WordPress Themes at davelevy.info

I am basing my newer themes on zBench. This page talks about customisations I have undertaken or am in the process of implementing. It includes stuff about header images, the front page, (mainly full articles vs. snippets) and favicons.

Header Images

The theme editor panel allows one to assign an image file to the header. Since this was one of the motives for moving the blog to wordpress, I really should get on with it.

Front Page

The default front-page is implemented using index.php.

For the wiki, I should make a new front page, maybe, this page at themelab explains how to do this simply.

This article Corporate Blogs: Front Page Structure, recommends the use of summaries on the front page, as opposed to the full articles. During July, I wrote some exceptionally long articles, and published them out of order  which really made finding content really hard, and even following the story hard.

This wiki also uses the read more  features of WordPress. I researched this, with help at the wordpress community forums, I started a thread called, use of Insert More with zbench, which discuss the use of ‘insert break’ button and the dashboard settings. This page at the wordpress codex, called, Customizing the Read More explains how to use the read more features.

In October 2013, I decided to revise the Read More functionality, I installed the advanced-excerpt plugin in order to have some say on length of the the excerpt. This gives some issues around the hypertext link and decoration for the hypertext link. The rendering of the » symbol varies, and for the default look in zbench it is managed via a css class rule which is quite pretty.

I also installed the featured picture widget and set up a CSS rule to force the pictures to aligh left.

I decided to emulate the comments page by having horizontal lists detailing the catagories and tags for each entry.

I get them using the following functions,

<!--- entry customisation code by dfl  16 Oct 2013 --->
 <div>
   <span class="post-info-bottom">
   <span class="post-info-category">
       <?php echo get_the_category_list(','); ?>
   </span></span>
   <span class="post-info-tags"><?php echo get_the_tag_list(' ',', '); ?></span>
 </div>

The post-info-* classes are part of zbench, the use of get_the_category_list realises a class called .post-categories. I have defined the following CSS rule

    .post-categories ul li {list-style-type: none; display: inline; }

which makes the category list behave properly.

Fav Icons

I have used the HTML editor in the dashboard to insert the favicon code lines. I used this page, http://is.gd/SHiZED as a guide which also points at a favicon maker.

BT Broadband

The UK’s premier provider of residential broadband services. This page holds my notes on their Fair Usage policy as at Autumn 2011. The comment documents BT’s transition to true unlimited. The page is now pretty much out of date.

On the 25th July (2012?), I started to document the performance of the line at home. This is held, originally in the comments, and on transition to this platform as the final comments on this page. . Continue reading “BT Broadband”

Orange and Mail

You’d have thought that I’d have configured enough phones to know my mail config paramters by now. So here’s so I don’t have to forget.

Using the HTC mail client with tiscli as my mailbox provider and orange as my telco.

pop: pop.tiscali.co.uk, no security

smtp: smtp.orange.net – no login

default ports

Not sure if ‘send’ works over wifi

Lustre

Lustre is the premier HPC parallel file system. It was originally an open source project which Sun Microsystems bought and when the Oracle aquisition occurred it seems that Oracle failed to run with it.

This was written in 2011; I looked it in 2018 when one of the links failed. Frankly I wondered if it was still in use or had been replaced by newer technologies, but as Wikipedia reports, it’s still going strong.

Here are my notes … Continue reading “Lustre”

Municipal WiFi

In Jan 2012, the Telegraph ran a story on how Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea boroughs have agreed with O2 to build the world’s biggest free wifi network, this is mirrored at this thread at South East Central.

  • Municipal Urban WiFi at Wikipedia, includes a list of Cities with fee Citywide WiFi, in the UK, Bristol and Norwich. (Liverpool has a paid service and the funding status for Newcastle in County Down is unstated.)

San Francisco

San Francisco famously experimented with free city wide WiFi. It was started with quite a splash and I was visiting it on a frequent basis. It seems they have suspended municipal investment in the programme in 2007 and invest in more directed programme to resolve the digital divide.

Socket Programming

It has to be Python

Don’t ask.

controlshift.org

Introduction

This was the web platform for Vanessa Garlick and Liz Gorman’s final year undergraduate project.

WordPress

WordPress gives us most of what we need, most importantly identity and authentication functionality. The one thing we are obviously missing is a voting solution.

I have found two,

  • Post Voting, this is their web site, it is available via the ‘install themes’ page.
  • Vote it Up, this is on the wordpress site.

We want to vote on Posts aka Places, Proposals and Comments. This means that we need to distinguish between comments and proposals. This may require using templates to force the use of pictures. a ‘Proposal’ tag and forcing the inclusion of the voting panel. The installation of votes into a theme, may involve editing the .php files. WordPress document ‘the Loop’ on the codex, which needs to be understood. The voting themes give us a way of reporting the votes.

Domain Name

I ordered this domain name, but got the web interface wrong. It placed the domain in a separate commercial package. I rang ‘one and one’ who talked me through the transfer. The support call id is 245322465. Thanks.

Header CSS

I added an 8px margin top to the header logo.