Blog Owner Dashboard

April 13th, 2014

The Blog Owner Dashboard is a little something I hope you all find useful.

Simply put, whenever you’re looking at one of your own widgets, as long as your browser is still logged into Mister Linky’s server, you (and only you) will see a little box right below the widget.

Blog Owner Dashboard: Click to display the links and settings for this widget. (What is this?)

Inside that box is a link to your widget. In case you’re not familiar with the Widgets Page, the Click to display… link will open a new browser tab/window and take you to the section of the Widgets Page specific to the widget you’re looking at.

Maybe you don’t want to see that little box. (Really? But it looks so nice!) And rest assured that you’ll only see it because you’re logged into Mister Linky’s server. So to disable the Dashboard, click to visit the Options Page and under the Blog Owner Dashboard section, click the Hide button. Simple as that!

Now with 50% more magic!

March 23rd, 2014

Yes, that’s right – 50% 67% more magic! There were some reports of trouble with the latest versions of Internet Explorer, and that got me to thinking that the magic was in need of some updating. The result is now under test.

Oh, and by the way, some of the new magic makes Mister Linky’s widgets more reliable! Have you ever had a link disappear because of a network glitch? That will never happen again – the widget will tell you now if anything goes wrong with adding your link to the system.

I’ve already tested with an unprecedented set of browser versions, with any luck ::knock on wood:: it won’t take long before the new magic can be made available for everybody to use.

So give it a try, and if you run into any trouble, leave a comment here let me know at the help desk. Please do me a favor and give some indication of which browser (name/version/platform) you’re using.

New Plugin!

November 25th, 2012

The problem… Editing your WordPress post can result in a loss of the script codethat runs your Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets… And cut/paste from the Widget Wizard can be a bother.

The solution… A brand new WordPress plugin that lets you add a widget with just one click, with no more code to pasteand no more code to worry about losing! It works with all types of Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets and it’s available to all of Mister Linky’s members.

Learn more about the new plugin here.

What’s new in Linky Land!

November 18th, 2012

You may have noticed some changes around here. I’ve done kind of a soft launch of a bunch of improvements — soft in case anything needed to be removed in a hurry. It’s been about a week and things seem to be ::knock on wood:: fairly stable.

So here’s a laundry list of what did change, just in case you’re keeping score.

  • added COLOR & STYLE to the Easy-Linky and Thumbnail-Linky widgets (and the Original Auto-Linky Widget for Gold/Platinum members)
  • added new graphics for the “You’re next” person in the Thumbnail-Linky widget — they match the link colors, of course!
  • improved the performance of widget delivery (with more coming soon!)
  • streamlined the Auto-Linky instructions, removed a lot of no-longer-applicable bits.
  • fixed the “Remember these settings” button in the Widget Wizard, i.e. that button works now!!
  • made it easier to change widget settings like meme, columns, even which type of widget you’re showing!
  • continued with CSS cleanup in all widgets, an ongoing effort.
  • fixed the problem with manual membership updates not being recognized.
  • updated a bunch more admin functions, making it easier for me to help you.

There’s one more thing coming soon that I don’t want to mention quite yet, since I’m still testing it out. Let’s just say, though, that WordPress users (with their own hosting, not wordpress.com) will be pretty happy.

As always, if you run into any trouble, or if you’d like to beta-test a new WordPress plugin that works with ANY widget type, please let me know via the Help Desk.

Testing

November 11th, 2012

Testing. Nobody should be able to see this.

Styling

November 5th, 2012

Here is the CSS template mentioned on the Style Options page…

It can also be downloaded from here.

/* common css */
.blenza-top table, .blenza-top tr td, .blenza-top tr, .blenza-top td {
border: 0 !important;
padding: 0 0 0 0 !important;
margin: 0 !important;
}

.blenza-box table {
width: 100%;
}

.blenza-tdl {
text-align: right;
}

.blenza-tdm {
text-align: center;
}

.blenza-tdr {
text-align: left;
}

.blenza-box table, .blenza-box tr td, .blenza-box tr, .blenza-box td {
border: 0 !important;
padding: 4px 0 !important;
margin: 4px 0 !important;
}

.blenza-box input.blenza-input {
width: 90%;
margin: 0;
}

/* css for widget style simple */
.blenza-box {
background: white;
border: 3px solid black;
-moz-border-radius: 12px;
border-radius: 12px;
text-align: center;
color: black;
padding: 4px
}

.blenza-box .blenza-label, .blenza-box a {
color: black;
}

.blenza-box #bztitle {
color: #222;
}

.blenza-box #bzcktool {
color: #444;
}

.blenza-top .blenza-link, .blenza-top .blenza-link a, .blenza-meme a {
color: black;
}

 

Maintenance (completed)

July 23rd, 2012

That scheduled maintenance I mentioned before is underway and we’ll take some brief downtime as a result, hopefully while most of you are still asleep.

Update: the maintenance is completed. Thanks, everybody, for your patience!!

Maintenance this weekend

July 6th, 2012

There will be some maintenance this weekend, between Saturday night and Sunday morning eastern US time. Nothing major, just have to resize our hosting. Shouldn’t be down long.

Update: looks like we had some downtime that was nothing to do with the maintenance, most likely a network glitch. I’ll reschedule the maintenance for another overnight.

Scheduled Maintenance

April 10th, 2012

There will be some unavoidable scheduled maintenance due to changes at our hosting provider. This is expected to take place on Thursday April 12th and impact is expected to be brief. I will update this page as soon as a specific time is known.

Update, as of Thursday at 1215 pm Eastern, this is taking place, and we’ll be down until completion. Sorry for the inconvenience.

And we’re back… Thanks for your patience!

Maintenance THIS Week (2/23/2011)

February 16th, 2011

You may have noticed some new stuff around here… I’ll have more to say about that soon, once the dust has all settled.

I want to let you all know that there will be some downtime next THIS week for maintenance. I’ve been working like crazy to optimize the system and streamline as much as possible. But with the tremendous growth we’ve seen lately, especially in the past couple weeks, it’s time to upgrade our hosting.

This is a multi-step process that does require some downtime. However, because the first step involves backing up of existing data, there will be some time when the system is up but not writable.

What does this mean? As soon as the upgrade process begins, everybody’s widgets WILL be available. However, they will NOT be able to accept new links during the backup. Once the system has been backed up, they will shut us down briefly while the data is all restored on the larger system. Once that has completed, the widgets will be available once again. And as soon as I make sure everything is working correctly, the widgets will accept links again and everything will be back to normal.

When will this happen? I’m currently thinking I’ll start the upgrade at about 11:30 P.M. Eastern U.S. time on Wednesday, February 23rd. This is WAY past my bedtime, but I want to do this at a time that will impact most users as little as possible. How long it will take, I’m not really certain. I do know, however, that by keeping the widgets read-only during the backup, we will be back up and running a lot sooner.

So thank you in advance for your patience with this upgrade. It’s not much fun for anybody, but it’s something we’ll all be glad we did.