I’ve made a few changes on the technical side of the blog. You may have noticed a new look in the comment box. The first change is a spell checker and large-screen editor, invoked with a couple of icons upper left:
The second won’t be visible until you make a comment. After you make a comment you’ll see:
The editing time period is set for 5 minutes (the default). I have removed the comment preview feature because (a) it didn’t work very well and (b) you have a nice full screen editor you can use, and if there is a problem, you can just edit and fix it.
I mentioned before that I’ve started embedding videos using HTML5, like the tutorial here on editing comments 😉 Note that I have it set to really delete comments rather than requesting deletion as in the video.
I’ve also included new facilities for presenting MP3 audio files. I went back to the few old ones that were here and updated links to the integrated HTML5-based player that will use Flash as a backup. Since audio is easier, there may be more of it.
A new version of WP SuperCache has been installed that supports mobile devices better. Those visiting with mobile phones might see some improvement in operation and speed.
The BIG question is whether to replace the commenting system entirely with something external like DISQUS or Facebook. DISQUS is the commenting system currently used by WorldNetDaily. One advantage is that you can go to the DISQUS web site, see your comments and replies to your comments from multiple web sites. There is a video introduction to DISQUS. Supposedly there is a way to import existing comments, but my guess is that 141,000 of them will break it.
If you like the changes, thank the volunteer WordPress developers who build all these neat tools.