collection-based. But for photos I’ve cross-posted, I would like to link to it same as I would to Pixelfed or wherever, and it would be nice to include it in the outgoing posts once I get that up and running.

And I do like the idea of just federating the photos out directly!

4/5

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OK, this got way more complicated and should’ve been a blog post.

So: building a personal #IndieWeb capable gallery of my sociallly-shared photos from various sources, keeping it light, pulling in new posts automatically (#PESOS) and eventually posting on my gallery and auto-posting it to Pixelfed/Twitter/Flickr/etc. (#POSSE) on a per-photo basis. Probably using #eleventy.

Anyone have any recommendations on tools that might be better than WP/11ty, or that would work well with this workflow?

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Ooh, I could also generate a Gemini gallery! I remember @FiXato came up with some ideas on how to format one. I’d probably want to break it into categories or do it by tag or something

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I wonder how much storage this will end up taking up. I probably won’t need to use S3 (finally started setting things up on DigitalOcean instead of AWS!) for this gallery unless I really want to CDN the images. By the time they’re scaled for whatever social network, it doesn’t take up any more space than by blog storage.

If I ever make my own Flickr mirror, though, that’s going to have to be a consideration!

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I ran into a weird bug with one of my WordPress blogs after upgrading to WP 5.7

I ran into a weird bug with one of my WordPress blogs after upgrading to WP 5.7 where posts with emoji in the titles started timing out everywhere except the actual post editor and a search plugin. I couldn’t even search in the admin interface for posts with matching keywords or tags.

Fix: delete the emoji, save, paste it back, save again.

What?

#wordpress

WordPress 5.7 Upgrade Breaks Posts with Emoji in the Title?

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Some useful #WordPress URL tricks I’ve discovered for combining tag/category searches:You can search for the …

Some useful URL tricks I’ve discovered for combining tag/category searches:

You can search for the intersection of two tags by looking for

/tag/first-tag+second-tag

or the union of two tags by looking for

/tag/first-tag,second-tag

or the subset of posts in a category that are also tagged by looking for

/category/some-category?tag=some-tag

I’m sure there are more that I haven’t stumbled across. But I can’t find a reference for combined search/archive terms like this.

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Oh, this is interesting: Among things Automattic wants to do with Tumblr is move the back-end…

Oh, this is interesting: Among things Automattic wants to do with Tumblr is move the *back-end* to WordPress, while keeping the front-end experience of the Tumblr site and apps.

I can *sort of* see the appeal: they’ve got over a decade of experience making WordPress scale, and Tumblr’s currently on Verizon’s servers, so if they can run Tumblr on top of WordPress, they already know how to host it.

But it kinda runs the risk of that frankenblog thing.

Automattic Acquires Tumblr, Plans to Rebuild the Backend Powered by WordPress

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I’ve been meaning to put together something to automatically retrieve remote images and attach them …

I’ve been meaning to put together something to automatically retrieve remote images and attach them to a #WordPress post (for automatically generated posts). I figured I’d have to do something with curl to download the image, save it to a temp file, upload it to WP etc. Turns out there’s a function built in!

All I have to do is add a hook to wp_insert_post that calls media_sideload_image() when it finds the pattern I want, and plug the result into the post content.

https://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/media_sideload_image

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I updated my article on posting from #IFTTT to #Mastodon again to clarify a few …

I updated my article on posting from to again to clarify a few things, and to recommend botsin.space for accounts that will *only* include automatic posts.

I use this technique for several things:
– Link to every new post from an feed at @SpeedForce
– Post differently tagged links from here & at SpeedForce
– Cross-post a very occasional blog here

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2017/12/mastodon-ifttt/

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PSA for people using WordPress on their own site: Yesterday’s 4.9.3 update…

PSA for people using WordPress on their own site: Yesterday’s 4.9.3 update *broke auto-updates*. You need to manually update to 4.9.4 today to fix them again.

More info:

WordPress 4.9.4 Maintenance Release

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Follow-up: I had several blogs auto-update from 4.9.3 to 4.9.4 before I had a chance to fix them manually. Digging deeper: What’s broken isn’t updates to WP itself, but auto-updates to plugins/themes if you’ve turned them on. Much better!

https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/43235

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Follow-up: I had several blogs auto-update from 4.9.3 to 4.9.4 before I had a chance to fix them manually, despite it supposedly breaking auto-update.

Digging deeper: What’s broken isn’t updates to WordPress itself, but auto-updates to plugins/themes if you’ve turned them on.

Much better!

https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/43235

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What’s in YOUR Social Media Archive?

kelsonv:

I checked out what you get when you export your content from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, WordPress and LiveJournal, with an eye for both private archives and migrating to your own site.

Tired of Twitter? Fed up with Facebook? Irritated by Instagram?

If you want to leave a major social network, but keep your content — or even just make sure you have your own backup in case the site shuts…

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I’ve updated this article to include what you get when you use WordPress to import a Tumblr blog. It works better than I expected, though there are a few gotchas – videos don’t embed, single images come through as galleries, things like that.

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Long-standing issue with the Broken Link Checker plugin…

Long-standing issue with the Broken Link Checker plugin for WordPress. On some setups, it gets stuck processing the queue due to SQL transaction problems and you can fix it by commenting out the begin/commit/rollback statements.

https://wordpress.org/support/topic/link-checking-not-progressing-broken-transaction-handling/

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What’s in your social media archive?

I exported Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LiveJournal, WordPress and LinkedIn to find out. (And even found an archive of Google Buzz.)

What’s in Your Social Media Archive?

I checked out what you get when you export your content from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, WordPress and LiveJournal, with an eye for both private archives and migrating to your own site.

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On Facebook

@trwnh I just finished a comparison of various social networks’ exports. Weirdly, LinkedIn was the most complete.

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