In Defense of WordPress 2.5’s New Widget Manager

ScreenshotIf you’ve been keeping up with WordPress 2.5, you probably know the intuitive drag-and-drop sidebar assembly of WordPress 2.2/2.3 has been replaced with a more cluttered method of widget administration, involving a dropdown to select the sidebar you want to work with (see screenshot).

At first glance this seems like a step backwards, but I came across a post called “In defense of the WordPress 2.5 widget panel” that makes a very good point:

Cool New Photoblogging Theme: “Monotone”

If you’re into photoblogging, check this out:

When you have the Monotone theme set up on your blog, it will take the first photo attached to each post and place that image prominently at the top, with the post text and comments below.

Simple enough. But what’s unique about this theme is that for each post page, Monotone changes the colors on the page to match the colors in the photo! A very cool method for creating an eye-pleasing visual atmosphere for your photoblog.

Check out the Monotone demo to see it for yourself.

The theme isn’t yet available for download, but should be in a few days.

WordPress vs. WordPress MU: A Comparison

July 2010 Update: WordPress MU has been incorporated into WordPress 3.0 and later, so some of these differences are no longer relevant.

Although WordPress and WordPress MU share somewhere around 95% of the same code, there are many more differences between the two than just multi-blog support. Here’s a thorough analysis:

Make WordPress and Firefox Adblock Play Nice

This potential problem is applicable to those using the following, which is probably quite a few people:

As part of its functionality, Adblock inserts a Block tab next to Flash objects, etc. to make blocking that object as easy as a couple clicks.

The problem is, Adblock will insert the HTML code for this tab into the visual editor for a WordPress post that includes Flash.

And who wants code like this in their posts?

How to Include Code in WordPress Posts

If you’ve ever tried to insert code into a WordPress post, one of the following has probably happened to you:

  • Your HTML code was rendered as such.
  • WordPress stripped the code from the post entirely.
  • WordPress turned "straight quotes" into “curly quotes” — not good if you want your users copying/pasting code from your blog!

Here’s how to get around these annoying problem and make the code show as-is: