Thoughts about what I want in a theme

It’s been way too long since I start­ed, but didn’t actu­al­ly fin­ish, the process of mov­ing all the old arti­cles on this site over into Word­Press. I got bogged down and didn’t real­ly fin­ish, so the site stayed half-done and sucky. Now I don’t know if I should even both­er fin­ish­ing. Part of the trou­ble is that those arti­cles are SO old that when I start mov­ing them, I get bogged down in updat­ing them and I end up rewrit­ing them, and it’s hard to fin­ish even one sec­tion!
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Oh No, I Have That Itch

No, noth­ing like that!

I’ve been look­ing at Word­Press themes. Again. Lots of them.

I have lots of tuto­ri­als book­marked about cre­at­ing your own themes, too. I even have a cou­ple of books on the sub­ject.

One is quite new.

Dan­ger, dan­ger, Will Robin­son!

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Oh. That Would Do It! (That Problem With Posting to LJ)

I’ve tried all the dif­fer­ent plu­g­ins that claim to work with Word­Press for cross-post­ing to Live­Jour­nal, but recent­ly I’ve got­ten errors from every­thing. I’ve asked for help from the authors in their forums and noth­ing seemed to be hap­pen­ing. And then I saw this: Banned Because of Live+Press’ Bad Behav­ior. That’s from the cur­rent main­tain­er of Live+Press, the plu­g­in I’ve had the best luck with over­all. Read the rest of this entry »

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Grrr

The lat­est ver­sion of Word­Press is out, so I upgrad­ed this blog right away, as I usu­al­ly do. Of course, the plu­g­in I use most, Now Read­ing, choked and won’t work any more.

Le sigh.

The prob­lems with the pre­vi­ous “new” WP ver­sion were nev­er tru­ly resolved, and now the author’s forum isn’t work­ing, either. I fig­ure he has an actu­al pay­ing job, so I can’t fuss too much. But I’m still dis­ap­point­ed.

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Singing the Joys of WordPress

I have to say, I do love the fact that Word­Press allows me to write posts and sched­ule them to post them­selves to cov­er days when I don’t feel up to blog­ging. I’ve been hav­ing a lot of trou­ble view­ing the mon­i­tor lately–my eyes feel like they’re danc­ing and noth­ing stays in focus, lead­ing to migraines very quick­ly. That is not a good thing when I’m in the last week of class­es for the semes­ter!
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Graphics. Gah!

There are times when being graph­ic-impaired real­ly does annoy me.

I’m final­ly mov­ing for­ward with port­ing the Heart­song Hand­i­crafts site to Word­Press. It shouldn’t be a big deal. I’ve done the same many times before with oth­er sites.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I don’t have a logo. I mean, I have a sim­ple logo, but it isn’t very good. It doesn’t sing, that’s for sure. I just want a nice, sim­ple logo that isn’t ter­ri­bly busy, but that doesn’t look (like the first attempt) as if I made it from clip-art and stan­dard fonts. My utter and com­plete lack of draw­ing abil­i­ty is a seri­ous hand­i­cap in this endeav­or.

I did sor­ta cus­tomize a WP theme to match the crap­py logo, but that part is easy. The hard­er part is hav­ing some­thing to give the site visu­al inter­est, and that doesn’t exist right now.

On the oth­er hand, the cross-stitch pat­terns them­selves involve graph­ics, so I don’t want things to get too busy. It’s a bal­anc­ing act.

I may have to throw myself on Katie’s mer­cy, or some­thing. She’s pret­ty busy, though, and prefers to draw what­ev­er she feels like draw­ing rather than cre­at­ing some­thing to suit a par­tic­u­lar theme.

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Where are my Gravatars?

I obe­di­ent­ly updat­ed to Word­Press 2.5.1, and lost my Gra­vatars. I’ve checked the set­tings, and they’re still enabled. They’re def­i­nite­ly still in my tem­plates, but nobody gets any­thing but the default “no gra­vatar” pic­ture. Buh?

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Whoops! WordPress Plugin Update Issue

One of the neat things about Word­Press 2.5 is that when a plu­g­in that’s in the Word­Press Plu­g­in Direc­to­ry is updat­ed, you get a mes­sage ask­ing if you want to down­load the new ver­sion or upgrade auto­mat­i­cal­ly. If you use the auto­mat­ic option, Word­Press down­loads the new ver­sion, deletes the old one, unzips the down­loaded file, and reac­ti­vates the plu­g­in. It’s mar­velous­ly sim­ple, com­pared to down­load­ing, unzip­ping, delet­ing, upload­ing, and reac­ti­vat­ing things man­u­al­ly. Until last night, it worked beau­ti­ful­ly.
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Gravatars and Plugins and WordPress, Oh My!

Since Word­Press 2.5 has Gra­vatar sup­port, I’m attempt­ing to add Gra­vatars to my blog tem­plate. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I just keep get­ting errors, or a the default “no Gra­vatars” image (even for com­ment authors who I know have Gra­vatars, like me). I’m cer­tain that the author of this tem­plate isn’t going to update it to include sup­port, because her web site and busi­ness are up for sale. She hasn’t ever respond­ed to ques­tions in the past, either, so I fig­ure it’s sil­ly to look for help there.

I tried on anoth­er tem­plate, with the same errors. I real­ly don’t want to switch themes again, because I couldn’t even start to remem­ber every­thing I’ve cus­tomized in this one, and I’d rather not do it all over again. I’m annoyed, though. If any­one can help me, I’d appre­ci­ate it!

Update: Squee! They’re work­ing now! The clue I need­ed was in a post at Weblog Tools Col­lec­tion. Now I can try updat­ing the oth­er blogs!

Oth­er­wise, Now Read­ing is work­ing now, thanks to help from the author. I’m thrilled, as it’s one of my favorite plug-ins. When I get Read­er­Ware set up for us again, I’ll try to fig­ure out a way to export data from it to NR.

Cys­tats is not work­ing, though. I didn’t even real­ize that it was bro­ken at first, because the error only shows up for users who aren’t logged in. Odd­ly enough, it works on some blogs that are run­ning 2.5, but not this one. The author of that plug-in hasn’t respond­ed to my ques­tions, though. It might be due to a lan­guage bar­ri­er, as his blog is writ­ten in Ger­man. Now it’s work­ing again, as ran­dom­ly as it quit work­ing. Why? Who knows? If you see an error on the site at any time, please com­ment and let me know!

I just real­ized that Live­jour­nal Cross­post also died in the upgrade. For­tu­nate­ly, there’s a fix described in the issues board at the devel­op­ment site that should make it work again.

Now I get to go back and see how many posts didn’t go to LJ, and try to fix that lit­tle omis­sion.

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WordPress Upgrade Woes

Ack! I upgrad­ed to the lat­est ver­sion of Word­Press (2.5) yes­ter­day, and now one of my favorite plug-ins (Now Read­ing) isn’t work­ing! You can see the books I’m read­ing at the moment over there in the side­bar, and I can get into the admin­is­tra­tive inter­face, but the library dis­play doesn’t work. Any of the actu­al book or author pages come up 404. Meep!

It isn’t just on this blog, either—Fibrant Liv­ing has the same prob­lem.

The WP admin­is­tra­tive inter­face has been com­plete­ly redesigned. I’m not sure what might have been changed behind the scenes, so I’m a lit­tle wor­ried about try­ing to go back to the pre­vi­ous ver­sion.

I’ve post­ed mes­sages in the plug-in author’s forum and bug track­er. I’m hop­ing to hear from him soon! Rob actu­al­ly respond­ed in the com­ments, and the new ver­sion resolved the prob­lem. Yay!

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