Meta entries

Jun
4
2009

New blog features

Okay, I’ve got two new comment plugins working now, one that puts recent comments in the sidebar and one that allows comment notifications by email. I did some hacking of the php script on the latter (to improve layout, however slightly) and haven’t fully tested the whole subscribe/unsubscribe procedure, so please let me know if there are glitches.

Also: behind the scenes, I added the Widget Context plugin. It is a thing of much usefulness and beauty.

WordPress sidebar widgets, while neat and easy, lock you into an everywhere-or-nowhere choice. Widget Context lets you specify locations on a per-widget basis, on the fly. All I’ve done with it thus far is to remove the ‘Recent Entries’ widget from the front page, where it’s redundant, but the capabilities go much farther. All WP bloggers should have this!

May
19
2009

Now in beta

I underestimated the power of my perfectionist streak. Should know myself better than that …

I genuinely had every intention of using a premade WordPress theme and just tweaking it slightly. I even had a decent one picked out. But naturally this turned out to be an exercise in a hundred tiny annoyances and dissatisfactions, so after about an hour I tossed it and started rolling my own code and design. From scratch.

Took me two long days of doing not much else to get to this point (which made for a very mopey Jak, as I’ve been unavailable for working on our novel). It’s bare-bones at the moment, so I’ll be adding features as I go, and I’m sure I’ve missed some style combinations that will crop up as it gets further use.

But I am happy with it, which is saying a lot, because these days I am crotchety and very hard to please.

Caveat: If you’re using IE 7 you’re probably seeing some mess, because this is my party and I refuse to spend hours attempting to cater to a crappy browser. IE 8, Firefox, and Safari all work properly.

More details on the site page.

May
17
2009

Pay no attention

Here we are with yet another (I’ve lost count!) incarnation of Karawynn essay-journal-blog-thing. For now I’m calling it ‘musings’, which is painfully unoriginal, I know, but I wasn’t going to postpone the project until I could think of something more clever. The title isn’t really important, for this, and using the home directory of karawynn.net means I can change it anytime.

Because I’m me, I can’t just implement even a good design created by someone else, no … I have to get in there and fiddle with it. So until I get things arranged to my satisfaction, there will be intermittent breakage. Shouldn’t be too long, a day or two perhaps; once I get a burr under my saddle (to lapse into the vernacular of my childhood) I move quickly.

In the meantime, I’m just that girl behind the curtain. Nothing to see here. Yet.