Look and feel

I have failed to mention the fact that I have a new theme on my website. I’ve become annoyed with pure white and stark black themes that I have been seeking something that didn’t burn my eyes if viewed first thing in the morning.

It’s a tweaked version of a downloadable theme by James Barclay (http://everythingisgray.com/), and I find it rather smart and easy going at the same time.

What do you think?


It seems the new functionality I added is working wonderfully. In the days since Sunday I've had no spam comments posted (touch wood) although there has been over 500+ hits from possible spammers.

It's quite funny that the spammers browser information indicates that they are using Java to run these automated spam scripts and there is no attempt to hide this fact. The worst offender on my website in the past 4 days was from a network in America registered to “AirlineReservations.Com, Inc.”. Which it turns out is a dubious natured website, mostly comprising of adverts.

A quick scout around revealed that this IP is indeed frequently responsible for spamming guestbooks and comment sections of websites all over the place. So as a further measure to reduce the number of bots that will be able to post spam comments I've been looking at an additional measure that I can implement. I've been following Project Honey Pot and schemes like it for sometime so I've decided to use one of their services, http:BL.

This blacklist service can be used to check the IP address of a visitor against the data held by Project Honey Pot. This will return 4 pieces of information:
A valid query response
The number of days since the IP was last active on the Project Honey Pot network
A Threat Score
And a type of visitor indicator

Using the last 3 pieces of information it should be possible to reduce potential spam attacks even further.

Updated 22:40
Well I've added new functionality to the comment pages that will now check against the blacklist. I'll monitor the traffic for the next week or so just to check that all is ok.

Statistics & Visits

I like statistics; they can prove every helpful finding bugs and errors, but also give some great information about general usage.So signed up to the Google Webmaster tools a few months back, to see how google views my site and to hopefully catch errors that I may have missed.
This proved very helpful on some items, plus it gives some decent information about searches that included your website and the related position of your site in the results.

I've never been the kind that attempts to gain Search engine positions nor do I care about Search Engine Optimisation when building my site or creating content.

So I was more than bewildered, for lack of a better word, when I accessed my websites search related information on Google for the last 7 days.
It appears that the post I made about a Phishing email I had received, was now appearing second on Google searches for the Halifax URL, the first of course being the official website.

Additional searches engine results have redirected visitors to my website for other items related to that same Phishing post.

I suppose that it's a good thing that people are searching information on suspected Phishing emails and I hope that their profile is raised among those people less knowledgeable about the attempts to gain information from internet users.