I recently upgraded my hosting provide (more on that later) and also made some modifications to my blog including a caching plugin, WP Super Cache, as well as a CSS minifier, WP Minify, in order to speed up website loading.
The code can be found here: Labnol.org: A More Efficient Embedding Method for YouTube Videos
I just upgraded to WordPress 2.5 using WordPress Automatic Upgrade. It worked perfectly. I had been using Fantastico in the past, but this plugin works much better. Externally, you won’t see any change. The major changes were under the hood. Watch a short video showing some of the features.
I am now trying K2, the successor to Kubrick. It is still in beta but works quite well. I can’t wait until AJAX commenting is natively implemented in the theme.
I’ve updated the header. It was created in Gimp. (The image used the Old Photo Decor script; the text used the Basic II Alpha to Logo script).
Update: Changed header again to match my Smugmug site.
This is an example of a “mini” post, a new feature of the Blix theme.
Many thanks to Sebastian Schmieg for developing the Blix WordPress theme.
It looks great. Clean and simple but also asthetically pleasing.
Like the new titles? It is the result of a sweet plugin made over at Coldforged. I’m having some problems with the anti-aliased soft shadows, but that seems to be more of a problem with my hosting than the plugin. Integration with WordPress 1.5 is outstanding. Should I want to switch fonts I would just upload the new font, select it in the headline admin menu, and, voila, the titles are now displayed with the new font.
The owner of Coldforged actually helped me set it up and was very nice. The support that he provided was top-notch.
This is the page with the comments for the Image Headline Plugin
Download and Setup Instructions
Even though the new WordPress 1.5 has excellent builtin spam protection I was starting to see some some spam getting past. The problem was that the current spam moderation relies on keywords in the comment body and some recent spammers were getting through by putting random text in the body but then putting their name has the url to their site (mostly poker sites).
So, I’ve installed Spam Karma to stop the spam. The setup was extremely easy and I’m hopeful that any spam will be stopped.
Back to biomolecular chemistry studying. 😉
I’ve successfully switched over from Blogger (which I still use for my photo blog through flickr) to WordPress. I initially had some trouble getting the permalinks to work right but I think it’s all good now. As soon as I get some more time I’ll update the template to something a bit more flashy. But now, back to bacteriology studying.