Jennifer Zelazny

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Linkfest Thursday: September 10, 2009

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This week – I feel like I really found some gems. My Personal Golf Trainer Coming to Nintendo Wii Finally – real help (in my living room) in the off season! Three Potato FourAmazing stuff – I will take one of each Twitter Icon SetsLook no further for some amazing icons After the Deadline WP plugin to check spelling, style, and grammar. Using Lucidity Catalog with Topspin An article I wrote about the Lucidity Catalog theme. Read more

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WordPress Wednesdays: Custom Taxonomies

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I recently worked on a project where we needed something sort of like tagging, and sort of like categorizing – but neither really worked as there would be way too many exclude this and only show that stuff involved. I needed a way to classify certain content, have easy access to it, and display it in a manner that be effective and quick. After exhausting all ideas – someone pointed me towards using “Custom Taxonomies” and it was a perfect fit. What is a taxonomy? Simple – a way to group things. Why not use categories and or tags? An... Read More » Read more

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CSS Tuesday: Images as List Bullets

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There are plenty of ways to spruce up the boring bullets used in HTML lists. The best way and most browser compatible way I have found to do this is using the following code: You can see that here: Example of fancy bullet Another bullet point Vs. The plain list: Example of fancy bullet Another bullet point Something like this may seem simple, but it is often overlooked and can really dress up a site. Read more

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WordPress Wednesdays: Get the Current Page

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I was writing some functions that are used in the admin for my commercial WordPress theme: Lucidity and stumbled upon a great variable in WordPress: $pagenow. This variable will return the current page you are on and is great form admin functions – especially those that you want to only make available on certain pages. To use this – just add it to your functions as a global variable, then you can use it to load in specific js/functions: This proved to be very helpful when dealing with some finicky JS. Read more

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WordPress Wednesdays: Jappler Category/Tag Feeds

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Perhaps you come to this site because you personally know me or like some of the WordPress hints I like, or like my CSS posts, or just like my personal rants (which seem to happen less…hmm I need to get on that!). If you are only interested in some of my posts but not others, you can easily subscribe to just certain “subjects” very easily. For example, lately I have been posting on a certain subject each day. (WordPress Wednesdays, etc). If you are only interested in reading those posts, subscribe to this RSS feed: https://www.jappler.com/blog/archive/tag/wordpress-wednesdays/feed. Perhaps you only want... Read More » Read more

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CSS Tuesdays: Keeping it Simple

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I just released my fist two commercial WordPress themes: Lucidity and Lucidity Catalog with a focus on simplicity. After creating over one hundred custom WordPress themes – I decided to take my most requested features, coupled with a slick admin interface, and some really simple XHTML and CSS and put it together to create a really easy to use and customize theme. If you looking for something really easy and clean – take a look at the CSS used. You can see that a little goes a long way! Just remember – keep it simple. When you overcomplicate – you... Read More » Read more

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CSS Tuesdays: Fun With User Agents

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If you are going to do any serious CSS development and/or troubleshooting – you need to be able to see the site on as many browsers as possible. Generally – we have several browsers on several operating systems going at once so we can make sure our bases are covered. Last week I built a mobile theme for a client and after a few refreshes on my iPhone – I decided I needed something easier and more developer friendly (I needed to view source). I use the “Develop” menu in Safari (Preference > Show Develop menu in menu bar) –... Read More » Read more

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WordPress Wednesdays: It is All About the Query

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My last ten or so projects I have been working on all have a common theme: maximize WordPress’s ability to be a powerful CMS. Clients more and more are coming to me with the need to create a custom fields which they can store/query data throughout their site. WordPress is completely customizable and because of this – it is easy to add custom fields to any post or page and then use the data put in them throughout the page. Example: You have all your clients listed on your web site – and have created profile pages for them. Not... Read More » Read more

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WordPress Wednesdays: Take Control of Missed Spam

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Even with Akismet, and http:BL installed to stop spam – I still get the occasional spam comment. Until a few days ago, I simply got frustrated, went into the WordPress admin and then marked them as spam. Then after thinking about this more, I remembered you could actually enter in your own text pattern that WordPress would use to mark comments as spam or block the comment completely. All the spam that was coming through – all had the same text in it (a series of question marks) so I added that into the “Comment BModeration” box to make sure... Read More » Read more

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CSS Tuesdays: Cool Breadcrumbs

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There are plenty of times when you need to have a clear navigation path back to home or to a main section on a particular page, and most web developers use “breadcrumbs” to do this. Over the years, I have implemented breadcrumbs a number of ways, but I really like what I saw on Verlee’s blog. If you are looking to add some style to your breadcrumbs and want to take it to the next step – check out how she used some CSS and clean XHTML to accomplish something like this: Read more