Category: Theme

Running Time Plugin

By , Wednesday, 30th May, 2007

Tonight I’ve installed Running Time (Version 1.1b2) wordpress plugin from saruken.com.

Uploaded to my plugins directory, activated, and include the following code somewhere (probably my sidebar):

Running Time code

I know this site’s young, but it might be fun as it gets older, to know exactly how long it’s been going for?? πŸ˜€

Gravatars2 Plugin

By , Monday, 28th May, 2007

Now I’ve installed the Gravatars2 Plugin (Version 2.6.2), from the ZenPax site.

Installations was a little more fiddlier than the other plugins I’ve installed, but I got there in the end:
Place the gravatars2-cache-refresh.php in the root directory of the site
place the gravatars folder in the wp-content folder
place the contents of the plugins folder into the plugins folder.

Activate the plugins and set the options.
I didn’t need to add the CSS Stlye for gravatars to my theme, as it already had something set.
I also didn’t need to add the required code to my comments.php file, as it too was already there.

From this site, I discovered that there is a gravatar signup plugin, which I thought might make it easier for some of my readers to get a gravatar. However, that page had been moved to here. From here, I was able to download and install it (straight into plugins folder) and activate it. Hopefully some more people will get into the gravatar thing. πŸ™‚

Ohh, for those of you wondering what a Gravatar is, go visit the site.

I can display any gravatar I’d like in a post by inserting this code:

Gravatar Code

Advanced Search Plugin

By , Sunday, 27th May, 2007

Have now included an Advanced Search form on the site. Am using Zirona‘s Advanced Search Plugin (Version 0.6).

Installation again was easy:
Uploaded all files to the Plugins Directory
Activated the Plugin
Created a page with the contentΒ Advanced Search tag
Added the CSS Code from ctas.css to my theme’s CSS Style sheet

I have posted a comment at the Advanced Usage of Advanced Search page (Comment No. 41) to see if there is some way that the check boxes are unticked by default. Hopefulle we can find a solution to this.

Still have to work out how to exclude the page listing from the top menu bar when using this theme. Have used this WordPress site’s help page to exclude the listing from other sites, but can’t seem to find something similar in this theme. πŸ™

Also would like to get an Advanced Search link below the regular search form in the sidebar, but styled like all the other buttons. Will have to work on that also.

Obviously, if a search was done now, there wouldn’t be a great many results returned (unless you searched for plugins, of course πŸ™‚ ), but hopefully as the site ages, it will become a useful feature.

Share This Plugin

By , Sunday, 27th May, 2007

I have installed Alex King‘s Share This Plugin (Version 1.4).

This provides a little green icon at the end of posts that users can click on to submit the post to a bookmarking site or email the page to someone.

Hope you find it handy.

EDIT (15/6/07):

Have changed

Share This Code

within the share-this.php file

Then I added to index.php and single.php in my theme files.
Now the only reason i’ve done this, is because I didn’t want the Share This icon and link on my pages.

You can get the Share Icons from here.

Post Ratings Plugin

By , Sunday, 27th May, 2007

Now I have installed the WP-PostRatings (Version 1.10) into my WordPress installation, thanks to Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan.

This required all the downloaded files to be uploaded to my Plugin directory, then activate the plugin.

Then I added the required code

Post Ratings Code 1

anywhere below

Post Ratings Code 2

in the single.php file in my theme folder.

This now adds a picture graph at the bottom of posts/pages, showing how people rate the post. Might be fun???

Post Views Plugin

By , Sunday, 27th May, 2007

Now I have installed the WP-PostViews (Version 1.10) into my WordPress installation, thanks to Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan.

This required all the downloaded files to be uploaded to my Plugin directory, then activate the plugin.

Then I added the required code

Post Views Code 1

anywhere below

Post Views Code 2

in the single.php and the page.php files in my theme folder.

This now adds a statement at the bottom of posts/pages, showing how many times the post or page has been viewed by non-registered members (ie, it excludes me!!).

I also added it to the Main Index Template (index.php) so that the “popularity” of posts can be seen from the main page.

Email this Post plugin

By , Sunday, 27th May, 2007

Now I have installed the WP-Email (Version 2.10) into my WordPress installation, thanks to Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan.

This required all the downloaded files to be uploaded to my Plugin directory, then activate the plugin. Then I updated the Permalink structure.

Then I added the required code

Email Code 1

anywhere below

Email Code 2

in the single.php and the page.php files in my theme folder.

Finally, I set the options under E-mail…E-mail Options for display of the link.

This now adds a “Email This Post” or “Email This Page” at the bottom of posts/pages. You will only see this link if you click through to the actual page though – you won’t see it from the main page – I thought it looked untidy on the front page.

Enjoy emailing posts and pages from my site. πŸ˜€

Print this Post plugin

By , Saturday, 26th May, 2007

Now I have installed the WP-Print (Version 2.10) into my WordPress installation, thanks to Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan.

This required all the downloaded files to be uploaded to my Plugin directory, then activate the plugin. Then I updated the Permalink structure.

Then I added the required code

Print Post Code 1

anywhere below

Print Post Code 2

in the single.php and the page.php files in my theme folder.

Finally, I set the options under Options…Print for display of the link.

This now adds a “Print this Post” or “Print this Page” at the bottom of posts/pages. You will only see this link if you click through to the actual page though – you won’t see it from the main page – I thought it looked untidy on the front page.

Enjoy printing from my site. πŸ˜€

Bookmarking and RSS Feed Buttons

By , Friday, 25th May, 2007

Now, I’ve set up a Social Bookmarking and an RSS Feed Button for this site.

First I got the AddThis WordPress Plugin (Version 1.0) from AddThis. I edited the plugin to include my username so that I can track stats. I then uploaded the plugin to the Plugins…Widgets folder, and activated it. This now puts this button:

addthis-bookmark-button

at the bottom of each post. If you want to Bookmark a post, simply click on the Button at the bottom of the post and follow the prompts to save it to your favourite bookmarking site.

I also included in the sidebar the same button to Bookmark the whole site, as well as a Subscribe to the RSS Feed Button, which looks like:

addthis-rss-button

Feel free to Bookmark me or subscribe to the feeds. πŸ˜€

EDIT (6/6/07): I have now un-installed the AddThis WordPress Plugin – simply because it seemed to add too much clutter to posts, and I found the ShareThis Plugin (which you can read about here), which seems so much neater. I have however left the AddThis banners in the sidebar (for the moment πŸ˜€ ).

EDIT (27/7/07): I have deleted the buttons from the sidebar also, and deleted the plugin.

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