WordLog

A weblog authored by Carthik about the latest in the WordPress world.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Touched – a Useful Plugin

Filed under: — Carthik @ 12:53 pm

Touched is Gregory’s plugin that emulates Owen’s inline editing of posts, as a plugin.

You can edit posts and comments inline, a small editing box will appear when you click on “edit” links for the posts. If there is no javascript, the plugin degrades gracefully to give you a regular edit link.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Setup a Local Mirror of your Blog – Mac OSX

Filed under: — Carthik @ 11:28 pm

girtby.net has detailed instructions on how to setup a local mirror of your WordPress blog on a local Mac Os X machine.

This should be useful for tweaking your blog, maintaining a backup etc.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Who says WordPress can’t be bought?

Filed under: — Carthik @ 12:20 pm

Buy WordPress here.

Did I scare you? ;)

Well, in any case, I think that the price is awesome right now for those who want to invest in WordPress at the Yahoo! Buzz Game.

That concludes the Monday morning fun session – back to work now.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Link Library – Display Links Beautifully

Filed under: — Carthik @ 9:08 am

Yannick writes in to inform WordLog readers of his new Link Library Plugin. The plugin creates a Links page with the links arranged by category. The set of links on the top of page that link to the sections is a nice touch. You can see what I am talking about at his links page.

Thanks for writing in, Yannick.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

DC’s Nicer Archives

Filed under: — Carthik @ 6:48 pm

David Clark has announced his “DC’s Nicer Archives” Plugin. The plugin helps you have archives which are a list of the posts, and an “Expand” link. Clicking the “Expand” link will give you a list of posts with the excerpt of each post on the same page. The archives pages at his blog are a good example of how it works. Nice work!

Monday, March 14, 2005

Blogger to WordPress – Import Comments Too

Filed under: — Carthik @ 2:38 pm

Skeltoac’s Blogger importer for WordPress can import comments too. Needs a closer look. Try it out if you are ex-blogger (blog spot) user who moved to WordPress leaving your comments behind.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Specify a random order for your links

Filed under: — Carthik @ 2:28 am

This is an old trick – Podz reminds users of it whenever someone asks the question at the forums.

The question is “How do I order category links that are displayed on my weblog just the way I want them to – in some order that is is not alphabetic, or in any sort of organized order, really?”

That sure was difficult to frame! Well, point it, you want some category link to be the first, some other one to be second, and so on and so forth.

The way you do it is, add underscores to the beginning of the name of the category. so, say I want the category called “Noticed!” to be the first in the list of categories displayed, no matter what, then I rename it to “_Noticed!” through the admin interface, and set the display order to alphabetical, in the template tag I use to display the categories. I can also use multiple underscores to extend this “effect”. Ugly, but it works!

And the top 10% thing – I was about to call the category “Cool Tips”, and then I started thinking about alternate names. I repeated “tip” a bunch of times in my mind, and up popped “tip of the iceberg”, from no where. Iceberg are cool, and only the top 10% of icebergs (the tip) shows above the water. All said, I liked the idea, and since I couldn’t call the category “tip of the iceberg” as it sounds stupid and cliched, I picked “Ten Percent for the Day”.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Different looks for different category pages

Filed under: — Carthik @ 2:37 pm

If you, like ShadyCraig, want to have different looks for different category pages, then make the best of the information at The Codex Category Templates page.

So that’s the tip for today.

Michael (MDAWaffe) who blogs at BlogWaffe is the author of that Codex page, and many others. Kudos to Michael for all his hard work at the Codex lately!

So, again, doesn’t anyone want to take a shot at why this category at wordlog is called “Ten Percent for the Day” ? ;)

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Work on a Copy of the Theme

Filed under: — Carthik @ 10:51 pm

A majority of users start using the Kubrick theme, and make modifications as they go along to get the weblog to behave exactly the way they want it to. If you are among these users, then you will have to worry about upgrading without losing the changes you have made to the default theme.

The suggested method for dealing with this is as follows:
1) Copy all the templates and files in the wp-content/themes/default/ folder to a new folder, with a different name. Let’s call it “my-theme”.

2) Modify the style.css file in “my-theme”. Change the second line which says:
Theme Name: Default to read
Theme Name: my-theme

3) Go to the “Presentation” tab in the admin page of your weblog, and select the theme “my-theme” to be the active theme for your weblog.

That’s it! This will prevent your changes from being lost when you upgrade when a newer version of WordPress appears. This is also known to generate a mild amount of self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement at having create a new theme ;)

Saturday, March 05, 2005

First Ten Percent – Make themes out of old styles.

Filed under: — Carthik @ 6:47 pm

Starting today, I will be posting one cool tip a day. Any guesses as to why it is going to be filed under the “Ten Percent for the Day” category?

Today’s tip comes from Ryan :

The 1.2 styles can be turned into themes that inherit the classic theme’s templates. Just add a theme header that specifies where to get the templates.

/*
Theme Name: Inherit
Theme URI: http://wordpress.org/
Description: A theme that inherits the classic theme templates.
Version: 1.5
Author: Me
Author URI: http://me.me/
Template: classic
*/

Rename the stylesheet to style.css and put it in a subdirectory of wp-content/themes. The “Template:” field specifies the theme directory to look in for templates. Use “classic” to get classic theme templates and “default” to get default theme templates.

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