Test post from my iGps


This blog slowed to a dead stop because of the frustrations I was having with WPMU, most noticeably that the core wasn’t receiving any of the (much needed) updates but it seems that the project has not died. Or at least that’s the way it looks.

My need for it has come and gone but if I had a similar project again… would I use WPMU? I don’t know, I’d have to read up on it. But I’d tnd to lean in another direction. Joomla? No, not just yet (current version 1.5.10)… but we’ll see.

Just as with WPMU, it seems that theme structure (design) is pretty much the first place that you come to with Joomla when you want to start moulding it precisely to your needs. There are a huge number of templates available for a Jooma install but, soon enough, you start work on a project that needs just that something else.

In that regard I’ve an interest in CSS-based them development for Joomla, or any web site for that matter. I’ve recently come across an extremely useful tutorial at Compass Designs. Their tutorial is targetted toward building a CSS-based theme for your Joomla site, begins with an unformatted site and then builds upon that to add in your chosen design elements. Its a good way of doing things because you get to see exactly how your changes take effect and where that effect is seen and its a useful tutorial.

Useful Online Tools

Compass Designs point out an extremely useful online tool where you can make an assortment of layouts and it will develop them CSS for you; its across at CSS Creator.com

Recently I’ve been busy either working away from web dev or working on some Joomla stuff that I’ve got going.

Joomla! (to give it its full name) is an Open Source Content Management System available from Joomla.org. It is arguably the best Open Source CMS system around today. I’ve spent a lot of time looking at CMS systems, something like 18 months+, looking for a CMS system that was usable, well supported and powerful. Amongst those I’ve trialled has been Typo, which was a nightmare seemingly designed for Ultra Ubergeeks, Drupal which was less so but the suport side of things wasn’t the best if you weren’t Ubergeek plus its funtionality was limted; at something like v5 (can’t recall but was a sizeable version number) things like the built-in editor were very basic.

I eventually settled on Mambo just before the company holding the copyright for the name threw a bit of wobbly and 95% of the development team moved on, forming the Joomla! team. Since then Joomla has gone from strength to strength (Mambo has shown some development but has stagnated in comparison).

I’ve a couple of sites in development using Joomla, however thenmc.org.uk is my “baby” : )

andrea_r has posted into the WPMU forums in this thread a link to a working tool for including Flickr images in blog posts. Its a slightly modified version of the original from TanTan Noodles.

It installs easily and works pretty much straight out of the box. I did, however, come across a niggling little problem; on my write post page I was getting the following error message:

Warning: Missing argument 1 for http_request() in /usr/local/lib/php/HTTP/Request.php on line 209

Luckily I was able to track down the problem and it was an easy thing to fix. Luckily 😉

The fix is as follows:

edit file: lib.phpFlickr.php, line 74

orig: require_once “HTTP/Request.php”;
new: require_once “PEAR/HTTP/Request.php”;

Simple as that.

Curiouser and curioser someone much more eloquent than I once penned.

My TanTan Noodles Flickr plugin conundrum continued. I wasn’t able to immediately resolve the problem so decided to come back to it later; there was a post I wanted to write into that blog so I would have to do the image thing the long way around for now ; )

Curiously I then noticed that the file upload dialogue box on the write post page was filled with a view of the blog’s live page; the file upload dialogue had gone, disappeared, never to return!!

Well, not quite. I deactivated the plugin and the file upload dialogue returned. A curious feature to the plugin ; )

I’ve asked at the TanTan support forum if there’s a fix for this. I’ll mention it if this problem is resolved.

Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress, in 2004 had an idea that, well why don’t I let him talk for himself:

I come across things all the time that I want to link so badly but I just don’t have the time to write an entry about. Now every interesting tidbit I come across is just a click of a favelet away from my readers. It’s liberating.

Read his full blog entry here, interesting stuff.

… I forget why I came across Matt’s Asides?

Ah! The K2 Theme has an option in its config opyions to enable ‘asides

Which will, I can feel it now, drag me off into Widget Land, it will I can feel it in me bones ; )