Here’s how I got my 4 themes: My lucky night.
After over 2 years away from WordPress workings, I quickly figured out that with my limited time there’s no way I would be able to catch up with all the new, and more complex, innards of WP, and manage to construct a decent website.
I had a quick look around the ‘premium’ professional WP theme services (and there’s some good stuff out there) as well as the few still-free themes or theme frameworks that look professional (Carrington and Thematic caught my eye).
In the end, I settled on WooThemes who impressed me (as far as one can tell without actual access to the themes!) with their combination of feature-rich as well as eye-catching, balanced design. The fact that I got more bonus themes than I had bargained on is … an extra bonus! 😀
Ruff has concocted a neat sidebar widget which allows you to post to your WP.com blog straight from the Firefox sidebar.
I really thought I was going to leave all this stuff for a while and concentrate on more pressing domestic tasks … and then, along comes a Widgets plugin which of course cries out for fooling around with.
Unfortunately, photopress 0.9.2 stopped working properly when I updated my WP installation at my PinkBat personal blog via SVN to the latest trunk (revision 5542). So I decided to give 0.9.4 a try …
Yay, it’s working!
However, I continue to have the same issue that’s plagued me for a long time now: If I try to use the Photopress option “use permalinks” (my preference), it doesn’t work. Clicking on the thumbnail (which should take you to the full image) merely causes the page to be reloaded (but with the correct image URL in the browser address bar!).
I have finally worked out that there seems to be some mysterious link between this permalink option and the option Link to album ("The code for inserted images can point to the image in the album or straight to a popup containing the image").
Permalinks do work – but only if I have this Link to album option set to "No".
If I want to point to the images in the album, I have to disable permalinks.
I would dearly love to be able to have both permalinks as well as the album link enabled and working correctly.
The competition is now closed and 188 themes are available for download.
Well, theoretically … there seem to be server problems; and the download facility at uploading.com is incredibly tacky and only worked the second time round.
I’ve known about SPIP for some time; but never evaluated it because it was only available in the original French version. By chance, I noticed that it’s mushroomed into many language versions now, including English, thankfully.
Plus, they operate a Subversion repository, so that makes evaluation on my local machine a cinch. Goody!
Continue reading “SPIP – a content management system”
I don’t know what switches they pulled here at wordpress.com … but the lags of the past few weeks are gone.
I’ve got blistering speed now, and it feels awesome.