I’ve installed a new plugin that ought to detect when a smartphone or other mobile device is viewing my blog and adjust the site layout to a format better suited to these screens. I realize that my regular layout isn’t that challenging for mobile browsers to begin with, but I thought that something like this, which was designed specifically with these kind of screens in mind, would still represent an improved experience for viewers. If you are visiting my blog and don’t notice the new layout, try clearing your cache from this webpage and it should automatically show up the next time you navigate to my blog. Here is an image of what it ought to look like (although I have noticed slight variations with different devices). Please let me know what you think and tell me if you prefer it or the regular layout. If any WordPress users are interested, this is from the WordPress Mobile Edition plugin.
I have confirmed that the bookmarklet put out by WordPress, “Press This” (you can save that link to place the bookmarklet in your bookmarks), does not work with the Android browser. I did succeed in getting installed in the bookmark folder, thanks to MyBookmarks, but it didn’t matter, because it doesn’t function when you select it. It seems to be a problem with Android recognizing what the bookmarklet is trying to do, because when you press the link on a web page in the browser, it does work exactly as it is supposed to, but it doesn’t retain that functionality when you try and activate it from the bookmark menu.
Which means that unfortunately, I won’t be doing any “Pressing” from the Android browser anytime soon. Of course, even Chrome doesn’t handle the link all that well, since you can’t right click on them and save them to your bookmarks, but are rather forced to physically drag them into your bookmark bar to save them. So, we can add bookmarklets to RSS feed detection (not to mention being able to display a feed) for our Android browser wishlist.
Just finished upgrading to WordPress 2.9, and I have to say, I am pleased with the new features, including an image editor, post restoration from accidental deletion, the ability to upgrade multiple plugins simultaneously, and simplified video embedding. WordPress has really done a good job with this latest edition, and I can’t wait to get started on checking out these new features.
A whole lot more besides this has been improved, so be sure to check out the changes and download and install WP 2.9 as soon as you can.
If there is one thing I would really like to see on android, it is better handling of bookmarklets. I would really like to be able to use the WordPress “Press This” feature, especially since I read more news on it than I do on my computer. I haven’t given up yet on figuring it out, but clearly it could be easier and would make the android experience richer.
I’ve finally decided to go ahead and start posting the photos Hyang took from her and the childrens Summer vacation in Korea. There’s over a thousand of them, though, so I’ll pick and choose. My plan is to post 24 new photos from the trip once a week, probably on the weekend. This works out really well since I just installed a new Flickr widget plugin that allows me to display 24 photos at any one time. Scroll down to the bottom of my blog to see it in action.
Actually, I really should recommend this plugin, Fidgetr, for anyone who has a Flicker account, as it is by far the best Flickr plugin I’ve seen. All you have to do is click on the thumbnail and it automatically opens up a viewing window that you can then scroll through the other 23 photos on display in the widget. There’s no need to even be transferred to the Flickr website. Very awesome. Just download it from the WordPress repository or use the built in plugin installer to do it right from your blog.
WordPress 2.8 brings a more incremental approach to WordPress than did 2.7, which made some rather radical overhauls of the user interface. Which isn’t to say that the changes aren’t welcomed. Among the changes are a further integration in outlier functions with the rest of the 2.7 interface theme, improvements in code to make functions faster, and the introduction of a theme installer that allows you to peruse, preview, and install new themes all from within the blogs interface. Another improvement is with widget management, which now allows you to manage and modify as many sections as you have on a single page (previously, one could only manipulate one section at a time). In addition to this, you can now use multiple instances of the same widget.
There are other features, which you can discover here, but these are the ones that caught my attention and made me glad I switched. One word of warning, the plugin page is, in my opinion, less functional than the previous one. The old plugin page allowed one to observe and manipulate all plugins at the same time, while clearly distinguishing between them with sub sections on the page. You can still do this, but the distinction between active and deactivated plugins is much less apparent. I hope that this change will be reverted back to the old layout, as it was much clearer. One other word of warning, I found that the automatic upgrade function for 2.7 wasn’t able to handle upgrading my blog to 2.8. I would suggest trying the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin as it seems to be more robust while still providing greater functionality and control than the built in upgrade function.
Well, I decided to make some use of my sad little Twitter account, and so I linked it up with my Facebook status updates and downloaded Gwibber, a micro-blogging client for Gnome desktop. Now I just have to look for a plugin to link it all up with my blog. Here is a picture of Gwibber for any interested in using it: