Archive for December, 2008

Want to change the look of your linky?

Friday, December 5th, 2008

I’ve been meaning to write this up for some time. Sometimes your linky widget won’t look quite right. It’s just the way things are sometimes when you’ve got style in your template. And one of these days I’ll get around to fixing that. But in the mean time, you still want it to look right! So here’s what you do, and of course, if you have a test blog to play with, that makes things easier, but if you have to do this in your live blog, SAVE A BACKUP OF YOUR TEMPLATE before you go making these changes.

In your <head> section (which might have “profile=blah-blah” in it, but hopefully you know what I mean)… you’ll want to put this code, that I’m going to highlight in red, alongside what should already be there, in gray. I’m setting the link font to 10 point Tahoma, as an example.

<head profile="http://gmpg.org/xfn/11">
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://blenza.com/linkies/header.js"></script>
<!-- begin style for mister linky -->
<style type="text/css">
.blenza-td {
  font-family: Tahoma;
  font-size: 10pt;
}
</style>
<!-- end style for mister linky -->

If you want a different color (green, for example), you’ll add something like this:

<!-- begin style for mister linky -->
<style type="text/css">
.blenza-td {
  font-family: Tahoma;
  font-size: 10pt;
  color: #00f;
}
.blenza-td a {
  color: #00f;
}
</style>
<!-- end style for mister linky -->

Sometimes the way your template has styles defined, the links won’t be the right color until you add a little extra magic — sometimes you have to do something like this:

#content .blenza-td a {
  color: #00f;
}

…but it’s not always “#content” so if you run into trouble, don’t hesitate to submit a help desk ticket and I’ll walk you through the details.

UPDATE

To make your widget a little narrower, use this kind of code:

<style type="text/css">
.blenza-box {
width:400px;
}
</style>

Outage issue.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

There appears to be some kind of hosting issue that is causing an outage.  I’ve filed an emergency ticket with them and will update you all when I find out what’s going on.  Thank you for your patience!

Clarification: if you see something about an account being suspended, it’s not YOUR account that’s suspended, it’s Mister Linky’s hosting account. Uggh!

UPDATE: It happened again, and for the last time, the server got moved. This caused two problems. 1) Any update that took place since some time last week didn’t get moved; 2) Users’ browsers may still be looking at the old server, not the new one. And 3) for a while on the old server there were “account suspended” messages and login prompts.

Issue #1 is resolved. I’ve been working for hours fixing the data, and moved/updated 13,027 rows by hand. NOTE: IF YOUR MEMBERSHIP/UPGRADE IS NOT SHOWING UP, PLEASE LOG OUT AND LOG BACK IN AT www.blenza.com — IF THIS DOESN’T FIX IT, PLEASE LOG AT TICKET AT THE HELP DESK.

Issue #2 should resolve on its own. If you find that you’re still looking at the old server, seeing nothing instead of Mister Linky, you might try clearing your browser’s cache and/or rebooting your computer.

Issue #3 should also be behind us. Sorry if there was any confusion about this message and the behavior of any blog using Mister Linky’s widgets.

I sincerely apologize for this unexpected downtime, and have extended by ONE MONTH every single upgraded membership in the system.