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Monday, July 26, 2004

New England Press Consortium

Filed under: Uncategorized — Carthik @ 2:56 am

Just by looking at the New England Press Consortium website, one wouldn’t guess there’s WordPress behind all of it.

The creator says :

The New England Press Consortium website is live and powered by WordPress. The site content is mostly temporary until real stories start being posted tomorrow during the Democratic National Convention. Lots of MPEG-4 video is coming this week.

Most of the development work centered around the front page and back end. Custom queries were used to call the appropriate entries. The back end had to be friendly enough for even an XHTML-ignorant broadcast journalist to use. Excerpt text boxes were enlarged, quick edit buttons were changed to more understandable terms and to allow easy video segment linking, file upload displays the code for video and flash content (not just img), and the upload automatically resizes the images.

Goes to say how easy it is to hack wordpress to do your bidding, and how, to start with it is quite user friendly.



  1. Wow. This is very spiffy. It is a breathtakingly simple but brilliant idea to have a WP blog about WP. Glad the Gemini template seems to be holding up. It’s a beautiful design you have done with it. I do not know about being an *alpha user*. Complete addict might be more accurate, but thank you sincerely. Good luck. A triumph. :)

    Comment by Root — 7/26/2004 @ 10:38 am

  2. Thanks Root,

    I was kind of surprised to find that the column is a faux-column in that it requires a tiled image, but other than that, everything’s pretty :)
    I have been thinking about starting this blog for a long, long time now. Hope it will be useful.

    Comment by Carthik — 7/26/2004 @ 11:32 am

  3. Well sadly there is no way to get that *it tiles all the way regardless of length behaviour* without the faux. A different specification would lead to a different solution. But this is what the gurus are doing for this situation. The solution of Dan Cederholm’s is documented at alistapart. I would not want subsequent readers to think we had *cheated* in some way.

    Comment by Root — 7/26/2004 @ 11:38 am

  4. You know how much I suck at CSS design — or probably don’t :)
    Thanks for the clarification. I was never in doubt, and never thought i was cheated (that’s a bad word), but the only restriction it imposes is that to change the color, I have to change the bg image. This is not a complaint, as much as an observation.
    Thanks for all the work, Root :)

    Comment by Carthik — 7/26/2004 @ 11:45 am

  5. Well when you are as graphically challenged as I am a even a 200 by 20 bg gif is a trial :)

    Comment by Root — 7/26/2004 @ 12:07 pm

  6. I saw you in my referrer logs. Thanks for the link and the comments.

    WordPress has been an amazing system to work with and I have 3 more non-blog implementations coming in the next semester for other organizations on my campus.

    Comment by Jeremiah — 7/27/2004 @ 12:53 am

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