Archive for December, 2011

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Upgrade to WordPress 3.3

I actually had not been following the latest WordPress developments too closely, and so I was quite pleasantly surprised by what the upgrade to WordPress 3.3 offered in terms of looks and functionality. But…

There were a few things that I had some issues with. First, I absolutely hate that the toolbar is on by default and apparently can’t be turned off without losing some important functionality. The toolbar is my least favorite feature of all the newer WordPress features. It’s ugly and intrusive. Why are you guys so focused on pushing this thing? Is it because of I get it’s usefulness in that context, perhaps, but with the implementation it gets in my way more often than not.

I create custom plugins for all of my WordPress installations with some custom functionality and admin modifications appropriate to their contexts. Apparently a few of those were sloppily built because as soon as I upgraded, they promptly broke. There was just one line I screwed up in regards to calling a function within a class (typo), but it was something I didn’t notice as I never really ran those plugins through rigorous testing.

One of my favorite plugins for modifying the administration screen is Dean Robinson’s Fluency Admin. Unfortunately the update seems to not be compatible with it. Not one to be deterred, I went about modifying the new admin css to look at least passingly like Fluency.

If you were interested in doing the same, you could run this code through your functions.php file in a pinch, or better yet add it in a plugin:

function like_fluency_css() {
    echo '<style>
*,body {font-family: helvetica, sans-serif;} 
        img#header-logo{display: none;} 
        #adminmenu div.wp-menu-image {float: left;width: 1px;height: 28px;} 
        #adminmenu .wp-menu-image a{display: none;} 
        #wp-admin-bar-wp-logo{display: none;}
        #adminmenuback, #adminmenuwrap {background-color: #222;border-color: #444;border-right-color: #ddd;}
        #adminmenu li.wp-menu-separator {display: none;}
        #adminmenu div.separator {border-color: #0e6ac8;}
        #adminmenu, .folded #adminmenu, #adminmenu .wp-submenu .wp-submenu-head {border-top-color: #444;border-bottom-color: #000;}
        #adminmenu a {color:#fff;}
        #adminmenu .wp-submenu a {color:#777;}
        #adminmenu a:hover, #adminmenu>a:focus, #adminmenu ul.wp-submenu a:hover {color: #fff;}
        #adminmenu>a, #adminmenu>a, #adminmenu>a:focus {background-color: #000;text-shadow: 0 -1px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.4);}
        #adminmenu li.wp-not-current-submenu:hover>a {border-top-color: #000;border-bottom-color: #000;}
        #adminmenu li.wp-not-current-submenu .wp-menu-arrow {border-top-color: #000;border-bottom-color: #000;background: #000;}
        #adminmenu li.wp-not-current-submenu .wp-menu-arrow div {background: #000;border-color: #000;}
        #collapse-menu {color: rgba(255,255,255,0.3);}
        #collapse-menu:hover {color: rgba(255,255,255,1.0);}
        #collapse-menu:hover #collapse-button {border-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.4);background-color: #333;background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(center bottom , #333, #444);}
        #collapse-button {border-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.2);background-color: #000;background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(center bottom , #111, #000);}
        #adminmenu .awaiting-mod, #adminmenu .update-plugins, #sidemenu a .update-plugins, #rightnow .reallynow {background-color: #464646;box-shadow: 0 1px 0 rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5);color: #FFFFFF;}
        .folded #adminmenu .wp-submenu-head {border-bottom-color: #ccc;border-top-color: #ccc;}
        .folded #adminmenu li.wp-has-current-submenu, .folded #adminmenu {border-bottom-color: #6D6D6D;border-top-color: #808080;}
add_action('admin_head', 'like_fluency_css'); //remove logo from admin

There will be more in the days to come, but for now, I’m happy with the progress the team continues to make, and thanks for a great, free product!


I’ve Become an Publisher

I hadn’t given much consideration to including any sort of advertising on my blog in the past, but was given the opportunity to become a publisher in an advertising network recently, and I’m pretty honored by that. “What? My content might be fit for advertising?” Alright, I’m flattered. Feel like I’ve joined an exclusive club.

So, you may start noticing all of the ads here for services geared towards you, the web developer, all being served through Lucky for you, these are the only ads you’re going to see.

A little about from their website:

Ad Packs is a division of, a well respected and hard-working bunch of design and advertising enthusiasts. BSA has been in business for almost 3 years and they serve ads on over 2,900 websites amounting to ~3 billion impressions per month. You can learn more about BSA from their about page or by checking out the BSA rap song on YouTube.

Never really considered mine to be the sort of site that might be useful for someone to advertise on. Maybe it is, maybe it still isn’t. Hopefully I can connect some folks with some fine, fine services, and by all means, click on through if you’re interested.