We’re now running WordPress 3.9 “Smith”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Posted by

Version 3.9 of WordPress, named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. This release features a number of refinements that we hope you’ll love.

Further details about the changes in 3.9 can be found on the WordPress News site. I’ll also be looking to start updating at least some of the training videos to reflect these changes.

Welcome Snyder Public Library

Monday, April 14, 2014 Posted by

This past weekend the Snyder Public Library re-opened both physically and virtually. Check out their new Web site and soon, I’m told,  they’ll be posting photos of their freshly remodeled library.

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Jetpack security update

Monday, April 14, 2014 Posted by

Jetpack logoIf you’re using the Jetpack plugin, chances are you’ve received and e-mail in the past week regarding a needed security update. There is nothing you need do in response to this e-mail. We’ve taken care of it on this end for you.

Welcome Kilgore Memorial Library

Thursday, April 3, 2014 Posted by

This morning we get to say hello to our 65th library to go live with Nebraska Libraries on the Web: The Kilgore Memorial Library in York, NE. Stop by and check out their site. They’ve chosen a very different theme and have done some interesting things with it.

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I pasted in some code, and WordPress made it disappear!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Posted by

Does this sound familiar?

I got some code from our catalog vendor and they told me that I could put a search box on my Web site. All I had to do was past in this code:

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://libraryname.biblionix.com/feeds/apollo_feeds.js">
<table apollo_feed="recent_added:days_back=10:max=5:horizontal:minimal=1"></table>

I did that, and saved my changes but then when I looked again all that was in the box was:

<table></table>

What happened?

The code in this example isn’t necessarily exactly what you were using but the problem is the same. Sometimes WordPress removes HTML code that you’ve pasted into your site. Why is that?

Simply put, WordPress has some built in security that removes code that it views as “non-standard” and/or potentially harmless. In the above example the bit about the “apollo_feed” is not standard HTML so it was removed. The whole <script> line was removed for security reasons as scripting is very powerful and it can be used for good, but it can also be used for evil. By default, WordPress defaults to a very cautious stance and that’s ultimately a good thing.

However, I’ve been working with a few libraries recently and there is a solution that I can implement from this end. So, if you’re encountering this problem, please send me the code you’re trying to use, what it’s supposed to do, and let me know where on your page you’d like it to appear. For security reasons we’ll still take a look at it to make sure it won’t cause any problems and as long as it doesn’t I’ll happily implement it for you.

Welcome Fullerton Public Library

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Posted by

There’s been a bunch of new libraries signing up but they’re not ready to go live yet. However today Fullerton Public Library was ready and are now live.

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Facts About Public Libraries

Monday, March 24, 2014 Posted by

Libraries for Real Life

Libraries For Real Life has a great pages full of statistics and stories about public libraries which you could mine for some great informational blog posts on your site. For example, did you know:

  • 68 percent of Americans have a library card
  • There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the US – a total of 16,541 including branches
  • Americans check out an average of more than seven books a year. They spend $33.56 a year for the public library – about the average cost of one hardcover book.

 

Is that comment spam or legit?

Thursday, March 20, 2014 Posted by

SpamChances are you’ve gotten a few comments that sort of read like they’re legitimate comments but something just seems off. The problem centers around the fact that there are computer generated comments that read well enough to get around our spam filters. In most cases the program randomly picks text from a large database of many options.

Yesterday, a friend of mine pointed to this comment submitted his WordPress site. In this case, the program messed up and didn’t send just one random message, it sent what looks like all of them. So, if you’re interested in glancing through a nearly 600-line example of all sorts of spam you may receive, you’ll get a better idea of what comment spam looks like.

Do your patrons know where to find you?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Posted by

Take a moment and check your site for your library’s address and phone number. Is it on your About page? That’s good. Is it in your sidebar and therefore showing up on ever page? Even better. Is it not on your site at all? There’s something you should fix.

Welcome Dundy County and Valley

Thursday, January 16, 2014 Posted by

Say hello to our two newest libraries to go live: Dundy County Library and Valley Public Library.

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