I'm using Radio UserLand to publish several Web sites: Workbench, Orlando Vacationer, and the Bizarro-world news site Drudge Retort. The latter two sites use Radio's categorization feature -- posts sent to Orlando and Drudge categories are upstreamed to their destination, the former as rendered HTML files and the latter as RSS feeds. This system works pretty well, but one drawback is that posts sometimes end up in the wrong place, as a few did this morning. I'm beta-testing the UserLand editor SmartManila and have ... read more

SocialDynamx is developing SmartManila, a Windows program for editing Radio UserLand and Manila sites: Once setup, you can quickly switch between different services and not lose any data retrieved or the connection established to communicate with each unique server. SmartManila brings the same benefits to Manila that FM Radio brought to Radio. Some of the highlights are: Drafts, Spell-checker, Seamless image support, Integrated multi-tabbed browser with undockable tabs, Increased writing-surface area The program, ... read more

Radio UserLand tip from the customer support forum: How to recover a lost password and delete a weblog from UserLand's server. ... read more

I've been experimenting with the use of RSS to publish Web content: Writing entries in Radio UserLand that are stored in an RSS-only category, using a cronjob to retrieve that RSS data every five minutes, making a few search-and-replace changes to the RSS with Perl, turning the data into an HTML file using wget and PHP, then including the file on a Web page. Radio makes it easy to route entries to several categories that are published on another site. The entries also can be collected in an additional category for ... read more

A recurring theme among Radio webloggers is how to take data in one form and render it in another. The software handles this task so well that it either turns people into information-remix junkies or attracts that kind of crowd. Radio supports text, HTML, XML, OPML, and RSS as input and output formats and can be extended to support others -- Atom, OCS, you name it -- with scripts written in the UserTalk language. One such junkie, Richard MacManus, will be replacing an OPML-to-HTML transformation of his site's ... read more

Two reviews of Radio UserLand Kick Start, a book I'm promoting relentlessly because it needs some help getting onto bookstore shelves: Dave Winer: If you've been wondering about the programming and content management environment behind the blogging tool and aggregator; the object database, verb set, outliner, debugger, website framework, get this book, it's great. I'm really excited about this. David Wall, Amazon.Com: The user-level coverage is comprehensive and patient enough to get you through the moments of ... read more

Several people have asked how I'm hosting Radio UserLand comments and trackback with PHP. Although I plan to do this eventually, at this time I'm only pretending to offer this feature locally. Instead, I'm using PHP scripts to redirect requests to my real comment/trackback host, the excellent Python Community Server. I've written a short article on how to use PHP to redirect Radio UserLand URLs. ... read more