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Seems like a false title, should have been “Life after the announcement of death of Google Reader” – whatever, Google Reader is reaching to its end now — people are quickly moving to other RSS feed readers after Google announced the death of the best feed reader service on March 13. I was using this service since 2009 and have read over 20 of thousands of articles through it. As a student, Google Reader meant a lot to me; whether it’s about reading the informative WordPress.com News or going through Terence Tao’s notes: Google Reader was everywhere. Now all the applications which were based Google Reader API, will not be functioning after 1st July, so there was a desperate need of finding a new Feed-Reader for me.
Here are the Google Reader alternatives, which I gave rigorous tries and found useful.
Long post and page URLs can be annoying. There are times when you may want to edit WordPress slugs for long titled posts or pages, so you can share a shorter link with friends. Here’s an example: http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/derivative-of-x-squared-is-2x-or-x-where-is-the-fallacy/ (one of the most popular posts from my blog). Would you like to write these (about) hundred characters? Or would you like to use WP.ME link shortener, which for this post was http://wp.me/p14tlY-hv ? Well, second idea sounds better than first one. But you’ll never get the same satisfaction from it because blog URL http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com is not visible, and also looks odd when typed in address bar. What then? This post is on some choices you might want to try. But before we go, let me explain what slug is?
A slug is a few words that describe a post or a page. Slugs are usually an URL friendly version of the post title (which has been automatically generated by WordPress), but a slug can be anything you like. Slugs are meant to be used with permalinks as they help describe what the content at the URL is. The post slug is the part of the URL after the date in a post’s URL. When the default post slug is created, all letters will be converted to lowercase, spaces will be exchanged with dashes, and any special characters will be removed. You can modify the post slug by clicking the Edit button next to it in visual editor. When you’re finished editing, click Save and then Update Post/Page. »via WordPress Codex
How to shorten a WordPress post or page slug with a more efficient way?
Here are some interesting ways to define a personalised, very short and share-friendly version of URL for your post.
- Eliminate the ‘time-stamp’ from the slug and
redirects to the same post at
So it got a little shorter.
- Want it to be even shorter? Then cut one or more characters from the URL: For example:
http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com/derivative-of-x-squared-is-2x-or-x/ etc. are equivalent and redirect to the same post.
- Want it be shorter still? Then eliminate everything but single word. e.g., http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com/derivative/
Looks cool, no? Yes, Just like a Page URL on WordPress.com! And it redirects to the same post as all other links above.
- Is the word too long for you? Then abbreviate it to
- Want it be still shorter? Try the shortest, a single letter: http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com/d/ ! Well, it does not redirect to http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/derivative-of-x-squared-is-2x-or-x-where-is-the-fallacy/
Where does it go? It goes to d’ Alembert’s Test of Convergence . Reason is specified below at point 2.
Here are some points, which follow and guide you on shortening URLs:
- Hyphens are not important when considering shortened-urls.
- Any URL of the type http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com/d redirects to a post/page which slug starts with ‘d’. If there are two posts having slugs starting with the same letter of the alphabet (here d),then it will, in alpahabetical order, redirect to that post which first word (if same then second word) comes first in English Dictionary. For example http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com/d will redirect to http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com/d-alembert/ rather than to http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com/derivative/
- If two/more posts have the same slugs and you are using an identical shortener that it might go to any of them, then that will (should) redirect to the post which was published earlier.
- Some slugs are not allowedin posts or pages on WordPress.com and they are:
- Periods(.) are not allowed in slugs.
- You can not shorten your post URLs /page URLs (this way) until published.
- This trick also works for self hosted WordPress.org blogs.
So, are you going to experiment with your WordPress.com Post URLs?
Disclaimer: There is no technical basis for these shortening tricks. They are soley based on experiments with WordPress.com slugs. This post was made under supervision of timethief, I am grateful to her. I would also like to say thanks to Ganesh Dhamodkar, who was the guy I tested all these with.
Feel free to comment if you are getting any problem in shortening URLs or if just want to say ‘Hi’.
Long URL for this Post: http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/wordpress-url-shortening/
Short URL for this post: http://wpgaurav.wordpress.com/wor/
This is the first month of this series and discussing article is made in hurry, so one can feel an emptiness and lack of interest in it. But believe, Blog of the monthwas not selected in hurry. I took quick looks on about 500 blogs and thousands of posts. I created a list of all blogs I read and rated them on behalf of their qualities, visitors, content, language etc. From the list of 513 blogs, the shortlisted blogs were:
- What’s New (math)
- Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP(Math and Computer Science)
- Peter Cameron’s Blog(math)
- Let’s Play Math(math)
- Unapologetic Mathematician(math)
- Cock Tail Party Physics(Physics)
- WordPress Tips(Blogging)
- Honglang Wang’s Blog (Math and Programming)
- The GeomBlog(CS)
- Republic Of Mathematics (Math and Media)
I count a lot of things that there’s no need to count. Just because that’s the way I am. But I count all the things that need to be counted.
And Yes! The blog of the month is Peter Cameron’s Blog with useful content, interactive language and multidimensional approach to mathematics.
Peter Cameron is a professor of mathematics in London and he writes about math, media and education at http://cameroncounts.wordpress.com. He mingles everything with math, like poetry – media – fun and internet. His blog is full of Expositories, Problems and Results, Posts about doing – playing and learning mathematics, Poetry, Events Talks and Conferences, Typesettings and Mathematics in Media. A list of categorized posts can be found here.
Frequency of Posts: 8.5/10
Content Management: 10/10
[Last Updated: 20:03 IST 2011/08/05]
What are you views and thoughts on this selection? Rate Peter Cameron’s blog on the base of 10. Your comments are heartly welcomed.
Four friends Matt, James, Ian and Barry, who all knew each other from being members of the Automattic, called Automatticians, sat around a table that had a dish with 11 apples in it. The chat was intense, and they ended up eating all the apples. Everybody had at least one apple, and everyone know that fact, and each automattician knew the number of apples he ate. They didn’t know how many apples each of the others ate, though. They agreed to ask only questions that they didn’t know the answers to:
Matt asked: Did you eat more apples than I did, James?
James: I don’t know. Did you, Ian, eat more apples than I did?
Ian: I don’t know.
Barry: Aha!! I figured out..
So, Barry figured out how many apples each person ate. Can you do the same?
Matt: 1 Apple
James: 2 Apples
Ian: 3 Apples
Barry: 5 Apples
Matt could not have eaten 5 or more. James could not have eaten only one or he would have known that he hadn’t eaten more than Ian. Neither could he have eaten 5 or more. He could have eaten 2 or 3 or 4 apples. Ian figures this out, although he still doesn’t know if he ate more than James. This mean that Ian must have eaten 3 or 4 apples. Barry can only deduce the other amounts if he ate 5 apples. And the rest, in order to add up to 11 , must have eaten 1, 2 and 3.
Inspired from a childhood heard puzzle.
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