Posts Tagged Wordpress

My take on the Fusion Twitter Widget|Meine Variante des Fusion Twitter-Widgets

As you all probably know (at least the people who ever took the time to scroll all the way down to the footer and read it), this site is using WordPress as the Content Management System of choice together with the Fusion theme that makes everything look so sleek. Additionally, I've been studying computer science some years ago. While I'm not really into programing anymore or at least never felt like I could create cool stuff with my skills (save for example my own coverage script back in the days…), I still make use of the little knowledge I have left to tweak this site here and there.

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With the latest update of the Fusion theme came a Twitter widget. It's looking pretty cool (it almost looks like the feed on the right) and I was happy to get rid of the plug-in I used before to mirror part of my Twitter feed as my theme brought this functionality now with it and it looked better. However, one thing bugged me about the widget: there was no link to Twitter, so if somebody felt like replying to one of my tweets, he had no chance to do so with little hassle. This is where my rudimentary programing skills kicked in!

Now, the feed also features a little Twitter-icon in front of every tweet and if you click on that icon, you'll be forwarded to the tweet in particular. Then, you can easily retweet or reply to the tweet. In case you're also using the Fusion theme on your WordPress site or are simply into programing and want to take a look, here's the code snippet.

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WordPress it is!

Alright, we're all set up for the coverage of the German Nationals the upcoming weekend! Many things will look familiar, however, a lot of things will still be different. We'll rely on WordPress as our Content Management System and I'm quite excited to see it live and in action. I've been working with this CMS for quite a while already (this page also relies on WordPress), but never used it for a coverage before, so this should be interesting.

You'll be able to find the coverage at http://event.amigo-spiele.de. Like I wrote last week, we've done a lot of testing to make sure the coverage will deliver. We'll certainly have cool featured matches, an analysis of the metagame that will provide you with a complete overview as well as creative deck features. I'm not sure if I'll be able to blog about whatever's on my mind, but I'm certain that we'll find a way to show you how much fun everyone on site is having, e.g. with the help of videos.

In case you have some questions about the coverage or want to let me know about some articles you'd like to read, please get in touch with me – write an e-mail, contact me via ICQ (#44734926) or simply comment on this post.

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WordPress Bug caused some problems|WordPress-Bug verursachte kleinere Probleme

My site has been affected by some WordPress bug that made it possible for new users to register and set their account type to “admin”. That's… not so good.

Thanks to a good description of the bug on fieser-admin.de (in German), I was able to sort everything out. So everything should work normally again; if not, just drop me a mail.

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Never change a running system!

“Never change a running system” – to be honest, I have never been much of a fan of this slogan. It's not that easy to please me and even if I am quite satisfied, I always look for improvements. Sometimes, this can result in lots of problems. I tend to forget that, which is (ironically) the reason why I'm writing this blog post – it's much harder to forget about stuff you wrote about (at least that's true for me).

So WordPress is this ever-changing content management system that makes it quite easy to come up with a cool blog (as you can see). However, it seems to be an even bigger fan of upgrades than me, so whenever there's a new version out, the admin control panel (this is where I write posts like this one and spend my free time) annoys me to death by showing the “WordPress X.X is out – upgrade now!” message on top of EVERY container in which I can do things like writing posts, edit pages, changing the look and feel of the page and so on. You can guess what happened, I downloaded the latest WordPress version. And while I was at it, I thought I could also download the new version of my theme (that would be the Fusion theme – powered by digitalnature).

As it turned out, that was one of the worse ideas I had today… First of all, my Search button (that would be the cool thing on the right with the picture of a magnifying-glass) disappeared. Even worse, my categories seemed to be gone for good. While the Search button might not be that important (although I think it's a cool feature and I LOVE cool features, I'm just a big geek), I couldn't really get over the loss of my categories. A few minutes later, I realized my various Widgets weren't collapsible anymore (try it out, if you click on “Twitter”, it will hide the Twitter messages! I bet you never tried that before. Isn't that freaking awesome?!). Or, to sum this paragraph up in a sentence: My site looked like shit.

As I'm one of the laziest people around when it comes to backups, I naturally did NOT save my old files. Be warned! Don't do that yourself! Use infinite backups for whatever you're doing with your PC… Well anyways, there was no real turning back, so I had to invest some more time and try to figure out what went wrong. I want to spare you the story of my search for a “known issues” part on the homepage of digitalnature (as there is no such part and therefore it would be quite redundant to mention that in the first place) or my epic quest for a dowloadable version of an earlier version of the Fusion theme. So well, in the end I figured I should just remove some of my Widgets (- ahh… Widgets… I tend to use that term all the time without ever explaining it. Well, a Widget is a little container in the sidebar. So I use a “Search Widget”, a “Category Widget”, a “Twitter Widget” and so on – now you know what that is) and see if that would help. And then I realized that the new Fusion theme considers the Search and the Categories as OPTIONAL Widgets. Meaning: They are not implemented if you use the standard settings.

“Are you fucking kidding me?!” was my initial response… but well, dragging these two Widgets in my sidebar again worked great and my site looked almost as cool as it used to be. Figuring out that the Widgets are now using the class tag “title” instead of “widgettitle” put my “Hackadelic Widget Voodoo” (yes, that's actually the name of this Plug-In) Plug-In back in place and now the Widgets are also collapsible again (come on! Click them again! You know you want to!)!

Why I'm writing all this? Well, first of all, if you're a WordPress user and you stumble over similar problems, this might be helpful! Secondly, I couldn't stand the idea of having lost 60 minutes of my life without getting anything back from them. So I figured I could as well write about the loss so I got some more content on my page. Last but not least, I could show everyone that “embrace change” is NOT always the way to go (which reminds me of this great comic story “Secret Invasion” that I read the day before yesterday – go check it out, it's awesome!)!

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