Language Of The Day

One feature that never seems to get enough developer attention is our blog ranking tool, Blogs Of The Day. We never publicized this URL but some people found it and blogged it so the pressure is on us to make it better. Even if you've never visited botd.wordpress.com, you see its work every time you load the home page or your dashboard on WordPress.com. BOTD is the program that ranks WordPress.com blogs and posts according to traffic and other factors.

Well, today we added the ability to filter those lists according to the language option set by each blog's administrator. (Clue: if you haven't set yours yet, do it now so we can list your blog with the correct language!) The top ten languages are listed in the sidebar. Clicking one will make that your preferred browsing language until you choose another or clear your cookies.

There are some limitations: per-language lists are not archived and cannot be searched, javascript and cookies are required because hard links to language lists are not yet published (though ?lang=xx works), and we are only listing the ten most popular languages (calculated from the number of recent posts in each language). (All languages are listed in order of traffic. The time to generate the lists is insignificant, so why not just do it?)

We'll get around to improving most of these things eventually! Oh, and about the visual style… if I had thought about colors or patterns for even one second, there would be no new features. "Pretty" ain't my bag, babe!

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Andy Skelton

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10 thoughts on “Language Of The Day”

  1. Whoa … this is interesting. I think it might be useful. I am checking this out actually; to see other blogs in my language (Bahasa Indonesia). Found interesting ones …

    Don’t know what formula is being used, but my blog (rahard.wordpress.com) is on the top. Hu hu hu …

    Keep up the good work. Always surprise us, please!

  2. Hi from the number one Esperanto ranked blog! Never knew that picking Esperanto would pay such strong dividends! LOL

  3. Interesting feature, and interesting comment by Idubya.
    What about bilingual or multilingual blogs? I suspect it is the ‘admin’ language what counts?
    For example, I blog in English and in Guarani… (no, I don’t. It is just an example!) and I have less than average traffic, would it be better for me to set my admin language as ‘Guarani’ to be at the top?

  4. Indi: I don’t have plans to allow more than one language selection, so it will be up to each blogger to decide how to classify their blog.

    ldubya’s Esperanto trick may annoy people looking for actual Esperanto writing but I’m certainly not going to force him to change it!

  5. How does this thing work? Does ranking counts according to the number of webhits of your blog has or it is randomly choose by the wordpress?

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