My notes from this month's "WordPress Sampler" meeting of WPJax
at Modis. Folks in our group range from business
owners and students to advanced developers. Here are some of their
recommendations and insights, primarily from Elizabeth,
Clint, and Jonathan.
Themes and Development
What WP Theme is That? is
especially useful when dissecting what other webmasters have done
in building their themes.
BluChic has WordPress themes for sites,
intended for a more feminine look.
Creative Market is
WordPress themes: Hundreds, nay thousands! At reasonable prices.
The Avada multi-purpose, responsive theme.
Comes highly recommended as being one of the most easily
customizable and dependable. This is Theme Forest's best-selling
"flagship" theme. Somewhat pricier than the other themes we
discussed, this one is just as easy, but a little better for folks
who aren't afraid to write just a handful of PHP statements to
tweak the perfect theme's functionality.
Cobalt Apps promises to break down some
of the barriers that normally require a bit of coding. It builds
child themes for the Genesis
theme without having to dig too deeply into PHP or HTML / CSS.
Stock Photos and Shopping
Death to the Stock Photo sends
you free, royalty-free photos. you receive an monthly email. Or
subscribe to their entire library for a small fee.
The Dollar Photo Club has
High-resolution and vector images, royalty-free, always $1.00 USD
Embed items in your marketplace from "Square" (using an
Cafe bon Appetit is a site partly
coded by Jonathan, showing how something built for large
institutions like a university can still be attractive and
appealing. The main page operates several sites inside, each
catered to a college or corporation cafeteria. This ties together
databases, design, and working through procedural and regulatory
Jonathan also showed us the behind-the-scenes operation of a new
site for a major office furniture designer/manufacturer. The site's
theme and plugins enable functions in the WordPress admin screens
that permit building nested database-driven detail boxes in the
post/page composition process without any coding whatsoever.
Jonathan also shared his experience finding, tracking, and repairing a
bug in the WordPress Core that has existed for years.
I encourage you to contact Clint, Jonathan,
or Elizabeth for your WordPress
design needs. And thanks again to Modis and to Tim and Rebecca for the
venue and the refreshments!
Good questions and a bunch of tips from everyone else attending rounded
out this excellent session. We've got a great group going, and much
talent on the move here in the "Bold New City of the South!"
To compare the current working copy with other versions, or just
to see what other tagged versions are available, it is handy to know
the revision number, which is what svn bases all its operations on. The
best way to do this is with the long (verbose) form of
svn ls as
shown below. Note, I am in the 'trunk' directory of my AutoNav
bill@charcoal:trunk$ <strong>svn ls -v ../tags</strong>
327606 wlindley Dec 31 11:41 ./
175035 wlindley Nov 18 2009 1.1.8/
175037 wlindley Nov 18 2009 1.1.9/
187455 wlindley Dec 27 2009 1.2.2/
192298 wlindley Jan 10 2010 1.2.3/
193267 wlindley Jan 12 2010 1.2.4/
195857 wlindley Jan 20 2010 1.2.5/
283374 wlindley Aug 31 14:03 1.2.7/
287447 wlindley Sep 09 13:31 1.2.8/
307532 wlindley Nov 03 14:52 1.2.9/
308944 wlindley Nov 07 12:57 1.3.0/
311196 wlindley Nov 13 16:28 1.3.1/
312023 wlindley Nov 15 22:33 1.3.2/
320048 wlindley Dec 07 06:34 1.3.3/
320583 wlindley Dec 08 11:05 1.3.4/
327606 wlindley Dec 31 11:41 1.3.5/
The revision numbers are at left. Now I can do:
bill@charcoal:trunk$ svn diff -r 320583
--- autonav-wl.php (revision 320583)
+++ autonav-wl.php (working copy)
@@ -4,7 +4,7 @@
Plugin URI: http://www.wlindley.com/webpage/autonav
Description: Displays child pages in a table of images or a simple list; also displays
attached images, or images from a subdirectory under wp-uploads, in a table, with
automatic resizing of thumbnails and full-size images.
Author: William Lindley
Author URI: http://www.wlindley.com/
<em>and so on</em>
It sure would be nice if there were a way to combine both local working
copy and a remote tag in an
svn diff command, but that does not seem
to be suppported yet (as of svn 1.6).
see also Other svn tricks here
Firebug 1.6, the plugin for Firefox, is newly released;
for debugging or developing web apps, like Wordpress, it is simply
A few of my favorite features:
solves the one biggest thing that always drove me nuts, in dealing
with Real World css.
Copy CSS from the inspection window by right-clicking on the
Strawberry Perl is a relatively new competitor to ActiveState
Strawberry includes MinGW (a port of the GNU compiler tools) and MSYS
(a port of the bash command line) which run directly as Windows
programs -- in contrast to Cygwin which is a separate environment. Yes
that means you have 'make' and 'gcc' on Windows directly now!
Strawberry runs under 64-bit Windows 7; ActiveState doesn't yet.
Strawberry installs even the latest modules from CPAN; ActiveState has
precompiled 'ppm' modules which do not include the full CPAN complement
nor the latest additions or updates.