I hate it when WordPress themes use post thumbnails and don’t do fallback measures. I’m looking at you, Obox.

There’s a WordPress Obox theme I’m editing right now that returns broken images when post thumbnails don’t exist. Considering this is a premium theme it’s completely stupid that I have to fix this myself. (This is why I use Get the Image most of the time, at least it’s able to pull images already entered in the post, in case the user neglects to upload post images.) The culprit seems […]

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When I hit Save Draft in WordPress 3.1, I panicked. 3.2 fixed it.

Here’s something I wrote a year ago: I panic when I hit Save Draft in WordPress & see the Publish button gets the same “pressed” visual effect. I switch tabs, then forget I’m just saving it, then what I see is the blue button getting pressed, then I panic The probable explanation for this is to disable the Publish button when you press Save Draft. But there was no indicator […]

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Mainstream media website? Use a WordPress theme

Update (09/15/10): The New Philippines Free press is up. Update (07/26/10): gov.ph now runs WordPress, but per technogra.ph, it returns a lot of missing pages and database error messages. Here’s a thought: news sites should take a page out of the Philippines Free Press and use WordPress themes instead. I’m not entirely serious here, because it’s yet another example of how pathetic Philippine websites are, from the highest office in […]

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Why go local: Para Sa Tabi, May Pasok Ba?, and Facebuko

There’s really not much profit (monetary or otherwise) to be had in making local “copies” of the most popular sites today; you’ll probably just be called unimaginative and lame (read: jologs). But these sites are fun little ideas that stir up the chunks in our cultural halo-halo and remind us that quirky is interesting and copying is okay, as long as we make it our own. (But first, sites that […]

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WordCamp Philippines 2008 Highlights: Development Track, State of the Word, Web Standards, Random Fire

My highlights from WordCamp Philippines 2008, held on September 6 at De La Salle – College of St. Benilde:

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Giving my archives some “snazz”

I’ve given my already-refreshed Archives another refresh by way of a WordPress plugin called Snazzy Archives by Vladimir Prelovac. It reminds me of the very nifty Museum Tumblr theme by Paul Giacherio.

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WordCamp Philippines on September 6. Register now!

The very first WordCamp in Southeast Asia is happening right here in the Philippines. Organized by the Mindanao Bloggers, WordCamp Philippines 2008 will take place on September 6, at the Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theater, 5/F Mutien Building, College of St. Benilde, Taft Ave., Manila. (Edit: I believe that the event date was moved from October 25 to September 6 to fit Matt Mullenweg‘s schedule. Believe it, he’s coming!)

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HTML5: <b> and <i> tags are going to be useful (read: semantic) again!

Update: For further reading, please refer to these pages: w3.org FAQ on Using b and i tags; HTML5 spec for the i element. One of the best examples of the shift towards designing with web standards is the use of semantic HTML tags, rather than purely presentational ones (since we have CSS for that). Tags like <b> and <i> have gotten a lot of flak for doing nothing but make […]

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Gravatar Now Powered By Automattic

An upgrade to the once funkily-working Gravatars was promptly released a few months after. I may have failed to write a follow-up post on it, but I did mention in the comments that the idea ought to be acquired by some big company like the big G. Gravatar wasn’t scooped up by Google (Jaiku was, though), but by Automattic, the guys behind WordPress. Like the way Google acquired Feedburner and […]

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