If you’re serious about your website then you either are already gathering statistics on your site’s traffic or you wish you were. If WordPress is your publishing platform of choice here are a couple WordPress plugin options I use which will give you some great results with little effort.

bsuite

The first option, which I’ve been using since I started Life After Coffee is Casey Bisson’s bsuite plugin. This plugin is what puts the Top Stories in my sidebar as well as handling my tagging, showing read counts at the bottom of stories, and much more.

The bsuite plugin gives you lots of options and a comprehensive report of reads on top stories and your top days for reads. Initial setup is easy with lots of options for more advanced configuration.

Google Analytics and Google Analyticator

If you haven’t already got a Google Analytics account you’ll have to get in line. As of the time of this writing they are not allowing new accounts but you can sign up to be notified when they open up.

Once you’ve got an Analytics account you need to post a few lines of Java code into the head of your pages. This is where Google Analyticator from cavemonkey50.com comes in. This plugin will automatically insert the Analytics code in all the right places.

Analiticator setup is straight forward with some nice options. It sets up like most other WordPress plugins then all you need to do is activate it and enter your Analytics UID (provided by Google.) Most importantly, since Analyticator is a plugin it continues to work if you change themes to another plugin compatible theme (which would not be the case if you manually inserted the code.)

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Innovation Creators (which I’ve started reading regularly) has an interesting and broad article about micromanagement. The article touches on micro- versus macro-management in industry, relevance to enterprise blogs and economy.

Having recently suffered through the ultimate micromanagement experience, and now working for a true macromanager (referred to as Theory X and Theory Y managers respectively) this article outlines the differences very well and points to some other interesting resources on the topic.

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JR Screen Ruler and PixieI’m no web designer but I’ve done quite a bit of modification for this site and these two little free tools help a lot.

The first one is JR Screen Ruler. It’s a small app which does just what you see. You can place a ruler, measured in pixels, anywhere on your screen. You can have it vertically or horizontally and you can adjust the length.

This image actually shows one ruler vertical and one horizontal. It will stay on top of all open windows. There are other screen rulers out there but this one has all the features I’m looking for.

The second app is Pixie. Pixie shows you a swatch of the pixel your mouse is currently over. It also gives you the hex, HTML, RGB, CMYK, and HSV values of the color making it easy to capture the color for reproduction in your favorite app. You can even hit control-alt-c to copy the HTML value for the color you’re looking at straight to the clipboard.

Thanks again to Zach (who is a web designer) for introducing me to these tools.

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EditPlus in actionWhile there are many text editors out there offering a broad set of features my favorite right now is EditPlus.

EditPlus is a Windows shareware application designed for text, HTML, Java, PHP, etc. It’s very thin requiring little (nearly no) load time and has many great features such as:

  • Syntax hilighting for many languages
  • EditPlus on Windows right-click
  • FTP and SFTP integration
  • Templates
  • Line Numbering
  • Column Selection
  • Optional Spell Checker

The list of features is long and every revision brings more. Check out the Features page for more.

I’ve been using the Oracle 9iR2 syntax file from the user files section of EditPlus.com and it seems to pick up all the SQL and PL/SQL syntax I use, although many other syntax files exist and you could always make your own.

As mentioned above, EditPlus is shareware. A single user license is only $30, and with discounts for buying in bulk there is no reason not to pay, but for now, download it, try it, and see why you can’t live without it.

Thanks to Zach for showing this to me a couple years ago.

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OracleOracle has taken an interesting step, and I hope others will follow.

Blogs.Oracle.com seems to have been created as an Oracle blogroll! Why is this important? Well, for one thing it means Oracle is encouraging their employees to blog, but additionally they are also linking to non-employee blogs.

Here’s the introduction from Blogs.Oracle.com:

Welcome to the Oracle blogging community, where Oracle executives, employees, and non-employees alike exchange views about best practices for using Oracle and industry-standard technologies. This continuous feedback loop helps Oracle stay in touch with the needs of the overall community, so keep those comments coming!

This not only validates what others have been saying regarding the value of blogging in the corporate environment, but also recognizes the role that non-employees play in the big picture.

Check it out at Blogs.Oracle.com. Right now there are a couple dozen employee blogs and fourty-something non-employee blogs. Hopefully they’ll stay on top of adding new folks as they come along.

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