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Better WordPress Search

Monday, November 28th, 2011

One of WordPress’ weak points is its search.  Whenever you search for a phrase, it will just return all posts with that word in reverse chronological order.  People are used to the power of Google searches, these days seemingly having the ability to guess exactly where you want to go before you even finish entering [...]

How People Consume our Content

Friday, June 17th, 2011

How do people consume the content we create on our blogs?  That is the question I’d like to examine in this post. In the charts below, I compare the various ways that people consume our content for each of our blogs during the past month. People can come directly to our sites on their desktop [...]

The Growth of Mobile

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Earlier this year I acknowledged the growing trend of mobile browsers and soon after rolled out an improved mobile theme to GothamSchools.  This week I deployed the same mobile platform to and the other city Streetsblogs.  See the new theme below: As with GothamSchools, this new theme has many advanced features such as reformatting [...]

Developing WordPress Mobile Themes

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Here at OpenPlans, we decided we wanted to upgrade our mobile presence for a few of our blogs.  The number of smartphones that were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010 exceeded the number of personal computers shipped, so we see our mobile presence becoming increasingly important. Choosing a Mobile Plugin The first step was [...]

WordPress, Web Servers, and Cacheing Plugin Testing

Monday, February 7th, 2011

We run several high-traffic WordPress blogs on a lighttpd web server.  Combined, they get about 150,000 unique visitors per month.  We originally moved from an apache web server to lighttpd, because lighttpd can handle a much larger traffic load with the same server resources. The problem with using lighttpd is that it is not very [...]

Civic Media Tech 2011

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

We have several high traffic blogs in the Civic Media department of OpenPlans: StreetsblogNYC (55000 visitors/month) StreetsblogDC (20000 visitors/month) StreetsblogSF (45000 visitors/month) StreetsblogLA (25000 visitors/month) (12000 visitors/month) Streetfilms (25000 visitors/month) GothamSchools (45000 visitors/month) Over the past while, the technology and design of the blogs have become somewhat outdated, we have tolerated some technical performance [...]

Browser Cacheing

Friday, November 27th, 2009

The Problem If you go to a post on, type in a beautifully written comment, fill in the rest of the fields including 5+7 is, um, 13 and hit “Post”, you get “Error: You have entered the wrong sum in the spam protection field…”  Damn!  So you hit Back and go to correct your [...]