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Posted on July 29, 2006 in WordPress by Andy @ Yellow Swordfish5 Comments »

WordPress, the publishing engine that powers this site, has today seen the release of of an update to version 2.04. It can be warmly welcomed as it not only fixes more old bugs but corrects the mistakes that were left loose in 2.03 and secures some further vulnerabilities that have come to light. I for one, am quite happy with the progress of WordPress. Since I first started to learn my way round it just prior to the release of 1.5, it has become more rugged and, I believe, faster and more responsive.

Also in the works is the next future major release – 2.1 – which I have been playing with for the last few days, the second alpha being available for anyone who wants to see what is coming along soon. As anyone would expect, there are things I like and things I don’t which was also the case with 2.0 and most probably applies to most users. Surely everyone has a ‘feature’ they desperately want to see included just as there are new things implemented that make you scratch your head and wonder who on earth thought it would be a good idea.

What I don’t see and what is very much needed, is a re-visit to some of the older code to bring about some consistency of approach and to clean up some glaring disparities. I for one, and I suspect I am not alone, would prefer to see some effort going in to improving what is already there and making it more usable and consistent than simply adding new features for the sake of it – especially when they are of questionable importance and even more so when they have a negative effect on currently developed themes and plugins.

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Posted on July 23, 2006 in WordPress by Andy @ Yellow Swordfish1 Comment »

Having taken the plunge a couple of months back by removing anything ‘Windows’ from my desk and replacing it with a shiny new Apple iMac, I had one problem to resolve. I could no longer test any of my code in Internet Explorer.

Until that is, a few days back when I installed Parallels Desktop for Mac which allows me to run a virtual machine inside my iMac, in this case, running Windows XP. I have always been a little suspicious of VM technology but when you encounter a piece of software that does exactly what it says on the box, does it effortlessly, flawlessly and you actually witness XP screaming along faster than my old Dell ever made it happen, then it is easy to be convinced. One click of the mouse and I am in Windows. Another click of the mouse and I am back in OSX. This thing is just fantastic. And did I mention fast?

The first thing I did having IE6 to play with, is to make some long overdue adjustments to the CSS for this site as it didn’t play well on IE. I’ve resolved all of the issues except for the lack of background colour in the sidebar. It’s still looks like shit in IE but it has improved.

The next thing I did was overhaul my WordPress Admin Drop Down Menu plugins. They were overdue for a CSS cleanup and a little optimisation and I have taken this re-working to add a few things and make them generally more attractive. I have updated all three and if you use them, and are happy with them, then there is no great need to grab them. But I think they all look a bit cleaner with slightly altered colour arrangements, tighter fit and the inclusion of small icons to visually aid which items are core and which are plugins. You can download them, should you want one, here at my plugins page.

The bad news is that I have also now tried out, for the first time, IE7. It doesn’t fix the problem I have with my site – everything just looks the same, in other words (as I said above) like shit. And the drop down menus don’t behave properly either. This is a shame as I, like everyone else, was really hoping that with IE7 we could stop having two versions of everything but unless before release a lot more work gets done on it that dream will fade away fast.

Posted on July 11, 2006 in WordPress by Andy @ Yellow SwordfishComments Off

Please Note:

This WordPress plugin has now been discontinued.
If you would like to take a look at my plugins that are currently available please visit my plugin site and follow your nose – Stuff at Yellow Swordfish.

Posted on June 6, 2006 in WordPress by Andy @ Yellow Swordfish3 Comments »

Please Note:

My WordPress plugins have a new home.
If you would like to take a look at my plugins that are currently available please visit my plugin site and follow your nose – Stuff at Yellow Swordfish.

I have come across several requests on the WordPress forums for the ability to set categories to Pages – in the same way that is done for Posts – yet for some reason there didn’t appear to be any plugin available to do this – although I might be wrong there of course. So I thought I’d have a go and create one. Just for the hell of it really!

I have released version 1 which works for me on WP 2.x and as far as I can tell should work OK on older 1.5 installations as well although I am unable to test this for certain.

Anyone interested can find the details on the new Page Category Organiser Plugin page.

The plugin comes with a Read Me file that explains everything you need to know with details of the template tag to add a categorised page listing to your sidebar.

Posted on May 17, 2006 in WordPress by Andy @ Yellow Swordfish2 Comments »

Please Note:

This WordPress plugin has now been discontinued.
If you would like to take a look at my plugins that are currently available please visit my plugin site and follow your nose – Stuff at Yellow Swordfish.