An attempt to write a blog post a day for a whole year

Over the past few days I’ve been setting up a small and simple, yet long term project in which I intend to write at least one blog post a day for entire year, starting with the first post on 1st January 2010.

The project preparation started on the 24th December when I registered the domain name yearblog.co.uk (a little dull, but to the point). Once that and the hosting side of things were ready I installed the latest version of WordPress (2.9) and began coming up with a few ideas for simple theme. Continue reading “An attempt to write a blog post a day for a whole year”

Issue with WP SubHeading plugin v1.1

An update to the WordPress SubHeading plugin was committed on Wednesday 2nd December, which added the ability to completely remove all stored subheadings when deactivating the plugin.

This new ‘tidy’ feature was enabled by default, but I failed to remember that during the plugin upgrade process the plugin was deactivated and then activated once the new version had been successfully installed.

Because of this and the ‘tidy’ setting active, the hooks I had in place always (wrongly) assumed that it was a new install, rather than an upgrade, and therefore may have removed all the subheading values you had set.

As of version 1.2 this feature is disabled by default, and checks for any previous version of the plugin before resetting your options and deleting the meta values (subheadings).

Apologies to anyone who has suffered  from a loss of data, and I hope all these issues are now resolved as of the latest version (1.2).

WP SubHeading Plugin (1,000 downloads)

The WordPress SubHeading plugin allows you to add sub titles to both your blog posts and pages. Last night it followed in the footsteps of my Page Meta plugin by reaching the 1,000 downloads mark.

Yesterday saw over 100 downloads as a result of numerous modifications and updates, some of which due to mistakes on my behalf which was mildly irritating. The main reason behind all the updates was to cater for numerous feature requests and bugs reported by users of the plugin. Continue reading “WP SubHeading Plugin (1,000 downloads)”

WP Page Meta Plugin (1,000 downloads)

The WordPress Page Meta plugin was initially written as a simple solution for adding meta descriptions to pages on a site I have been working on, as this is not available by default. Today it broke through the 1,000 downloads mark.

The plugin quite quickly evolved into a solution that allowed for keywords as well as descriptions to be added, as well as the ability to set a custom page title. If required the page title can even be defined in your page template, allowing for dynamic pages / templates to have specific titles. Continue reading “WP Page Meta Plugin (1,000 downloads)”

Using a BlackBerry Bold as a modem (O2 + Windows)

If you’re away from home or the office and looking to use your laptop to access the internet without a Wi-Fi connection, rather than using your BlackBerry directly you could set it up as a modem using the O2 Mobile Web GPRS Access Point within a couple of minutes.

It’s recommended that you contact O2 with regards to any data charges if you’re worried about any possible costs before continuing with the setup described below. The steps taken assume that you are using the O2 network and using Windows Vista OS. Continue reading “Using a BlackBerry Bold as a modem (O2 + Windows)”

WordPress hosted plugins and Tortoise SVN (Windows)

Plugins are used to extend the core functionality of WordPress, allowing you to create almost anything you could possibly require. The Plugin Directory contains thousands of community contributed plugins that you can download, rate, and comment on.

If you’re looking to create your own plugin and want to get it noticed, it’s recommended that you publish and host it in the directory. Here’s a quick guide to take you through the steps of publishing a plugin on a Windows based system. Continue reading “WordPress hosted plugins and Tortoise SVN (Windows)”