As I am creating my new theme—now at a rough estimate of 75% completion after five [half] days of work—I think it would be better to delay the release of AjaLapus.com 4.0 as well.
You’ve probably read that Matt Mullenweg announced a delay to the WP 2.2 release, which was previously due in 4 days, on your Dashboard already, but it still is worth blogging. As I am creating my new theme—now at a rough estimate of 75% completion after five [half] days of work—I think it would be better to delay the release of AjaLapus.com 4.0 as well.
New features from WP 2.2, including core Widgets support,
integrated tagging system and Atom 1.0 standard syndication feeds, would most probably make me revise my theme a lot more since I am planning to use them anyway. And since I still haven’t tried using nightlies, nor do I have time and patience to install AMP again on either my Linux or Windows installations to test and develop on a nightly, it’d probably be best if I would wait the couple of weeks out for the new WordPress to be released.
So far, I have the following completion percentages for the templates of the upcoming theme before I delay working on it:
- Header, Footer, and Single post templates and styles at 100%
- Homepage, Quasi-static Pages, and Sidebar templates and styles at about 90%
- Archives [including Tag, Date, Category and Search pages], 404 page, and Page-specific templates at 0%
And, btw, I’ve already consulted Shari and Lexie about the theme and they seem to like it so far. That was a relief since Shari immediately turned down the first one I’ve made. Well, not that it all depends on them—I really just like positive feedback.
For those who were browsing yesterday late at night and have been  Forbidden from viewing any page, that was most probably be me doing some tests. Ugh. I really need a local LAMP/WAMP installation.
And, about the issue of ad serving using Google AdSense, I decided to stick to HTML-compatible XHTML Strict since I’ve encountered a FAQ from Google stating that AdSense code within an
<iframe> would lead to PSAs or less targeted ads [probably the same case an
<object> tag would produce] even though that method was approved by Google.
So, there you have it—just lame updates. I’m getting busy at school since I’m taking up my Math 321 this summer vacation. I still do hope I’d have more fun before the
- ^ As Dougal Campbell pointed out, it was pushed to 2.3 milestone—I wasn’t reading the wp-hackers list as well.
- ^ If you can’t remember, it’s because of this little problem.
How does a Web event, an impending increase in domain name prices, browser incompatibilities, and advertising limitations result to me having to think of making a new WordPress theme for my site?
Ok. Now I’ve had my six days of fame. Better get back to the regular blogging programming and routine. 😛 But, let me ask you first: How does a Web event, an impending increase in domain name prices, browser incompatibilities, and advertising limitations result to me having to think of making a new WordPress theme for my site?
During the time before the 2nd CSS Naked Day, I decided to make a plugin for WordPress that would strip every piece of stylesheet information from a Web page. It was somehow successful given that I was only receiving 50–100 unique visitors a day prior to the creation of that plugin, which in turn made my statistics plugin jump to receiving 200–300 unique visitors a day. In addition to the plugin, Dustin‘s pun resulted to a lot more SERP referrals. More visitors equal higher rankings; my Alexa rank turned from above 3 Million to just above 700 thousand in 10 days.
Since Text Link Ads consider Alexa as one basis for accepting ad publishers, I thought it would be better for me. And with the impending increase in
.com domain name prices, I’m starting to think I really need the money. But, still, I haven’t had ad placements since I’ve reinstalled TLA on my theme, so I think it would be better to go back to [or at least serve it at the same time with] Google AdSense which I have used even before TLA. I was just frustrated that AdSense won’t serve XML-compatible scripts or at least a
<noscript> fallback for those who don’t want to or cannot display scripts of
Since it’s equally hard to modify a theme to contain ad spaces than to make one from scratch, I thought it was better to move to a Version 4 for the site. And because WordPress have deprecated some functions since 2.1, and WordPress 2.2 is just around the corner, I think I’m better off making a new one.
I then thought of the need to create a theme served only with
Content-Type: text/html, since Windows Internet Explorer 7 also has no intention of accepting true XHTML. But, I’m having doubts of doing so since I’ve been a fan of XML rules imposed on HTML since the time I’ve learned them. I’ve also read articles on how to use AdSense with true XHTML pages. So, I would most probably stick to my current content negotiation scheme.
I’ve actually started making a template with a Web 2.0-ish theme a week ago based on some tutorials I found on the Web. Although, upon showing it to Shari, she told me it was a bit too bright. So, I guess it would have to be redesigned since I don’t want my handful of regular readers straining their eyes, and to be looking at [or rather getting distracted by] the design more than they do at the content of my articles.
So, I guess you just have to wait for the next version of this site. I am finally going to a pool to swim tomorrow, so don’t expect it to be that soon. *excited* 😛
- ^ April 1–6 recorded ~2500 hits from human visitors only—more than half of what each previous month’s worth of page views even without Bad Behavior blocking robots.
- ^ Maybe because of the irrelevant keywords? IDK. I just hope not.
- ^ Must be well-formed, lowercase, etc. Therefore, cleaner and more readable.
- ^ One from Keystone Websites, and another from CSSplay thanks to Sir Regnard.
What are these companies thinking? An entry about Google’s acquisition of YouTube.
I first saw it with Adobe Systems‘ acquisition of Macromedia last yearâ€”i.e., buying Adobe SVG‘s competitor, Macromedia Flash, for one. Now the news is with Google Inc.
I’ve just read in a press release from the YouTube Web site that the search giant would be buying them for $1.65 Billion in stock. But isn’t that Google Video‘s competitor? I really do not understand these companies making such actions, but still, with the proper explanation in the said press release, I think the merge could be beneficial to the users of the more popular YouTube.
YouTube fans need not worry about this as they said that the YouTube team would still operate independently to preserve its brand and community.
The complete press release is posted in the following Web pages:
Note: Both pages contain the same content/press release.
Now if only I could solve my connection problem with Google Web sites. [Yes, this is a different matterâ€”completely unrelated to the news.] I could surf most sites but not Google and its sub-sites [Calendar, GMail] from time to time. I’ve checked my router and modem already, I just hope this is an ISP matter that is going to be fixed very soon as I don’t have time for fixing right now. Hmmm â€¦ I think I better study for the finals now. 😛