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Been quite a while since I found some time to post here .. has been an absolutely hectic month or so now unfortunately 😦

As more time passes by, I am digging myself deeper into the what the heck am I doing and where the hell am I heading towards mode … the problem is I can’t find the time or force myself to focus on the bigger picture and chart out some kind of plan to tackle life, if you will .. oh well I will rant about it somewhere else not on this blog!!

I finished an extremely simple plugin yesterday, my first “real” plugin that is actually being used … so kudos to me .. 😀

I also got my a larger WordPress project, quite elaborate so that will take sometime to finish .. but I am moving along quite nicely … I have to build quite a few plugins to accommadate all the features required by the client, and one of them is already done .. ta-ta-da .. 🙂

The plugin is pretty nice actually, its a content grabber plugin which basically allows you to setup a bunch of websites and email addresses that you want, and it will grab content from them periodically or as a one-off action … and its working pretty nicely .. have two more plugins to finish and then the first phase of the project will be out of the way.

Also did some work recently in customizing a bunch of things, very minor though, for a client. You can find the blog here: Jim Bernard !

I still have to finish up work on my blog over at NameError, but I can find no time to fit that in somehow .. I really have to force myself to wrap things up there, I am getting quite frustrated about leaving it hanging .. 😦

Stay tuned for WordPress stuff soon, its gonna be break time soon in terms of school, so hoping to find a lot of time to finish up the Image Gallery plugin etc


As of now, I am officially the Top WordPress Programmer on Scriptlance … woohoo .. 🙂

I just found this out, they made a change to their review system and now rank programmers according to various factors, and I was looking to see where I was ranked in, and lo and behold, I am at the top for the WordPress category … yay!!!!

Go here to see me rule the WordPress rankings: Top WordPress Programmers

And take a look here for my overall ranks and profile on Scriptlance : Skulled

I could do a lot better under PHP, Javascript and the overall rank I guess .. but oh well .. pretty good ranks in XHTML & CSS as well .. so kinda feel good about the whole thing .. 😀

So if you want WordPress work done, you know who to come to … 😀

I have been trying to get some work done on the Image Gallery plugin, and was browsing through the WordPress Codex reading through the Plugin Developer docs, and I found a few interesting things I must say.

On the pages for creating Administration pages and menu items, there are strong recommendations on not creating new top level menu items/pages, which seems rather silly to me on the account of the reason provided.

WordPress users like that their admin consoles are clean of clutter

This is requesting developers to refrain from creating top level menu items, but I don’t really see the point of justifying it on the basis of keeping the admin clear of clutter. Some plugins add multiple pages all over the admin under the various top level menus which means one has to navigate from one section to another, and if the user has deployed quite a few plugins, they will be listed as options under top level menu items anyway, which again is clutter in one manner of speaking.

Wouldn’t it be rather cleaner to add all plugin admin pages under one top level menu item for that plugin, which also facilitates easier navigation in terms of adminstering plugin options etc for that specific plugin?

True not every plugin should do this, but if you are going to have more than 2 pages under the admin with relation to the plugin and its functionality, it would be best to have these as pages under a top level menu for that plugin. Again the downside might be that there might be too many top level menu items if the user has too many plugins, which just means the entire concept is flawed rather than a recommendation to refrain from using/creating top level menu items.

Now what might perhaps be a really good idea would be to provide a drop down select on the right side of the top level menu bar, which would automatically show Plugin top level links. This is beneficial in a lot of ways actually if you think about it.

The issue of WordPress admin getting cluttered would be solved immediately, and plugin authors won’t have to face with such restraints which practically have no solid grounds to be followed anyway in my view. And it shouldn’t even need that much modification to the core WordPress code.

Perhaps instead of the add_menu_page function being used, it could be modified to something like add_plugin_link which would only list the Plugin page in the drop down select, and other than that plugin authors would be doing no extra work really.

Click on the Plugin you want to work with in the select drop down, a JS page load can take you to the main Plugin administration page, and your normal add_submenu_page page links will be displayed in the submenu bar as usual .. and bingo everyone is happy .. 🙂

I really wonder how hard that would be to implement, or more specifically to integrate as part of the WordPress core … I should look into it and try testing it out with a dummy WordPress install sometime soon .. 😉

Another theme added to my collection of works .. yay!! .. 🙂

The theme is really good considering its totally different from all the other themes that I have worked on or created .. Almost all of my themes so far have been two column, with the exception of the Restaurant Recipes Blog which was three column .. but this new theme, three column in a twisted manner of speaking you can say.

Absolute positioning, fixed width, fluid height … and the result is surprisingly excellent by my own standards. When I started off on it, I wasn’t entirely confident about the whole thing, but the end result is superb I must say …

I am working on another WordPress theme/system, which I will rant about in a different post, well frankly because I was aghast with the circumstances when I was working on it … its a total shame about how I felt, but anyways more about it later ..

Coming back to this one, the website is something along the social networking lines but for a specific community, and the blog theme looks ravishing, both from my view point and the clients … 🙂

I had quite a few problems with making the fluid height thing work for the container in the back, but some tweaks with the z-index and tricky positioning values seems to have worked out pretty fine … I work exclusively on Firefox, and it looks excellent on it, and to maintain a decent level of cross-browser compatibility I use Firefox plugins to view IE Output inside Firefox, and it looks great there too …

If someone who uses other browsers sees this post, and cares to take a couple of minutes to check out the blog and the theme, and let me know about how it renders on your browser, I would greatly appreciate that .. 🙂

Take a look at the blog and the theme here: Yumcha Blog

Feedback and comments are most welcome .. actually look forward to hearing about it .. 😉

Will rant about the other project in a while .. maybe today or perhaps tomorrow depending on when I complete the entire system and install it on the destination server … Oh boy, its going to be a fun night for me I guess .. 😦

I just simply love … I have had this main blog for about 10 months more or less .. and I love it ..

So here’s what I did, why I did it comes later in the post, I went ahead and created two other blogs that I want to write in .. 🙂

Why I did it: because I just don’t feel right writing about all things that I want to write about in the same blog, I have this compulsion thing wanting to organize my things separately where they belong ..

So I created two other blogs, one to write about Life in general (nothing fancy or cheerful I am afraid ;)) and another one to write about my quest for academic success and therefore being a geek with my studies 😀

Check out the other two blogs from the Network section in the sidebar, one is called “All About Life” and the other one is “Me Geek” .. appropriate names don’t you think .. another one of my compulsions, naming convention .. 🙂

I am on the track for another WordPress theme project this week .. yay!!! .. post later about it ..

It’s been a very long time indeed since I last posted, to be accurate 4 months since my last post, that’s been the longest hibernation I have had with respect to this blog.

Most of the absence has been due to the trip I made to India. It was a good trip and a bad trip, just don’t know how to really feel about the trip anymore. It did make me a nervous wreck for over three weeks though in the end, which was an absolute disaster in entirety of the word.

I only got to come back to Stockholm last week, still trying to fix up my life here, oh dear lord, it just never ends you know .. somehow or the other there is always something that needs tending to .. bleech .. already so tired of life, and I am like just 23 now ..

The new slogan for this Generation should be something like: “25 is the new 50!!!!!” .. 😀

Work has suffered the most I think because of my trip and the other issues I had to battle, I kind of have no work at this moment, well technically I haven’t really had any work for the past three weeks or so .. 😦

I did get this one job for a WordPress theme though, so that was pretty nice. It turned out quite well too, the client was very pleased with the end result I would say. Here’s the link to the site: Bob Michaelian

So what do you think? Nice, neat and elegant, I feel .. 😉 … and if you want to be nice to me, agree with me and shower a few compliments my way .. 😀

If you are looking for someone to do WordPress related work, leave a comment and your email address where I can contact you, and I will get back to you asap .. 🙂

I just finished porting another website design to a WordPress Theme. Looks quite nice, kudos to me .. 😀

I get so many of these Theme porting jobs, that I have been so quick with it nowadays. Barely takes me a day to finish up. I still think that I need to improve a bit though, mainly in the way that I use XHTML tags and containers.

I have never really been bent on using the standard WordPress "default" theme as the base. I for some reason prefer to use the theme I created for my other blog as the barebones skeleton and build on top it. I guess that is mainly because of the fact that I know my own code better 🙂

The guy has asked me to clean up his main website HTML as well after seeing the results of his new blog. Wonder how horrible it is going to be, the HTML looks pretty bad to me, I am not too fond of using tables to build the entire page, and then going deeper and deeper nesting tables everywhere, and the current HTML as it stands is just exactly this 😦

Take a look if you want, the site is live here Restaurant Recipes Blog , pretty good job eh ..

I seem to have mucked up with my own WordPress theme on my other blog, I seem to have forgotten to add the links/code for next/previous pages once the blog starts paging, I need to go get that done .. probably won't get done today, I have some other work that needs completing today ..

I wonder if its time for a theme change on this blog, I have to go see if there are some new offerings, haven't checked in some time ..

Update: I switched themes now .. 😀 .. Sapphire it is now, A professional two column theme with an "apple" feel from what it states on the Theme description ..

I like the theme quite a lot I think, One thing I don't like is the color of the visited links, could use a change with that .. but overall looks pretty neat ..

A new wedding based theme in the works again, following up on the first theme I ported for WeddingPlanSecrets, hoping to finish it up by tomorrow .. it should have been done by now, but the weekend was complete chaos, so things got messed up ..

This time though, I am creating the theme from scrath, except for the header image which was provided, so I can pretty much call it a completely new theme 🙂 created by me .. yay !! ..

Have been meaning to post about something here for so long now, but still haven't found the time to do it, hopefully by tomorrow things should settle down a bit, and I can concentrate on some other stuff .. I need to wrap up a couple of things by tomorrow, lets see how that goes ..

More soon ..

I have seen a lot of programs, scripts etc that seem to offer you the possibility of creating upto a 1000 blogs in under a minute and what not to create massive blog domains for ad serving and revenue purposes.

Recently though I actually had the oportunity to look at one of these scripts, and all I can say is, what a piss poor job they did of creating a system like that. Database usage is inefficient by all standards. Core hack of the WordPress install files, option settings etc.

This brought out the idea, if you were really interested in creating a hundred blogs and filling them up with content from plug-ins or other feed based content pullers etc, wouldn’t it be a lot better option for you to download WordPress MU, and write a single file which will create as many users/blogs as you want.

I haven’t had the chance to look at how WordPress MU uses the database, but I am guessing in a far better way than those massive multiple blogging scripts. And obviously publishing content periodically would be a lot easier too I am guessing across all the blogs that you wish to have.

It’s quite possible that I am missing something and thus make my idea not feasible, but I definitely want to take a look at WordPress MU, just to play around with it and see what it does and how it does what it does .. 😀

I got a domain and hosting in December, but never got around to actually put the site live with anything meaningful .. I have been wanting to finish off everything with the theme and some other customizations that I wanted to do before actually starting to use it ..

But I figured that I didn't want to wait forever for that to happen .. 😀 .. yeah, sometimes I can go wayward with my stuff ..

So here's what I did, I upgraded to latest version of WordPress, and put everything live, the theme is working fine, its just "not complete" according to what I have in mind for it, but oh well, no biggie ..

So now I have two cool (this obviously remains to be seen 😦 ) blogs, but I am going to refrain talking about WordPress on the other blog as much as possible, and leave other stuff to it, while I use this one for all WordPress related stuff .. thats the plan anyway, don't hold your breathe on it .. 😀

Take a look, and if someone actually does, I would appreciate any feedback .. you can find it here NameError .. 🙂