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Just as we all need a vacation from work, etc – I needed a vacation from blogging. I took a month off to think about what I wanted to do with this and my other blogs, as well as my presence on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
I have been thinking about the time I spend on Facebook and I blame the time I spend reading about x person needing y item in z game and I realized I do not need it and do not want it.
I have this blog, my company blog, my son’s blog and now the twin’s blog that have been also light on postings and I am going to change that. The time I once spent on reading garbage – will now be spent on sites that actually matter to me.
I will still be on Twitter and in fact will probably be more active on that, but it feels good to get rid of Facebook (especially since I heard W made it onto Facebook today).
Expect more old school Jappler posts in the next coming days, weeks and months!
I have been testing WordPRess 3.0 for a few weeks now and have been very happy with what I have seen so far. The merge of Standalone WordPress and WPMU code is huge for me as you then only have one code base to maintain and develop for.
As always – the developers continue to make WordPress easier and more robust with every release. There are some great new features which make WordPress more and more appealing to both small and large companies looking for an easy to use and maintain CMS.
With WordPress 3.0 – there are now “custom post types” which will allow people to better define their content. Example – you are a company that has a portfolio. Instead of using the traditional pages or posts for that, you can create your own “post type” of portfolio which would then keep it completely separate from the blog posts and site pages organizationally. The possibilities are endless.
Creating and maintaing your menus will be easier than ever too. No more custom menu ordering with numbers – you can now drag and drop menu items into place.
There are a number of other changes too which include a new default theme, improved child theme support, some nice new UI touches, improved revision comparison user interface, new template files for better control, and countless other goodies which I am sure I will cover in the coming weeks.
All in all – this is an exciting update which promises to deliver both to users and developers alike!
I am in the process of re-organizing and re-doing a lot of the backend of my jappler.com sites so if you see anything out of place or broken – I am on it
About a year or so back Demitrious shot me over a link to something he thought looked pretty slick: jQuery TOOLS. I took a quick look but never did anything else with it because I had my old standbys in place for most of what jQuery TOOLS offered (overlays, tabs, tooltips, etc).
What does jQuery TOOLS offer?
Last week I decided to finally step out of using what I normally used (Thickbox for overlays) and try something from jQuery TOOLS. One look at their demo and I was completely sold. The overlays were slick, easy to implement and best of all – really light weight. Demo: click on the photo.
If you have any web development projects coming up or in the mix, do yourself a favor and check out the demos at jQuery TOOLS. You can accomplish a lot with a little (and have fun doing it).
I have been working with WordPress 2.9 now for a few weeks and I cannot remember the last time I was so excited with the new features of WordPress. There are countless little improvements most users would not notice, but there are some killer new features that should not be overlooked.
- First and foremost – working with images just got a lot cooler!
- We’ve got trash! No more “crap I just deleted that post”. Now you have the option to Edit, View, or Trash a post or several posts. Once the items are in the trash you can easily recover them or permanently delete them.
- Repair those tables please.Now you can automatically optimization your database by adding this line to your wp-config.php file: define(‘WP_ALLOW_REPAIR’, true);
Some screenshots of interest
Use As Thumbnail
Crop, Scale, etc
If you have not updated to this version – please take some time and take a look. The cropping alone will save hours of time if you ever needed to manipulate your images! Overall, this update took things one step further to making a solid, feature rich content management system and I am excited to use some of these new features with each new site I create!
Well – it is that time again – another new version of WordPress is coming out in the next few days (WordPress 2.9). I am running WordPress 2.9 RC 1 here on jappler.com and only one issue so far. If you have not read anything about the newest version soon to be available and you use WordPress, check out: WordPress 2.9 New Features/Changes.
Well – In the past I thought about posting on a particular subject certain days of the week would be good for me and something the readers might find interesting…until I started dreading it, posting less, getting a lot less comments, and realized I was pushing content like traditional media (I say when and where, you tune in).
I am going to be making some changes here over the next few days – to really make this more interesting, relevant, and more fun for me to post/share information.
Thanks for your patience – and I hope this will become a blog you look forward to reading again.
Every once and awhile while looking through the WordPress documentation, I find little gems. Here are a few that I found particularly interesting:
- wp_page_menu Easily create a menu with the home page appended onto the menu with a lot of parameters. Similar to the standard wp_list_pages, but with some different possibilities
- the_search_query I have seen several ways to get this, but this is by far the easiest, quickest, and most secure.
- wp_reset_query If you use conditional tags, you will end up going crazy at some point and then will realize this is needed. Note to self everyone.
This week – I feel like I really found some gems.
I recently worked on a project where we needed something sort of like tagging, and sort of like categorizing – but neither really worked as there would be way too many exclude this and only show that stuff involved. I needed a way to classify certain content, have easy access to it, and display it in a manner that be effective and quick.
After exhausting all ideas – someone pointed me towards using “Custom Taxonomies” and it was a perfect fit.
What is a taxonomy? Simple – a way to group things. Why not use categories and or tags?
An example to better your understanding:
Right now – on this blog I use tags for my post themes (WordPress Wednesdays, etc). This is not ideal, because I am trying to group together posts by a particular theme, not necessarily by tags. Even though WordPress Wednesday could be seen as a key word – it is more a description or a classification of the post. What I plan to do in the next few days is to go back, create custom taxonomies for all my post themes and then use that for classification of posts instead of using tags. With this, I can then query them using query_posts or even make a tag cloud.
'wordpress-wednesdays', 'showposts' => 10 ) ); ?>
'post_theme', 'number' => 15 ) ); ?>
Still confused? Check out the links below. Once you start thinking about organizing information, I think it will make sense.