Testing WPtouch, Make Your Blog iPhone-friendly

kenmc.com running WPtouch, iPhone-rendering plugin for WordPress

A tweet from Donncha pointed me in the direction of WPtouch earlier today, now running on kenmc.com.

What does it do?

It’s a plugin for your WordPress-based blog that renders a very iPhone and iPod-friendly theme of your blog. Forget bulky images, scrolling screen after screen – load in the plugin, fire it up and browse a great looking lo-fi version of your blog (see the image above).

You can customise how particular pages are displayed, tie in Flickr photos, full links pages login / logout function and, to an extent, set a colour scheme for the theme via the plugin options. I might as well do a little digging into the plugin and bring across some kind of consistency between the actual blog and the iPhone version of it but I’m impressed.

Grab the plugin yourself here. It requires WP2.3 or higher and has support for WP2.7.

Stumbleupon, Spammers and WordPress 2.5

While I’ve had a manic enough week in the office, I grabbed some time yesterday to poke around recent web stats and tackle personal email building up in my inbox. The two things I noticed?

Four out of five blog posts I’ve penned recently have been picked up by Stumbleupon users, so – welcome SU users. I hope you’ve enjoyed the articles you’ve found and have been reading – plus I hope the assistance with the Popularity Contest plugin has helped, though Alex King will be releasing a fully WP compatible version shortly.

The other thing I notice, as I sift through my email, is that the spammers were certainly out in force this week – trackbacks and comments alike. Clear out Akismet and it’s slowly but surely begins filling up again – and again, and again and again. Is there an issue with Akismet or has there just been a global increase in spam activity for the week?

Finally, I will say that I’m enjoying the use of WordPress 2.5. The media gallery has taken some getting used to but functionality-wise and from an end-user’s point of view I think it’s bang on.

Now, it’s time for the weekend.

Painless Upgrade To WordPress 2.5 (Plus Working Plugins)

Well, the update to WordPress 2.5 went painlessly. After disabling each plugin I use, the overall upload time, upgrade time and plugin-check took about 30 minutes. Plus, I’ve remembered to set the time forward on the blog (the clocks went forward last night in case you’ve forgotton – happened me last year).

For the first time too I’ve also used the automatic plugin upgrade which was used to update the Jaiku widget on the sidebar and Google Sitemaps plugin. Handy knowing a simple click from your plugins menu will retrieve the update automatically for you without the need to disable > download new plugin > ftp plugin across > re-enable etc.

The following is a list of plugins I’m currently using, all of which showed no problems in upgrade.

I’ve one or two advertising plugins to check across other blogs yet (as well as PodPress – has anyone had any notable issues?) but with a smooth transition to 2.5 I’ll be rolling out the update across the rest of my little blogging empire over the next few days.

WordPress Hooks At A Glance

Came across a handy resource for WordPress themers. If you’re like me and usually end up throwing countless additional time into the day by pouring through WordPress, hacking up themes for one reason or another, you should find the WordPress Hooks guide really useful.

It has a huge selection of hooks documented and explained in good detail, and can be broken down to specific versions of WP as well. Worth a glance or a bookmark.

Comments Error Fixed

As highlighted by Keith this morning, and realised by myself last night, error messages have been appearing on the blog since the WP2.1 update yesterday when you go to post a comment.

This was caused by a problem in the Subscribe To Comments plugin, which has been resolved by updating to the latest version (2.1). If you don’t already allow people to subscribe to comments via email I would suggest it, any time there’s the opportunity to do it on an interesting blog post I’ll take it…

Top notch plugin too…

WordPress Upgrade Fairly Painless

Pretty painless upgrade to WordPress 2.1. Started the ball rolling about 9:10 and its done as of now (bulk of it was me backing up EVERYTHING from the server, including the DB, something I should have done long ago).

Initial impressions seem fine, few changes to the backend including the way the links are worked. Had to make a template tweak or two in order to display the links by category again ( get_links_list() bundles them all together, drop in ‘id’ – get_links_list(‘id’) and you’re laughing). Hopefully it will speed things up a little bit while browsing and posting.

Also added the ‘Snap Preview Anywhere‘ plugin to the theme – think its nice to get a view of sites you’re being linked off to, spread the love and all that craic. Register on the site for your key, download and install the plugin, enter said key and away you go.

Update: Triple post due to Internal 500 error…. have to check about that. Also manage area isn’t displaying any posts…. again, gotta check that out, likely the upload.
Update 2: Above problems fix…. also replaced out Ultimate Tag Warrior to the latest version, seemed to help.
Update 3: Think I was wrong about that…. could be a project for lunch time!

WordPress 2.1 – Get It While Its Hot

Packed with some interesting new features and developments, WordPress 2.1 was released tonight and is available for download. Now, armed with more info on WordPress MU than you can shake a stick at after the weekend its time to get cracking on a multiuser install at KilkennyMusic.com. A 1.1 upgrade on the way I think?

A quick episode of Commander In Chief then its off to update kenmc.com…

Geeky WordPress Theme

It has been a while since I blogged about an actual WordPress theme but you’ve got to hand it to the developer behind this theme, whoever it is certainly breaks away from the norm in terms of WordPress theming. While it won’t have much use for the average blogger or average web browser, techies, geeks and fans of the ole command line approach to things (which includes me) should get a kick of it.

Command Line Interface WordPress Theme

The theme has been AJAXed up to the hilt and works pretty much as a command line interface should. The version linked above seems like the pilot, take a trip to the developers site for a complete version if you’re looking to download it. Gets a thumbs up for creativity from me anyway!

New Year – New Theme For Your Blog?

If one of the things you’ve decided for the New Year is to change the appearance of your blog or to develop your own theme, Rachel at Cre8D Design has put together a list of useful resources to help to create a WordPress theme.

Personally, I’d suggest having a look around the WordPress Themes site and maybe stick your head in at WP-Plugins, between the two of them you’re likely to be able to create something!