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Tag Archives: WordPress

Popups aren’t dead (alas)

Is there really a good excuse to to interrupt —no, really, impede the user’s experience with an involuntary, uninvited popup window blipping in front of what she’s trying to view? No, I can’t say there is. Fortunately, web browsers like the Mozilla-based ones and Safari allow us to block the ones generated via the JavaScript […]

The joys of syndication and spam control

The Bad Behavior plugin seems to block my friends who try to syndicate this site on LiveJournal. I might need to fiddle with whitelisting. Speaking of whitelists, why oh why are comments made by registered WordPress users being held for moderation (including myself)? This is by both Akismet spam moderation and within the built-in (I […]

Your comments about comments (and registration)

To my dear users who are so kind as to help me test this test site: Please feel free to post feedback about comments and user registration here. Muchas gracias!

testing possible WordPress bug, er, scratch that

system; Ahem. Actually, the issue was Apache’s mod_security not allowing certain strings to be posted here. I get a 503 web server error if I sneak in a set of parenthesis () right after the word “system” and the semicolon. So to fix this, I’d need to modify the rules there via .htaccess. Or remember […]

MAMP: Macintosh, Apache, MySQL & PHP

Through Michael Doig’s excellent tutorial, I recently discovered MAMP, a free package which provides recent builds of Apache, MySQL and PHP as a standalone installation on Mac. It’s geared towards local server development on a machine, as opposed to live sites, so it’s great for testing out stuff like WordPress locally. Unfortunately, MAMP has issues. […]

testing ecto & MarsEdit

[Update] I’ve decided to go with MarsEdit. While it has a few issues (not respecting settings for password protected or private posts in WordPress, afaict), MarsEdit does the bulk of what I need to get done for blog writing, with a simple, clear user interface. Testing ecto 2.4.1 in rich text mode. Observations so far: […]

Themes from (mostly) Theme Viewer

Yesterday I finally got around to scouring the Theme Viewer site for possible themes to use. I really like how they allow you to select on the number of columns, liquid vs. fixed width, color scheme and widget readiness. Best of all, Theme Viewer lets you run a live test of a selected theme. Schweet! […]

Testing themes bundled with WordPress 2.0.4

What I’d need in a theme (first thoughts): 2-column layout. Prefer sidebar on left? Might need 3-columns for recipe entries. Liquid design. Keyboard accessible. Strong preference for XHTML 1.0 Strict markup. Widget-able, able to cope with JS customization. AJAX support/addons a plus.