So what do you guys think? Does it look better now? It is not finished, I still need to tweak some graphics and colors but overall I’m very pleased. I started out with a new theme: Arclite by digitalnature. It has many customization options so I haven’t had to do too much tweaking of the .css files but there has been some. Since I blog so much about code, I finally stopped being lazy and got a code highlighter. I’m using: Dean’s Code Highlighter by Dean Lee. It’s very easy to use and supports a range of different code syntax such as PHP and Actionscript. One of the reasons I decided to update my look was because I have been running an older version of WordPress and it was about time to upgrade. I’m now running 2.9.1 and it looks great. I really like the new admin back office and it is so easy to use and setup.
I also created my first widgets! The ‘Interesting Links’ and ‘Interesting Images’ on the sidebar are no longer hacks done on the themes sidebar.php file. I learned how to create a plugin in WordPress and make it into a widget. Here is what one of the widgets looks like:
Plugin Name: JR-Images
Plugin URI: http://www.joeyrivera.com
Description: Show my images
Author: Joey Rivera
Author URI: http://www.joeyrivera.com
Copyright 2010 Joey Rivera (email : firstname.lastname@example.org)
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2, as
published by the Free Software Foundation.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA
$query = ‘
SELECT image_file, image_origin, image_thumbnail
ORDER BY image_id DESC
$results = $wpdb->get_results($query);
echo ‘<li class="block widget widget_images"><div class="box"> <div class="wrapleft"><div class="wrapright"><div class="tr"><div class="bl"><div class="tl"><div class="br the-content"><div class="titlewrap"><h4><span>Interesting Images</span></h4></div>’;
echo ‘<ul class="blank">’;
foreach($results as $row)
echo ‘<li><a href="/uploader/sample/’ . $row->image_file . ‘" title="’ . $row->image_origin . ‘" rel="lightbox"><img src="/uploader/sample/’ . $row-/>image_thumbnail . ‘" /></a></li>’, "\n";
echo ‘</div></div></div></div></div></div> </div></li>’;
I had to go back to all my old posts and make updates. If you find any issues anywhere, please let me know so I can fix it asap. I’ve found instances in code where there should be two && and instead the code blocks shows &&. I’m currently trying to figure out why my preview button doesn’t work, hopefully I’ll figure that out soon so I can move on to changing some colors around and finally updating my ‘About Me’ page. I hope to have some content in that page by the end of this weekend. Other than that, I hope you all enjoy the new look and am looking forward to hearing some feedback!