And my first WordPress.org post was …

My post on this forum thread was my first one on WordPress.org apparently.

It was 8 years ago and WordPress didn’t have a plugin system and wouldn’t have until later. I had integrated Smarty into the b2++ project, with a nifty versioned template editor and even looked at doing the same with WordPress. Smarty had a plugin system that could be used in theory but nothing came of it.

What was your first post on the WordPress.org forum? Look in your profile to find out!

WordPress and Smarty

I was drafted in to help on WordPress a long time ago. Unfortunately I haven’t done much work on any OSS projects in a while and it was bothering me.
I did do some useful work though – I found out that the Smarty register_resource construct was buggy when using caching. That rules out using MySQL as a backend to hold templates. (I posted a mail to the Smarty list but nothing came of it. *shrug*)
Finally, after re-installing Linux on my new hard drive last weekend I Smartyised WP! Here’s a WIP snapshot.
What does it do? Well, I wrapped some of the Smarty template API (ie. bloginfo(), etc) in Smarty functions of the same names. I’ve only done enough to get the default template working, as it’s laborious work and I wanted to get something out quickly!
The template is split up into 3 parts: top.tpl, post.tpl and end.tpl. They live in users/main/templates/ and can be edited there with a text editor. The online editor from b2++ will make it’s way there eventually probably.

Before trying this, please be sure to backup your WP installation. The files in the tarball don’t conflict with the files in CVS but I can’t guarantee that this won’t delete all your WP install files if you’re not careful!

Download the WP – Smarty mod. (40Kb)