Archive for August 12, 2006

Widget shmidget

Ok, so I’ve been a little emmersed in recent industry turmoil. So much so that WP added a whole new feature to blogging that I had no idea about until I started a blog here on WordPress.com … ok, I accept that. Now that I see how they function, I’m reconsidering my current blog set ups. I just love anything that makes my life easier, and now that I’ve learned a bit from the links below, I realize that’s exactly what widgets do.

I’ll be playing with these now to see if I can integrate them into current theme designs of mine. I may even become inspired enough to design my own widget ready theme! ๐Ÿ™‚

WordPress Wiki – themes that are widget ready

Third party Widgets, text widgets, RSS Widgets, Widget resources

What the heck is a Widget?

Itโ€™s called Sidebar Widgets because it allows you to move things (widgets) around, in and out of your sidebar. A widget is something that you might want on your sidebar, such as a category list or the most recent comments or a link to your admin pages. There is even a widget that lets you type whatever you want in the sidebar, such as some HTML or Javascript code.

Blogging software

I personally run over 12 blogs on my own domains (that are regularly posted to, not just used as the cms), plus various blogs on all the different hosting systems. (Yahoo360, MSN, blogspot, etc.) I’ve been looking for a desktop stand alone program that will allow me to post to all my blogs (individually because I don’t want to get penalized by the search engines for posting the same exact posts over several blogs).

I found RocketPost tonight by Anconia, and love the features it has. Have any of you out there used this software, or anything like it? If so, I invite your comments, reviews and recommendations. Affiliate links are welcome as long as you sincerely offer your experience with using the product. Over zealous, spammy responses telling me you’ve found the best software in the universe, without showing proof of actual experience in using it isn’t likely to gain my attention. ๐Ÿ™‚

Plea for help with Adhesive plugin

window.document.getElementById(โ€™post-10').parentNode.className += โ€˜ adhesive_postโ€™;

Ok, I just updated over 20 or so blogs, some used as cms… over to the latest WP 2.0.4 — I was hoping that the Adhesive plugin by Owen would work with this version, but I’m getting the error above on the ‘catagory’ pages. It only appears on the first line of the posts that have been designated as ‘sticky’, and only on the catagory page summaries. If there are any really cool techie bloggers out there with a few minutes to spare, I would truly appreciate a nudge in the right direction to solving this problem.

Even though the catagory summaries contain this line of code for the ‘sticky’ posts, at least the ‘pages’ appear correctly, and the catagories function the way they’re supposed to. I couldn’t get this plugin to work on prior versions of WP without begging a codehead friend to rewrite parts of it.

I’m told I beg pretty well, if that helps convince you to help a chick out. LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

WP v2 resource sites

I’ll wind up crossposting this, but since I’m taking some time tonight to relax with phones off and a really bad SciFi channel movie running in the background, I realized that I’m such a WordPress nerd that I have fun finding new WP tech blogs, forums and related materials.

So, why not share?

http://www.redalt.com/ Aparently, he’s the only developer on the Internet that has successfully made a ‘sticky’ plugin that’s worth a crap. A lil buggy, different versions of WP require different ‘tweaks’, but overall still the only one out there that functions. He’s recently added a ‘wiki’ to his site, as well as a ton of other revolutionary tools. All WP authors should bookmark this one.

http://www.solostream.com/category/tutorials WordPress tutorials with video instruction! Cool stuff.

eh… now I’ve just found a new ‘widget‘ ready theme that I want to play with, so I’m outies LOL Enjoy!