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Plugin Problems

The last 3 days, I had some plugin problems which caused me some pain in managing my site. After installing a plugin (my bad, I think it was for the previous version of WordPress), I got lots and lots of ‘wrong valuetype’ errors in wp_settings.php and wp_plugins.php.

The blog site itself worked without a hitch (oef !) but the admin site was full of the above errors.

I put out a request for help in the WordPress forums, but had no response. At all. I read everywhere that the community is very friendly, but nada on my first query. Perhaps I was not factual enough. I did notice that a lot requests are in those forums, though, mine got swamped almost immediately in other posts.

In the end I found it myself : I had to edit both files, adding (array) to some variables on the offending line numbers (at least the errors also tell you at which line number things went haywire), and clearing the ‘active_plugins’ field in my db to get the plugins working again. It had the value ‘Array’ which I think is just a placeholder.
After doing this, everything worked again, I could Activate and DeActive plugins again, and the active_plugins field got filled with the list of active plugins.

Note to self : before next plugin essay, backup both php files AND do a database dump.

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Gallery Integration

There’s actually two posts here to do with gallery :
– how to get gallery to integrate with WordPress
– how to get images from Gallery into WordPress

I’ve been busy trying to integrate the Gallery Photo application with WordPress.

Since I’ve only just discovered both applications, there is a lot to learn. Gallery does provide some integration for PHP Nuke and some other CMSses, but not (yet) for WordPress.

I managed to find a bit more information on what to hack from the ScatteredThought website, but their information seems to be a mix of setting it up for the old 1.2 WordPress and the new version – for example, I don’t have a wp-layout.css file !

A few of the problems I encountered following the instructions :

    1. No wp-layout.css file : in WordPress 1.5 this has apparently been replaced by the styles.css file that is particular for each theme. So, simply edit the /wp-content/themes/default/style.css file to add the new class and you are good to go. Of course, you might want to back this file up first !
    2. The code to edit the wrapper.header.default file is not entirely correct : as a consequence of point 1, you need to edit the wrapper.header.default file to point not to the wp-layout.css file, but to the theme directory for the images.

Results are, hmmm, how to say this, encouraging but not succesful. I now have my logo on top of my photo application, with the background from the WordPress blog, but not in the correct size.

Actually, I would like to make the whole blog site take up the complete screen, or close to. On my 19 inch screen, there’s a enormous amount of space that’s not being used by my blog.

Update :
Found a plugin for WP called wp-gallery : It allows you to put (thumbnail) pictures from your gallery in your post. Excellent !

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WordPress update

Apparently, without even knowing it, I got the very, very latest version of WordPress installed, version 1.5, which wasn’t even out officially until sometime today.

It has impressed me a lot – it has multiple user management, the default theme is very clear (though I can’t wait to start modifying at least some stuff so I can differentiate it abit) and the management interface is amazing, and all this free. Incredible !

I have some pictures up as well, will be setting up an image gallery and trying to tie it into WP. But that will have to wait for another day, I’m tired and have a nasty cold.

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Previous Posts

My previous posts were all done in another content system called Bloxsom.

I’ve made a static page of those posts, you can find it here and I’ll be creating a page in the side bar to keep them.

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Hello (again) world!

I just upgraded my hosting solution to use a mysql database. Bloxsom was a nice solution when you don’t have a mysql database handy, but I just couldn’t configure it to do what I wanted (this might be me more than bloxsom).

So out with Bloxsom, in with WordPress.

I’ve been keeping tabs on wordpress for some months now, and it seems to be really, really good. So far the install was done in half an hour, and I am busy learning more about it.

Time will tell.

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Tom is 3 jaar oud.

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Our son Tom, 3 years old. Amazing how fast your live becomes once you have one or more children. Also amazing : that family feeling you get…
Gelukkige Verjaardag, Tom !