Today, Aaron Street and I made a pact to deactivate our Facebook accounts through the end of April.
It is easy to forget to update the copyright notice on your website or blog every year. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Instead, you can use this bit of code:
My dad had to learn Farsi for his posting in Afghanistan while he was working for the State Department. In order to memorize the alphabet, he set it to the Alphabet Song. He left this video message with us on Skype this week when we were a little late to log on. It’s a pretty funny combination.
My first winter camping trip was a 9-day Outward Bound expedition in the Maine wilderness, cross-country skiing and dog sledding. I learned the basics there, and I have been camping in winter in the Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness since shortly after I moved here in 2000.
I recently wrote up my feelings about Thesis 2 on Lawyerist. Here are the choice bits:
If Thesis 2 was supposed to empower unsophisticated users, it is a failure. The Skins Editor is far more complicated than the old settings panel, from which you could change the layout and all the colors and fonts from a single screen. Now, you have to visit dozens of HTML “Boxes” and CSS “Packages” to do the same things. It is ludicrous.
If Thesis 2 was supposed to empower sophisticated users, it is likewise a failure. Using the Skins Editor is far more complicated than editing a couple of custom files for someone with a fairly basic grasp of HTML, CSS, and PHP. In fact, it is even useless for intermediate users, who would probably have an easier time copying and pasting chunks of code than hunting down settings on boxes inside of boxes.
Rather than wait to see if DIY Themes can improve Thesis 2 (or just for Thesis 3), I am moving on.
If you set up a WordPress Multisite Network on a server with other websites on it (for example, Lawyerist Sites is hosted on the Lawyerist server, so there are a number of directories on the server. If your network is set up similarly, you will probably get frustrated trying to set up domain mapping according to the “standard” tutorial by Otto on WordPress.
Here are a few problems I solved on the way to getting domain mapping working on Lawyerist Sites.
It’s easy to add your own dashboard widget to WordPress, and one of the easiest to widgets to add is one that displays recent updates from any RSS feed. I put together the above widget for a project I am working on so we can promote Lawyerist posts to users.
Here’s what goes into the theme’s functions.php (or custom_functions.php, in the case of Thesis) file:
Tuesday night, I launched a refreshed HOME Line website. HOME Line is a non-profit tenant advocacy organization that “provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services” to Minnesota tenants. I have been involved with home line for nearly a decade, and I am a member its board of directors.
The number of people who visit HOME Line’s website for help has been steadily increasing, and we decided to renovate the look and feel to help visitors get to the information they need faster. Now that the visual renovation is complete, I will be working with HOME Line to reorganize and consolidate the content and streamline the navigation.
The website is WordPress + Thesis.
The Polldaddy Polls & Ratings WordPress plugin is an easy way to enable readers to rate comments, either on a 5-star scale, or “Nero”-style thumbs up or down. However, it won’t work for adding ratings to comments if you use Thesis.
Fortunately, it is an easy fix. Just go to Plugins > Editor, then select the Polldaddy Polls & Ratings plugin from the drop-down menu and click the Select button. Below Plugin Files, click on the polldaddy/rating.php link. Use Ctrl+F to search for comment_text, which should take you to this line:
add_filter( 'comment_text', 'polldaddy_show_rating_comments', 50 );
Just replace it with this line:
add_filter( 'thesis_comment_text', 'polldaddy_show_rating_comments', 50 );
Click the Update File button, and your ratings should show up. Just remember that you will have to update this any time the Polldaddy Polls & Ratings Plugin gets updated.