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DiddleDani

wp-cron

Martin of our sister company has written a nice how-to for setting up WordPress cron jobs to run properly when using services similar to our own, which prevent loop-back access to the same machine. The way that WordPress usually runs, is that when a user clicks onto your site after the scheduled time for cron to be fired has gone past the engine opens a loop-back http request to itself. This is to prevent needlessly locking up the server leaving the user staring at a blank screen while ping-backs are fired before they see the page.

That thar welcome page

As a follow up to the bendy corners post the other day, I thought I should explain how I got my theme to display my welcome page on the main blog listing. Well, it’s actually quite simple, and requires the index.php of your theme to be modified with the following: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 <?php $welcome = get_page_by_title('Welcome'); ?><?php if ($welcome && $welcome != '') { ?

AJAX Blog

The observant amongst you may have noticed a new page appear in the navigation, or that the bar down the right hand side of each page within this site has disappeared. Well, the sidebar is still there, just hidden. To get at all the functionality of the sidebar, one just needs to click the little arrow to the right of every page under the sunset (or the vertical text underneath that) and the sidebar will be revealed by some technological wizardry written by myself with the aid of the fabulous script.

AJAXBlog

This is very old and very bad. Do not use it 😁👍🏻 Following up from my FramedBlog, I’ve now replaced my frames with an AJAX load system. This allows the sidebar and any header and footer to remain constant. This was initially due to my desire to have a music player written in flash to remain loaded and playing throughout pageloads. At first, I thought it would be better to use Frames, but have since been playing with asynchronous loading.

Framed blog update

I’ve just uploaded an update to my framedblog plugin for WordPress. You can find information about it on the framedblog page by clicking the link on the right-hand navigation column of this site. Of note, and the reason for the update, is that back and forward buttons and editing of the address bar in-situ. are all supported. This means that clicking the back button will, with a maximum of 1 second delay, navigate to the previous page viewed.

Flash music player

You should have noticed a flash-based music player in the top left of your browser window when viewing this site. I’ve been rather clever with this, in that it will remember where the music had got up to when pausing and resuming playback. Also of note, is that if you click the pause button a cookie will be saved that tells the player NOT to start playback on the next page reload.