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Work Update

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Again I find myself in what feels like an unrelenting onslaught of work for which I am very grateful but I am looking forward to the time when Ruth will be able to help with project management.

  1. See For Yourself site Tearfund
  2. Tearfund Emergency site
  3. RL at Home site updates
  4. The Open Door Venue site
  5. Cast Ireland site – just launched but updates needed
  6. Ted Smith Site
  7. Shiva Zargham site
  8. Startouch Typing site
  9. Christian Aid Change Alliance Site
  10. Ealing Council Video
  11. Pursuit Promo Video
  12. Niall McNally Site

Now trying to see if I can find some great project management software that will fit well with the different types of projects I work on.

Suggestions welcome.

Happy Birthday WordPress

By WooYaa, WordPress, Work No Comments

Screen Shot 2013-05-27 at 22.26.29It’s the tenth WordPress of the awesome and brilliant WordPress platform.

WordPress has been a key tool for me over the past few years and has become an essential tool in my a**enal. I use it for both personal and professional clients and it has been the platform on which this site has been based since 2007.

I am so grateful for the amazing software and the fact that it is totally free and open-source.

Have some photos of our ride this afternoon ion Richmond park to celebrate – this stuff is the reason I started blogging in the first place:

New Theme

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I threw this theme together using the Toolbox theme by Automattic.

The main thing about this theme is the background. So far in Firefox and Chrome this is a fully functioning dynamic background that you can change using the WordPress inbuilt custum background function. All the jiggery pokery is managed by CSS.

Not fully tested it on multiple browsers and the theme needs lots of cleaning up but the main thing I wanted to do is working!


I’m using it as a test bed for the OakTree website and what I hope to do with that site.

OakTree Mockups

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Over lunch the past week or so I’ve been working on some new concepts for the OakTree website. They are still very rough but I’m liking them lots. I’m really wanting to push a scalable changing background image.

What do you think?

More Changes

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So I launched WordPress multisite y’day and its been interesting!

There have been quite a few weird things going on but i reckon i’ll be able to fix them

One of the big things is the file structure. It’s made me realise that i may need to rejig the whole site and reorganise the lot. This is always a pain as it usually means all the media gets unlinked and the site falls over If i can avoid that then i’ll be happy.

I do wonder though how easy it would be to export the multisite sites from one WP istallation to another server. If i wanted to move a blog for instance.


The Tweaks

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So i made some tweaks to this current theme.

It was all getting a bit too messy with all the twitter related posts so i thought i’d sort it our and I made the decision to remove any twitter posts from the main pages. At the moment they can only be viewed on my twitter page but they are still being posted to the site. I’ll address being able to access them separately on another day i think.

In doing all this i did want to be able to still use the sidebar for tweets but the plugin I use for twitter integration (twitter tools) doesn’t give enough control for being able to sort it so I decided do it manually just to see if i could and thanks to some code from WPRecipies i’ve been able to make it work.

Here’s a list of the main tweaks:

  • Widened entire theme by 100px
  • Widened sidebar by 100px
  • Created “Latest Tweet” module at top of sidebar
  • Gotten rid of global image borders in favour of content section only borders – was making the “my linkage” thumbs look messy.
  • Cleared global link underlining in favour of text only underlining for links which prevents images from having the annoying underlined but (still exists for hover).
  • Changed some of the “My Linkage” thumbs.
  • Sorted the page navigation for archived posts at bottom of page.
  • Tidied the footer text.

To see the main differences see the two images below:

The Old:

The New:

So far I’m happy with the results but i suspect more tweaking will follow.

Soon I’ll be tackling the Tandem website again but i have this theme in mind which, when i’m done, should look awesome.

Re-Design and WordPress 3.0

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I’m realising that with all the twitter activity that is resulting from my new phone  i think i will be needing to tweak the design on this site again. I dunno if that means it will only be a tweak or if it will be something bigger. The fact that WordPressV3.0 is soon to be released suggests it may be better to wait to see what things that will make easier.

I kind of like the idea of using the new Theme structure to start from scratch and create a really cleane theme. This one here is an utter mess at the back end but it function – just about.

GeekOut over!

Thankful for My ability to design websites

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My ability to design websites

Another one for a geekfest nomination. I started this website in 2004. I rember a couple of frineds had blogs and i thought it was a rather cool idea. I think it was my curious nature that drove me onwards to continuously imporrve it na dto get to the poimnt i am now where i can build and run entire websites on my own. I’m no pro and would never claim to be but i would say all the web stuff i have done has been a labour of love. I get huge enjoyment and a sense of achievement when i figure out how to do certain tasks.

Thank you Jesus for my ability to design websites

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Post Templates… not working as i expected…

By WordPress One Comment

I’ve managed to tweak this theme to sort of do what i want it to do.

If you look at the image below you will see the tweet posts are all simply done with no heading or meta data. (i may add the date back in later) This is great but this happens only when you go to the tweets catagory page.


This image shows the front page of the site but the tweets are not being displayed as per the tweets page.

 mixedWhat i want to happen is for the main page to show all the catagories but when it displays a tweet to display it like it does on the tweet page.

The code is thus:

<?php if (have_posts()) : ?>

<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post();  ?>


if (is_category(28)) {
include(TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/tweetpost.php’);
} else {
include(TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/blogpost.php’);


<?php comments_template(); ?>

<?php endwhile; ?>

<div><?php next_posts_link(‘&laquo; Older Entries’) ?></div>
<div><?php previous_posts_link(‘Newer Entries &raquo;’) ?></div>

<?php else : ?>

<h2>Not Found</h2>
<p>Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.</p>

<?php endif; ?>

The code for the “tweetpost.php” page is thus:

<?php include(TEMPLATEPATH.”/Cat_Thumb_Assign.php”);?>


<?php the_content(‘Read the rest of this entry &raquo;’); ?>


And the code for the “blogposts.php” page is thus:

<a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>”>

<?php if( get_post_meta($post->ID, “hpbottom”, true) ): ?>

<img style=”” src=”<?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, “hpbottom”, true); ?>” width=”100″ height=”100″  alt=”<?php the_title(); ?>” />

<?php else: ?>

<?php include(TEMPLATEPATH.”/Cat_Thumb_Assign.php”);?>

<?php endif; ?>

<h1><?php the_title(); ?></a></h1>

<small><?php the_time(‘F jS, Y’) ?> | <b>Author:</b> <?php the_author_posts_link(); ?> |
<b>Filed under:</b> <?php the_category(‘, ‘) ?>  <?php if ( $user_ID ) : ?> | <b>Modify:</b>
<?php edit_post_link(); ?> <?php endif; ?>|
<?php comments_popup_link(‘No Comments &#187;’, ‘1 Comment &#187;’, ‘% Comments &#187;’); ?></small>

<?php the_content(‘Read the rest of this entry &raquo;’); ?>

I know that some of my readers are wordpress junkies, so come on, step up to the plate, be a man lie you’ve never been a man before (especially apt if you are in fact a girl) and help me out my geeky bretheren…..



<!-- Start the Loop. -->
 <?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

 <!-- The following tests if the current post is in category 3. -->
 <!-- If it is, the div box is given the CSS class "post-cat-three". -->
 <!-- Otherwise, the div box will be given the CSS class "post". -->
 <?php if ( in_category('3') ) { ?>
 <?php } else { ?>
 <?php } ?>

 <!-- Display the Title as a link to the Post's permalink. -->
 <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>

 <!-- Display the date (November 16th, 2009 format) and a link to other posts by this posts author. -->
 <small><?php the_time('F jS, Y') ?> by <?php the_authors_post_link() ?></small>

 <!-- Display the Post's Content in a div box. -->
   <?php the_content(); ?>

 <!-- Display a comma separated list of the Post's Categories. -->
 <p>Posted in <?php the_category(', '); ?></p>
 </div> <!-- closes the first div box -->

 <!-- Stop The Loop (but note the "else:" - see next line). -->
 <?php endwhile; else: ?>

 <!-- The very first "if" tested to see if there were any Posts to -->
 <!-- display.  This "else" part tells what do if there weren't any. -->
 <p>Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.</p>

 <!-- REALLY stop The Loop. -->
 <?php endif; ?>

Last Friday’s failed vlog post

By Video, WordPress One Comment

Because this has been such a failure in trying to get it on-line and because of the influence of Human 3rror‘s “Husband Friday Fail” I am considering a new catagory called FAIL.

I do want to wait until wordpress 2.9 comes out asit looks like thumbnail cats are gonna be part of the markup. Lets wait and see.

I realise also i need to sort out the lighting in these videos – i just cant be a**ed setting it all up in the small suite.

While i love this curerent design i feel its a little too dark – i may try and flip it all over and make it more white rather than so black.