Decorative Flower
Her Realm, Personal website and blog of Cole
Apr 12

Make Growmap AntiSpam Compatible With WPTouch in Mobile Browsers

Growmap AntiSpam and WPTouch Mobile don't play well together in Chrome

Growmap AntiSpam and WPTouch Mobile don’t play well together in Chrome for Android

A few days ago, Maggie posted in BloggerPR about how Growmap Anti-Spam wasn’t working right on the mobile version of her site, which is powered by WPTouch. I took a look and, sure enough, mine wasn’t working either. In short, the checkbox looked mishaped. I described it as “melted.” Neither the checkbox nor the label text allowed you to select the checkbox. Strangely enough, even though it didn’t look like it was selected, you could still submit a comment. Overall, not very good.

So I delved  into the code to determine what was going on. The checkbox was indeed a checkbox, and it wasn’t even styled. I determined that it must be something in the theme, but this isn’t true. The issue was only occurring with certain browsing including but not limited to:

  • Chrome on Android
  • Amazon Silk (Kindle)
  • Android’s default browser

However, this isn’t an issue with Firefox with Android so you may not even have noticed it if you don’t typically view your own site from your smartphone or tablet or if you don’t use those browsers. Nevertheless, the majority of your mobile visitors could be unable to leave comments, which means less engagement for your effort and possibly lost readers.

Why wants that? Not you and me, that’s for sure!

However, you can fix it. In fact, I have two solutions. Both simply use CSS to reset all checkboxes on your mobile theme, so the box and label text for Growmap AntiSpam works correctly, and your visitors can comment all night long!

Method 1 — Jetpack

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Select Jetpack from the navigation.
  3. Enable the “Custom CSS” module.
  4. Enable “Mobile Theme” through Jetpack.
  5. Click “Appearance.” Choose “Edit CSS”
  6. Click “Edit” next to mobile-compatible and choose “Yes”.
  7. Paste the following code into the text box.
  8. Click “Save stylesheet.”


input[type="checkbox"] {
-webkit-appearance: checkbox !important;
-moz-appearance: checkbox !important;
-ms-appearance: checkbox !important;
-o-appearance: checkbox !important;
appearance: checkbox !important;

Let me know if this advice helps you!If, for some reason, you cannot edit this file or this fix doesn’t take, I have a second option!

Method 2 — WPTouch

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Select “Editor” from Appearance.
  3. Choose WPTouch basic theme from the top down menu.
  4. Open style_structure.css.
  5. Copy the follow code to the end of the stylesheet and save. Voila!
input[type="checkbox"] {
-webkit-appearance: checkbox !important;
-moz-appearance: checkbox !important;
-ms-appearance: checkbox !important;
-o-appearance: checkbox !important;
appearance: checkbox !important;

Apr 11

Attention Bloggers: Heartbleed Affects You!

Heartbleed Patch Needed

What to do in the wake of Heartbleed

Normally, when you log on to a website and you see the green “HTTPS” in your address bar, you feel pretty safe. Your bank, PayPal, Facebook and Google are all among sites that use encryption to make sure that your private information stays private. However, the Internet just got news of Heartbleed. What is this strange thing with an even stranger name? It’s a bug in OpenSSL, one of the popular methods used to encrypt data such as passwords and credit card numbers.

What does this mean?

In short, OpenSSL hasn’t necessarily been doing its job for almost 2 years.

What should I do?

Expect that your passwords and log-in information have been floating around the Web for 24 months. In the best case scenario, no one has this information. In the worst case scenario, someone has it but hasn’t decided to use it — yet! Changing your passwords is essential.

What sites are effected?

Not all websites that use HTTPs are affected. Not all sites that use OpenSSL were vulnerable. Those that are have, hopefully, fixed the bugs  (if they’re smart). However, there are a lot of websites that you might use as a blogger that are effected.

Mashable has a more complete list of all the websites affected by Heartbleed, and you might use some of them! Check it out.

Apr 02

My Heart Wants

I have long been a fan of Lennon Murphy, a chick rocker who, yes, is named after that Lennon. She had a solo career, and I discovered her on MTV Rock (remember when that was a thing?!) in high school. I bought her first album and a few later, but she never achieved that same success.

I would eventually go on to start a Lennon fanlisting, which I deleted when I removed the rest of my fanlistings shortly before I switched Web hosts. But her career didn’t keep up. I was sad because I like chicks who rock. It’s also the same reason that I had a Pat Benatar fanlisting — and tattoo!

I had created a Google alert to be updated whenever Lennon popped up because I needed to update my fanlisting, and I must have forgotten to delete it when I deleted my fanlisting. You can imagine my surprise today when I signed in to my email to see that alert, which I had completely forgotten.

But it was awesome!

Lennon is back with a new band and this is their first single and I love it!

So I’ll post about it so you can love it, too!

Mar 26

On “Conscious Uncoupling”

So the media is all abuzz with stories about Gwyneth Paltrow and whats-his-face are splitting after ten years of marriage. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t give two flying fucks about the couple. She’s an airhead with no sense of reality and he makes horrible music. Okay, I don’t know her, but I’m sure this is the case.

I am sad to see a family breaking up, and ten years seems long enough that they should work on it, but maybe her awkward usage of the term “conscious uncoupling” indicates that they have. I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider most breakups to be done in a conscious or thoughtful way. They all seem so sudden — to one person who has no idea that her marriage or his engagement had been wrong to the other person all along.

So the idea that a couple has some together to talk about things that aren’t working and to try to improve them seems like a smart one to me — even if it’s alien to many people. It’s certainly in the best interest of children, who don’t need to see their parents fighting while they try to stay together “for the family” or parents who are fighting through their divorce because they can’t find an agreement when it comes to who gets what.

I think that people need to put at least as much thought into breaking up as they do getting together, and perhaps if people put more thought into coupling, they would be less likely to uncouple.

Everyone is thinking about the awkward wording and focusing on the issue through a macro filter. However, I think the more important issue is how we look at relationships when we think the idea of someone consciously breaking up with someone and being able to remain friends. Of course, I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes wonder what went wrong with a couple when they seem so willing and able to remain friends and people who care about one another. But maybe it’s better to cut your losses early so you can maintain those type of relationships for your own sanity, the benefit of your children and everyone around you.

And maybe through conscious actions and discussions, you might actually find that your relationship might be worth saving and that all you need to do is remain mindful during the every-day life. Living consciously really makes everything better, so why not “uncoupling,” too?

Mar 24

Happily Ever After

When I am happy, I feel as though it would be okay if the world ended in this moment. Because I am happy. I am home. Nothing more need happen.

I don’t want to top it. I don’t want to relive it. I want to stay in that moment forever — some part of my conscious existing in the ether even though my life has been cut short.

But it’s not short. It’s perfectly timed if it ends during those moments when I am completely and utterly happy. And I know that the longer I live, the further apart those moments will be, the greater the divide between happy and everything-else will be.

So I’d rather just let go.