WordPress Archive - Matt Brett

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WordPress Post Thumbnails Revisited

Shortly after the release of WordPress 2.9, I published my technique for bulletproof post thumbnails. Since then, it's evolved yet simplified into a more robust solution, specifically for use in WordPress themes. The problem, was that each image uploaded was generating a new set of images in various sizes, on top of the three that WordPress creates by default. This resulted in 6 or 7 images, instead of just a handful. While this isn't really a huge deal, it means you're going to be using more space on your server, and the uploads directory will get a bit unruly.

FAQ: “How do you build your WordPress themes?”

This is probably the single most frequently asked question that arrives in my inbox, or elsewhere. And for good reason, I suppose. Seeing how I've been building sites on top of WordPress exclusively for about 3 years now. There are many different routes you can take when building a theme, and I've pretty much streamlined my method over the past couple years. Granted, there are always exceptions and I've found that I can't work from a base template. Instead, I build "themes" from the ground-up, but with a little help. Here's how...

This Post is Not About Crackdown

It's about how WordPress just fucked me out of a post. I guess the auto-save feature isn't all it's cracked up to be. I had just finished writing a post about Crackdown and my additiction to agility orbs and clicked the "Save and Continue Editing" button so I could preview my post before publishing. Instead of refreshing the post as it normally does, it took me to a page that asked if I'm sure I want to edit the post - to which I said "yes" while a little confused.

December 2006 Catch All

Things have been so hectic lately, and yet I feel like I'm hardly moving in any direction at all. I've definitely been feeling like I'm living to work, as apposed to the opposite which I much prefer. It truly is a hard cycle to break - one that I've not even begun to figure out. It's one of those "you know what needs to be done but can't seem to bring yourself to do it" situations. And all the while I've been telling myself that I'm almost there. Just about in the clear when I can have my evenings and weekends back.