Tag Archives: wordpress

Switched blog theme again

Long, long time passed since last time I changed theme on my blog. What you see this time is Twenty Twelve from WordPress team. Maybe it is not yet finished but it works better than Carrington which I had before. Not to mention that previous theme was not updated for long time (I did few updates by hand with code from their Subversion repository but it was not comfortable).

This theme looks good on desktop, phone, tablet and I will use it for probably quite long time. Will update it to released version once there will be such one ;D

Yet another theme change

WordPress has one nice thing — themes support. Effect is that I change theme from time to time.

I always preferred simple themes not overloaded with graphics. Like Barthelme, plaintxtBlog or BigBlue.

In most situations I modded theme for my own style each time. That made upgrading to newer versions harder but was worth most of time. What was changed? Removal of categories (which I do not use), replacing them with tags, removing not useful elements of page, changing CSS etc. Those changes which could be useful for others I usually sent back to authors.

Before this theme I used Atahualpa but it was overloaded with options and still used tables for layout which I find too deprecated. And lot of extra code was generated and inserted into page each time. And I had lot of problems when tried to upgrade to newest version.

Now my blog uses Carrington Blog theme and as usual some changes were made to it. I like that theme and it will stay like that for some time (until next change).

WordPress plugins which I use on this blog

Cliff Brake asked me which plugins I use on my blog for spam protection. I decided to write about all plugins which I use here.

Widgets

First part would be widgets which are used in sidebars:

Spam related

I used Spam Karma 2 before but it is not maintained anymore. Now I use simpler ones:

Statistics

“Do not believe in statistics which you did not faked” or what to use to track visitors:

Content related

Other

Theme

OK, theme is not a plugin :D I use plaintxtblog by Scott with few modifications.

Dissapearing comments

As some of you probably noticed from time to time comment which you enter is not visible on site. This does not always mean that it got into moderation queue — sometimes it is somewhere but I do not have idea where and why.

Maybe it is because of software setup which I use: WordPress MultiUser + SpamKarma, maybe it has other reason. This does not change a fact that sometimes some comments just do not land.

And the funny part is that I am getting e-mails with those comments contents without problems…

New WordPress widget: Meta

I use FeedBurner for RSS feeds. There are three of them:

First one is used on this website and some planet sites (Planet LinuxToGo, Planet Closed fist), second on Planet OpenMoko and last one on Planet Maemo. And I do not care about comments feed.

With default “Meta” widget link to WP feed was shown and also link to comments feed. My plugin removes both of them. Additionally link to WordPress homepage is replaced with link to WordPress MU website if it is used.

Download plugin.

License: same as WordPress (as it is WP code mostly).

New WordPress widget: Recent Comments

When I wrote post about my palmtops story WordPress added many pingbacks into my older posts (which I linked to). As a result all of them appeared in “Recent Comments” widget. This hide real ones so I decided that it is time to change something.

And thats how “Hrw Recent Comments” widget was created. I took wp-includes/widgets.php file from my WordPress MU installation and extracted original widget. Then one edit of SQL query and everything works like expected — no pingbacks to my blog posts in sidebar.

Download plugin.

License: same as WordPress (as it is WP code mostly).

UPDATE: fixed SQL query to make it really work.

Hrw Big Blue theme for WordPress 2.3

Few months ago I switched my website to “Big Blue” theme created by Bob. Then did some changes to it:

  • WordPress tags are used instead of categories
  • Post author is shown
  • Doctype changed to XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • “Home” link removed
  • Archive/search/category views use full contents of posts instead of excerpts
  • removed default sidebar contents (use Presentation->Widgets to set them)
  • single post view does not show tags

Also CSS changes:

  • removed extra font-family settings – only body, pre & code has font family set
  • comment form is scaled to 80%
  • Calendar widget takes 100% width and has properly aligned Prev/Next links
  • blockquote is more visible
  • <q> quotes are italic
  • BSuite plugin highlighting of search entries
  • Author comments are marked

Download and enjoy.