Only the “Best Wife in the World” ™ makes such a present for our wedding anniversary:
I’m afraid she will force me to watch “Stargate” or “Doktor Who” while drinking this delicious beer. Life can be cruel!
I know loads of WordPress developers by name and have an idea how they look. What I also find interesting is the way people work. Do they use a laptop, how many monitors do they use and other stuf). Here’s my desktop (I’ve tidied it up before taking the image :-)):
The machine is an “ASRock Z77 Extreme” with an i5 3,4 GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM and a Radeon HD7770 graphics card.
I’ve got two 24″ Benq monitors and yes, that’s a TV on the left side. The keyboard is a good old “Windows Natural Pro” and the mouse an IntelliMouse.
What a desktop! To cite him “if it’s worth doing .. it’s worth overdoing”.
(Update: Ramon tweeted his PC spces: 16GB RAM, AMD FX 8350 8core, 2x 256MB dual output asus video cards)
What does your desktop look like? Take a picture and blog about it!
Though pagebar is quite customizable you can’t define the overall look. “Previous page” is always on the most left, followed by “First” and so on but maybe you want the elements in a different order. I’m not aware that any of the paging plugins provide this feature, pagebar hopefully will do so in the next major version. Continue reading New ideas for pagebar v3 – Part 2: Customization by Drag’n Drop
It’s time to think about version 3 of pagebar. In this series I try to explain what I am planning for this new major version and invite you to discuss my plans.
I always wanted to add a fast and direct page selection. The easiest way would be to add a selection box containing all page numbers. This might work if you’re having about 10 pages but if your blog is really, really large, say about 300 pages, a select box with 300 numbers would be quite clumsy: Continue reading Ideas for pagebar v3 – Part 1: Direct page access
As far as I can remember web browsers replace the characters of a password field with stars (did Mosaic already do this?) but this feature is not always helpful. Fortunately you can change this! Continue reading Hide the password hiding stars
You may ask yourself “Why should I use pagebar, the newer versions of the WordPress default themes already contain page navigation.” Here an example that may convince you that pagebar is the better choice.
Continue reading Why you should use pagebar for your blog
As you can see in the title the new version of pagebar is not version 3.0 that I anticipated to release by this summer. Procrastination at its best!
Instead I created another minor version with some features which are quite easy to implement. First there is a new default theme based on CSS3:
I took the advice of Pippin and added some actions:
Additionally every bar has an action of its own:
One of the main problems of the automagic insertion of postbbar was a second query in the sidebar displaying “Recent posts” that is used by many themes. Version 3.3 introduced a new function called “
is_main_query” which enables the plugins to display the postbar only after the main main query. I hope this works for all themes because @toscho thinks that the function has some issues.
Finally there is a new translation for pagebar: Romanian (ro_RO). I received the translation ages ago, excuses go to Web Geek Science
There may be situations where you want to publish a post with a date in the past. On first sight WordPress does not have such a function. If you look closer you find on the page “Add new post” in the metabox “Publish” the following entry:
If you click on Edit a field appears in which you can enter the desired publishing date:
You can not only choose a date in the future but also a date in the past. After you have entered the date you should not forget to OK because otherwise the new date isn’t used when you publish the post:
If you press Publish the post will be published with the date set above:
Update: Monika Thon-Soun advised me that this practice may not be suitable if you’re focusing on search engine ranking since the subsequent entry may confuse Google et al.
WordPress contains a function for getting the tags associated with a post (
get_the_tags) but none for retrieving the IDs of all site wide available tags.
The solution to this problem is quite easy if you remember that post tags are nothing else but pre-defined taxonomies and that you can use the function get_terms to retrieve the terms of a taxonomy:
$tag_ids = get_terms( 'post_tag', array('fields' => 'ids', 'get' => 'all') );
Funny enough there is a function for getting all category IDs (get_all_category_ids).
The other day I came across a plugin that provided some useful functions to WordPress but is so badly coded that I can’t recommend it to anyone to use it. Though there are a lot of blog posts ranting about people “doing it wrong” this not be named plugin does so many things wrong in one place that I’m simply feeling the urge to write about a few of them.
Continue reading Yet another rant about bad WordPress plugin programming habits