Popular Posts Update

The popular posts plugin was broken, but it’s fixed now. Update your template so it looks like this if you want to use it:

{popularposts}
{if $pposts != ''}
<br />Most Popular Posts<br /><br />
{foreach from=$pposts key=key item=details}
<nobr><a href="{$details.url}" title='{$details.title}'>{$details.title|truncate:30:"..."}</a>: {$key}</nobr><br />
{/foreach}
{/if}

Summary Feeds – why no links?

If you’ve wondered why your RSS feed here doesn’t have any feeds, that’s because WordPress by default displays only summaries.
To show the full text and mark-up of your posts, go into Options->Reading and click “full text” for the option, “For each article, show:”

God damn bookmarklet, kills my browser (Mozilla Firefox 1.0 preview) more often than not. *grrr*

Oh woh is me! Comment Spam Already!

It didn’t take long for the comment spammers to figure out we’re running WordPress here. I got a dozen requests to moderate comments this morning. Mark did too, but he had turned off the notification in WP so there may be a bug there somewhere. Expect test comments to appear and disappear on this post over the next hour or so!
Later… Fixed it. There’s no check for the “moderation_notify” flag . Here’s how to patch your own WordPress system:

Edit wp-includes/functions.php and add the following lines to the function wp_notify_moderator():

if( get_settings( "moderation_notify" ) == 0 )
    return true;

WordPress Tags – Use Them!

Someone on #wordpress asked how they could list the number of posts in every category. They were pointed at this page in the support forum. Even though we’re using Smarty as the templating system here, what’s stated there applies here! Add the following parameter to the call to {list_cats}:optioncount=1
ie. {list_cats optioncount=1 optional='0' all='All' sort_column='name'}
There’s a comprehensive list of WordPress Template Tags on the WP Wiki.
It should be the first port of call for anyone looking for help editing their template as the difference between Smarty syntax and PHP isn’t great and is easily learnt once you’ve digested what the template does.
And here are the docs on custom fields. It should be simple to add a Smarty function that’ll display my pic of the day again! (via the support forum)

WP Database Error – edit.php

Mark found a bug in the backend but it’s been discovered already and discussed. I applied my own fix below..
Error:

Warning: join(): Bad arguments. in …/wp-admin/edit.php on line 13

Fix:

if( is_array( $editable ) == false )
  $editable = array( "1" );
$editable = join(',', $editable);

On another note, if you can’t post blog entries as anything other than “Draft” or “Private”, then go to Options->Writing and check “May publish articles” for “Newly registered members:”
Now, if only we could set publishing rights to a certain user level, then new users could publish if the admin set their level high enough.

Now Running WordPress

The site is now running on WordPress. I’m going to get some breakfast.
Much Later – Still problems with feeds. I’m updating tonight to the CVS snapshot of WordPress from this morning so breakages are likely, but hang on in there! We’re almost home!
Later Still – Merging of the CVS version of WordPress is complete. I’ll have to track this as time goes by but it looks to have solved the problems we had earlier! 🙂

PictPress – WordPress Gallery Plugin

Oooh, PictPress looks nice but I’ll have to put some restrictions on usage here as convert is such a dog on any system! Hmm, it’ll need some sort of upload facility in the backend too as it’s impossible to create directories in the images folder right now.

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)

The Usability of Open Source S …

The Usability of Open Source Software “They just don’t like to do the boring stuff for the stupid people!” (Sterling, 2002)

Open source communities have successfully developed a great deal of software although most computer users only use proprietary applications. The usability of open source software is often regarded as one reason for this limited distribution. In this paper we review the existing evidence of the usability of open source software and discuss how the characteristics of open source development influence usability. We describe how existing human-computer interaction techniques can be used to leverage distributed networked communities, of developers and users, to address issues of usability.