Category Archives: WordPress

New Plugin – Templatedia

This past weekend, Viper007Bond released a beta version of a slick new plugin called Templatedia. There were some initial compatibility issues with PHP4, but over the course of a few days, I was able to provide some feedback to him and help get it straightened out. I honestly think it’s the greatest WordPress plugin I’ve laid hands on in the past year or two, maybe only second to Akismet.

I’m not sure it’s usage is really all that apparent, but I think if I provide an example, you’ll understand better. I have it installed and running on Crestview’s site to do the heavy lifting for posting sermon’s online. Before Templatedia, I used to copy and paste this snippet from post-to-post and then change dates, titles, scripture links, etc:

Scripture Reference: <a href="">1 John 3:1-6</a>
<ul class="sermonnotes">
<li class="pdf"><a href="">Sermon Notes for 03/11/2007</a></li>
<li class="doc"><a href="">Sermon Notes for 03/11/2007</a></li>
<a href="">Download the sermon.</a>

Going through that and editing the dates and filenames each time was a bit tedious, and as such, I haven’t uploaded a sermon in almost five months. Now with Templatedia, it’s much easier. First, I take the same post from above, but this time, create a new Template:

<ul class="sermonnotes">
<li class="pdf"><a href="{{datestamp}}.pdf">Sermon Notes for {{date}}</a></li>
<li class="doc"><a href="{{datestamp}}.doc">Sermon Notes for {{date}}</a></li>
<a href="{{datestamp}}">Download the sermon.</a>

Then, I just call that template from a new WP post and pass along the variables:

Scripture Reference: John 3:1-6

And Templatedia does all the rest. Well, all the rest except for linking the scripture. I found another nifty plugin called < href="">The Holy Scripturizer that parses the post content for any scripture references and link them automatically. Tres cool!

Anyhow, Templatedia has a ton of possibilities and is very flexible, so give it a try. I’m about to go see if I can’t commission Viper007Bond to do some other plugin work for me…

Call a spade a spade

I’ve been a minor contributor in a very heated debate going on on wp-hackers regarding what to call the functionality in WordPress that allows you to post links to other websites on your blog. To me, the answer is clear, but someone finally decided to take an informal poll to hush up the few who are in strong disagreement. So, if you’re a WordPress user, take two seconds and go vote.

15,000 and then some

In just eight months, Automattic’s Akismet plugin has pretty much eliminated my spam problem all together.

Akismet has caught 15,082 spam for you since you first installed it.

I first installed it near the end of October last year and it’s just been doing a fantastic job. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 4,881 since I last mentioned it back in February. If you do the math, that averages out to roughly 57 spam comments per day that I don’t have to worry about. Thanks again to Matt and the Automattic team.

Misc Tech Things

I upgraded the site to the WordPress SVN “trunk” today, which is currently labeled 2.1-alpha2. I see quite a few ‘minor’ things shuffled up, such as “Links” in the admin menu is now called “Blogroll” and the “Write” tab, which used to link to wp-admin/post.php now links to wp-admin/post-new.php – not sure why that had to be changed, but anyway.

I swapped out the demo/production Asterisk servers out at work today. The new Dell PowerEdge 830 “BorgCube” is now the Big Kahuna on the block and “Intrepid” will become my sandbox where I test new versions and upgrade paths. I have a few SIP phones (Grandstream Budgetone 101′s) that I need to configure and then send out to the branch offices that I’ve asked to help me test things out.


From #wordpress obviously…

D2DChat> Hey does anyone know if the latest version of wordpress is stable?
wantmoore> D2DChat: that would depend on what you mean by “latest version” and your definition of the word “stable”
davidhouse> our latest stable version is stable.
davidhouse> our latest SVN is not.
wantmoore> and the latest unstable version is unstable

These are the things I do for laughs. I must get a life… 3.0

It’s been almost a full year since I unveiled 2.0 and if you’re visiting through a browser and not a feed reader, than you’ll see that today marks v3. It’s quite the change! I don’t know how long I’ll leave this one around, but at least through March Madness seems appropriate.

I’ll be tweaking some things over the next little bit to my liking, but I couldn’t wait any longer to make the change. Here’s the kicker, I’ve actually got two WordPress plugins to release! They aren’t anything fancy, but I feel like I should at least package them up in case anyone cares.

Feel free to leave comments/suggestions.