Themes being considered

I’ve been looking at some of the newer released themes for WordPress, have found two that are interesting.

* One is called Andrea
* and the other is called Deserta

I’ve been looking at some of the newer released themes for WordPress, have found two that are interesting.

  • One is called Andrea
  • and the other is called Deserta

There’s a third one that I’m not sold on called Jeans.

Feel free to let me know which you prefer either by email (if you’re registered) or by poll (on the right side of the Main page). Right now, I’m leaning toward Deserta as the first test. I think I’ll run a theme for a week or two and then change to the next one… depending on how it goes. Again, opinions welcome.

WordPress.org changes code for video

It appears that WordPress.org has changed the way to put video on your blog.

Before, one could insert the url into the video icon for adding media (on the Write Post page), and if it were a YouTube video it would insert something like:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/ABunchOfNumersHere]

This would show up on your post as a screen with the familiar arrow, and clicking it would play the video for you. Now, you insert the code and then give the link a name, and a link shows up on your site. That’s it. No graphic of any kind, plus the link takes the viewer away from your site.

In order to get the display of the video the way it was before, you have to copy the code labled “embed” (on the YouTube page) and paste it in the HTML editor. Then, all is well again. 😉

It works like this.

Here’s the link method.

And here’s the HTML method.

At first I didn’t like it, but I see now that this offers more options than before… Good job WordPress.org!

American Gangster

I’d say it’s a good way to spend an evening.

Russell CroweI watched American Gangster (Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe) last night on video onDenzel Washington demand. I had wanted to see it when it was in the movies, but never got around to it. It was one of those films that I would have liked to see but was not in a big hurry to see. I have to admit, it was a lot better than I thought it would be.

I’d say it’s a good way to spend an evening.

posting photos

Let’s see if uploading photos works. Here’s the code to display it:

banner

That doesn’t seem to work… hmmm. Okay, now I’m adding the code from Flickr:

PhoneStore

Okay,… I had to add the complete path in order for the image to show up. What I had was:

img src='/wp-content/banner.jpg' alt='banner'

But I needed this:

img src="http://planet48.net/starfire/wp-content/banner.jpg" alt='banner'

Also, the upload page does not seem to generate the thumbnail it says it will.
I’ve now changed the settings to use the full path. If it works, then there should be a favicon displayed

After reading stuff in the support forum, it appears that WP doesn’t generate the code for the thumbnail, just the code for the actual image. You have to put the thumbnail stuff in yourself, with a pointer to the larger image I guess.

acquiring themes

Okay, so now I have found out not only how to change the themes, but also where to find a boatload of themes. I’ve also been reading up on CSS and XHTML. Fascinating stuff has transpired since I first dabbled in HTML.

I found this draft that I forgot about. I have no idea when I started it. So, I’ll just post it for today.

upgrade

BINGO. The trackback worked!!! I’m a very happy camper.

I’ve just upgraded to version 1.51. By following the directions here, it seemed very easy. I am now wondering if this upgrade has fixed the trackback problem I am having.

For this test, I’m going to try and trackback to the previous posting calledChanging Blog Platforms. I’m hoping it works because I don’t like the b2evolution that much.

BINGO. The trackback worked!!! I’m a very happy camper.

I tried sending a trackback from b2e but it doesn’t show up. Hmmm… I’ll try from blogger and see if that works.

changing blog platforms

As much as I like WordPress, the trackback (or rather the poor functioning of trackback) is a killer for me.

As much as I like WordPress, the trackback (or rather the poor functioning of trackback) is a killer for me. I don’t want to have to work at getting trackback to work,… especially since it is so easy to use in other forms (Typepad (via MarsEdit), Blogger etc.). I may try setting up b2evolution which seems a little more complicated but also more full featured.

There is one more thing I’d like to try though. I’ll see if trackback works using MarsEdit. No, it doesn’t.

I’ve downloaded b2evolution and it does take some getting used to, but I’ll play with it anyway. Perhaps WP will fix their trackback sooner than later, and yes,… b2e trackback works.