Why you should attend WordCamp Milano

This year in Milan (Italy) there will be the second WordCamp Milano. The video above is a quick recap of the last year’s edition. I was unable to attend in 2016, but this year – from November 18th to 19th I’ll try my best to be part of the community event.

More infos @ https://2017.milano.wordcamp.org

How-To disable AMP on your WordPress.com website

I have grown an aversion to Google AMP. Playing with the new template I saw that when it was made available here on the WordPress.com platform I’ve enabled it.

Since I manage my blog/website in the ‘old school’ way I could not find anywhere over the Dashboard a setting to disable it. A quick search on the official support forum gave me the answer, simply point your browser to:

https:// wordpress.com/settings/traffic/ $YOURSITE.wordpress.com

…and you’ll be propted with the new WordPress.com interface (still under development) and the option to enable/disable this AMP technology…

Things I did not like on WordPress.com in 2016 – ep.1

In a few days it’ll be eleven years that I’m writing here on WordPress.com … and lately I have mixed feelings on the platform.

Some of the new features introduced in 2016 were not of my liking, so I thought to write them down and focus my ideas so to submit them to the Automattic’s team on UI and UX.

The new footer

footer-credits-option-wordpress-comA new Footer Credits Option was introduced earlier this year.

While I do understand the need of affirming the WordPress.com brand for site hosting (mainly due to the rise of Medium.com as a full featured publishing platform with huge social media echo and integration), I find that not all the options proposed are respectful of my Author status. “Powered by WordPress.com” is  – to me – the most right option.

I am not a member of WordPress.com ‘firm’, nor I do feel particularly inside a ‘WordPress.com community’ … since I do participate in any event or coordinated writing effort. So “A WordPress.com Website” or “Blog at WordPress.com” seems misleading to me.

I think that given the WordPress community standards behind Automattic this can be played better in 2017…

Missing template reference

Another personal chagrin is the loss of the mention of the template used by a particular blogger.

Lots of times I found myself discovering the available templates available here on WordPress.com … and being surprised by the stuff published by the various authors and the way they pushed the ‘limits’ of the theme they choose. In this, to make an easy example, my friend Riccardo Mori at System Folder is a master. Now … imagine you go ‘in love’ with the theme he is using: how much efforts do you have to make to see what template is he using if you want to adopt on your WordPress.com space ?

I can understand that if I am in a paying tier this option of hiding my tools and specs … like you can do when you buy an expensive Mercedes. But on free tiers you are hiding a potentially useful information to the platform users…

What do you think ? Let me know in the comments!

Back to Independent Publisher

After some weeks of experiments I’ve switched back to Independent Publisher as the main theme/template for this weblog.

Even if the WordPress.com version is quite a bit different from the Author’s version I still find it as one of the best – free – plain and honest bloggin’ theme here on the platform. So I’ve switched back to it and customized a little the  sidebar. Probably I’ll change the colors/fonts combinations a little more but, if nothing else comes in the way, I’ll stick with it for a while.

Also I do have to make amend for the poor curation of many of the links proposed here without a comment or a word on why I’ve found them worth mentioning them here. This is one area of improvement goals I’ve set myself for the upcoming eleventh year of this blog…

As usual I’m eager to read your comments and ideas, so please share them with me in case!

Sara Rosso’ recipe for a good WordPress website

During last week-end I had the chance to read over some old post in the When I have time weblog of Sara Rosso. Those slides were made for her speech at the latest International Food Blog Conference in Sept. 2015. I thought you might enjoy it as well as I did …

Academicons, a font icon set for academics

Academicons (20160406)

For working reasons I had to work on a project at work were for each researcher I had to link a ‘social’ profile, not on Facebook or other popular – consumer – networks, but for some specialized ones … like ReaserchGate, Google Scholar, Mendeley, etc.. If you’re into academics you know them. Here is Academicons

With a bit of luck I found a GitHub project by James Walsh, a post-doctoral researcher, were he made and collected a series of font icons – 100% compatible with the more famous FontAwesome that solved my need with few lines of code.