Posts tagged WordPress

April 2021 Update

It has been a while since I last posted a significant update. If you are returning to the site you will notice the biggest difference, no more WordPress. I finally gave up on WordPress. I was never happy with it since the introduction of the block editor. I had been considering the move to a static site for a while and had experimented with a few different site generators. I settled on Sphinx as it meets my needs and that is what generates the site today. This allows me to develop the site off-line on my PC and then upload a build of the site when I’m ready. I can also track my changes with Git. It’s a work flow that I’m happier with.

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Update Time

I’ve not been very good at posting anything so far this year. There are many things that have been occupying my time and working in heathcare I have not been in Covid-19 lock-down like many others.

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WordPress to Sphinx?

It has been a little while since I last posted something. So this post is a little bit of a progress update. I am still investigating moving away from WordPress to a static site using Sphinx. It turns out there is quite a bit to research and learn about. Whilst the transition of this website into a static form might still be some way off I am finding Sphinx very useful for my own notes and research.

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WordPress 5.0

I have been waiting for the release of WP 5.0 as I have been keen to try out the new Twenty Nineteen theme. Having looked at a preview of the theme I have mixed opinions.

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Planning Ahead

I probably look at the front page of this site more than most. I am starting to wonder if it needs a good refresh. Earlier in the year I began writing up some notes on my experiments with ARM development. During this process I ran into a few formatting issues that I worked around. It is still my plan to write up some more of my notes in the future but rather than fight against the current system I might try something new. The next version of WordPress is due out in December, this is probably the best place to start from. Years ago I used a heavily customised site but as WordPress moved on I began to rely more on the templates generated by others. They are good building blocks as they handle the responsive design aspects. I think some more customisation from me might on the cards this time.

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WordPress Theme Frustration

I have been using WordPress for this site since I set it up. Over the years the platform has developed significantly. I used to spend hours creating a customised site from scratch. I abandoned this approach a few years ago due to the focus on ‘responsive design’ allowing the site to be viewed on mobile screen sizes and aspect ratios. I moved to the pre-created templates and modified them.

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Mobile Theme

I was trying to solve the Web Font issue and stumbled across a plug-in for a mobile theme. The theme was set to ignore the Nexus 7 as a mobile device but I have decided to re-enable it for that. I’m unlikely to put further work into a mobile theme. The plug-in is all you are getting.

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Plugin Enhancement

My previous modification to the CodeColorer syntax highlighting plugin for Wordpress has been integrated into the official 0.9.8 release. I received a comment request to enhance the modification furthur.

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Site Maintainance

Yesterday I finally completed my modifications to the current version of the site theme. Ever since I modified the date formatting the look had been inconsistent with some page layouts breaking. Hopefully all should be working again. Time to get back to making some worthwhile content.

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New Year, New Ideas, Problems Solved

Well its now 2010, Happy New Year!!!, and my mailserver guide is still not on the site. It has not been forgotten and in fact part of the guide is already hidden away under going editing. One of the issues that was delaying progress was finding the best way to display code on the site. There are alot of plugins for Wordpress that will do syntax highlighting using Geshi. What I have wanted to do is highlight specific lines of highlighted syntax to make it easier to show changes. I did a little research and found that Geshi already supports the functionality I required but it hadn’t been implemented in any Wordpress plugins. So I decided to modify one. I selected CodeColorer to modify as it already had a method of processing arguments within the “cc” tag it uses.

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A Fatter Website

Deltanova has put on a little weight this weekend and not because of too much curry and beer. The change has taken place to enable the website to fit a 10” netbook screen width. Displays smaller than this are nolonger common on desktop machines so it makes sense to make use of the greater screen width. I’m not maximising to fill 24” displays as thats going too far and reading is more difficult over such a screen width. The change forms part of my plan to put more example code onto the site; wider page means less line wrapping. More tweaks to the site are planned but they are likely to be smaller, less noticable steps.

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XHTML Valid Once Again

Since the upgrade to WordPress 2.5 I have been a little unhappy that the site wasn’t validating as XHTML 1.0 Transitional Compliant. Today I have taken steps to correct this.

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Changes

The site will look more or less the same as it did last time you looked at it, but a few things have been changing. The first thing you will notice is the great big video window after the first post. This is the Webb Report, a regular commentary on the happenings of all things internet related.

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Backend Updated

The site has been updated with the lastest version of wordpress (0.72 Beta RC1). This provides a few new features and bug fixes.

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