WordPress

WordPress 2.8

Maybe I lost it but for a while finding a free theme on the WordPress site was impossible. There was a search feature I use to use that I could find a 3 column, fixed width, black theme. It went away (or it was harder for me to find). With the new 2.8 version of WP that search function is easily found cause it exists in the dashboard now. What is even better is if I like what the search results come up with, I can download and activate it right from the dashboard with no need to use FTP.  Now that is DA BOMB! I went through so many themes today that I started to lose track which ones I looked at and fortunately it is just as easy to delete a theme. This will open WP themes up to all those individuals that are FTP challenged.

Time to move on though. According to the WP site, they have changed a good bit. Well most of it is lost on me except for the Code Coloring. I am a coder and use DreamWeaver a majority of the time with PHPed following a close second. I use DreamWeaver when I am going in to make a quick change to some code and the reason I use it is because the code is color coded. The editor in WP is now color coded! No reason to open DreamWeaver now for WP edits.  It also has some limited code completion. Now for most of you this is not something you will even want to see but eventually you will download a theme that you want to tweak. This coloring will make it much easier.

Is there a feature that I missed?  These are the 2 things that I saw that I think make WP upgrade worth doing.

….And now for something completely RANDOM! An influence from my childhood.

Stuff I need to work through this weekend

I am tired of painting the outside of my house. I am on the last side requiring scaffolding though I just need to suck it up and finish.

Todo for last side:

  1. Put vent in for bathroom fans that are clearly vented to the underside of the insulation
  2. Replace fascia boards
  3. Fix  hole left by squirrels in gable vent
  4. Caulk nail heads and windows
  5. and… paint

WordPress: I am now done with plug-in code need to fancy up the plug-in’s design and add an admin interface to keep users from having to hand code anything

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/27/wordpress-theme-development-frameworks/

http://urbangiraffe.com/2005/04/12/themeguide1/

http://www.smashingapps.com/2009/05/27/13-simply-useful-wordpress-plugins.html

http://www.devlounge.net/publik/Devlounge%20-%20How%20to%20Write%20a%20Wordpress%20Plugin.pdf

How to be a better designer: it says I can get better… so lets see

http://www.gosquared.com/liquidicity/archives/114

I can’t seem to stop listening to these songs:

Black and Blue WordPress Theme

black-and-blue-preview

Black and Blue Preview

Updated

Updated

I offered to make a background twitter theme for free… odd thing is I expect no one took me up on it since the theme I am using on this website is aweful and is a product of just me playing. I decided to start putting some serious time into a great…no I mean awesome theme. I would really like some feed back on what you like or don’t like so far. This is about 2 hours of me playing with colors and such.

Updated: 2 hours later and got a little more. Click on images to see full size image. It’s 2:30 in the morning I believe I am going to go to bed.

WordPress Plugin: sim.org Projects

Screen Capture from SIM.org Projects

Screen Capture from SIM.org Projects

This week I am going to work on creating a plugin/widget (not sure what I am really making according to WordPress jargon).  Currently, sim.org has diffrent ways to get info about projects:

So my goal is to create a thermometer based on only the project number and have it display on a project website along with a way to give to the project along with a way to custmize the appearance. I have no clue how WordPress is structured but since I like the software already I think it will be easy. So I am off to step one learning the structure.