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Run a WordPress site and want to auto-notify subscribers of updates?

I very much like the idea of offering the option for readers to be automatically notified when i post new content and while there are many plugins in the WordPress repository that can handle this, there was only one which met my requirements and the developer pulled the plug on it.

The plugin i used was Post Notif and it had several key features no other notification plugin had. For starters, it was entirely self-hosted without any reliance upon 3rd party data harvesting scumbags in order to do its job. Post Notif also allowed people to subscribe to content update notifications without having to create an account on your WordPress site, an email address being all that was necessary. Lastly, the developer, Devon, is a great guy. He coded a bunch of good features and functionality into Post Notif, including lots of options and nice management pages for WordPress administrators.

I stopped using Post Notif a couple months ago because it kept getting older while WordPress kept getting newer and so i started to worry about security and compatibility. I racked up quite a few hours over the course of weeks sifting through the WordPress plugin repo trying to find a replacement for Post Notif and came up empty every time, and then i found this dude by the name of Jeff Starr who is apparently well known in the WordPress community and an accomplished developer. You might want to check out his website, Perishable Press, where he posts a lot of good information regarding WordPress. I use one or two of his plugins here, plus his firewall.

This is all tentative at the moment, but when i contacted Jeff about the possibility of taking over the development of Post Notif, he didn't hesitate and Devon, the former developer, seems happy that his plugin won't be forgotten. Not only am i happy about all this, but i suspect quite a few WordPress admins will also be happy when they see Post Notif return to the WordPress plugin repository, though possibly under a new name.

Why you've been unsubscribed from comment notifications (and what to do about it)

During the (horrific) move to a new server host, changes were made to the website and some stuff was broken. One of the changes was that i dumped the old comment notification plugin and replaced it with a better one. Unfortunately, and for whatever reason, i never restored the subscriptions and i no longer have a backup and so everyone that did subscribe to receive comment notifications is now unsubscribed.

So, if you want to re-subscribe, you can either leave a new comment(s) on whatever page(s) for which you want to be notified of new comments, or you can contact me and let me know what page(s) you want me to subscribe you to. Whichever the case, understand that you obviously need to provide a working mail address.

Comment reply notifications have been removed

While configuring some stuff having to do with the mail server, i started seeing where it was sending a lot of mail to bogus addresses. As such, i have removed the option to be notified of new comments when one leaves a comment on an article/post.

Removing comment notifications is not something i like at all, however it is more important that the mail server IP doesn't get blacklisted, as it already has in one case which i'm trying to resolve now.

Although comment notifications are no longer possible via email, you can still subscribe to comment feeds if you want to be notified when someone leaves a comment. See the Subscribe page for more info.

When your web host has a shootout with the cops ... and loses

I didn't know what a "furry" was until a few days ago. Apparently Simba Lion (yes, that is was his real name), former owner of Pride Tech Design, my web host until recently, was a "furry".

"Furry" equates to weirdo in my book, but Simba's personal life wasn't my concern, at least not until a few days ago. Fact is, i think he was pretty damn good at what he did, which was reselling and managing VPS (Virtual Private Server) services for clients who, like me, want a website but have outgrown the shitty charade of shared hosting. Fifteen bucks a month for a fully managed and decently outfitted VPS running on Digital Ocean infrastructure from a guy who i saw as very knowledgeable and ethical was a deal i don't think i'll ever find again, not to mention the level of support he offered.

12bytes.org went offline on December 12th. The site has virtually never been offline since i've been with Simba so it was a bit of a surprise to see it down, but i wasn't too concerned because i knew he'd jump right on it, except he didn't. Eventually i opened a support ticket and my mail was returned. Weird. Then i visited pridetechdesign.com and it too was down. Very weird.

On November 19, 2019, Simba Lion apparently got into an argument with some bug exterminators and things turned toxic. The cops were called (you can listen to 911 call here). The news tells us that he shot at the officers, wounding one, and, in turn, they shot back. Simba died shortly thereafter. I was oblivious to all of this until December the 13th or so when i started searching the interwebs to figure out what the hell happened to my website and Pride Tech Design.

If you're in to lot's of drama and fluff, there's a long thread about Simba over at Kiwi Farms. The Simba i knew was very different than the one described on Kiwi Farms. He came across as a straight-laced Johnny do-gooder who was very professional without being impersonal. Maybe he was a weirdo and maybe, if we can believe the media, he was unhinged enough to play O.K. Corral with the coppers for no good reason. Then again, maybe there's more to the story. Either way, as web hosting provider, i'll miss the man.