Giving the user a helping hand

You never really know who might be using your theme. It could be a hard-core coder who knows all of the ins and outs of creating a spectacularly looking post, or it could be someone who only knows how to use a word processor.

So with that in mind, one of the features I wanted to put into Giornalismo was the ability to use shortcodes so that the user can have cool looking parts of his/her post with minimal coding on their part.

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Continuing through the boring stuff

So thing have been chugging right along with work for the Giornalismo theme. The breaking news feature actually didn’t take that long to figure out. After figuring out how to get the current time from WordPress and then subtracting that from the time of the post to figure out how long it’s been published and comparing that to user input, display and styling the breaking news box was surprisingly easy, even for mobile devices.

Now comes the boring and monotonous part: adding mobile styles.

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Continuing the path toward finish Giornalismo

Another week gone by and another item checked off the list for the Giornalismo theme.

This week I finished off the advertisement feature for the theme, which actually went much easier than I thought it would. After creating the advertisement custom post type last week, I was able to add spots to add advertisements in the header as well as the widgets this week.

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Getting to the fun part of coding

So the long battle with JavaScript has finally ended after a few weeks.

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Road block for Nuovo

So Nuovo was almost home free. After getting initial approval by the first reviewer, the thought was that the second and final round would be quick and painless and that it would be put up on the WordPress Theme directory relatively soon.

Except that the second review brought up a few more issues that have to be fixed before it can be accepted into the theme directory.

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Taking things one item at a time

After a pretty successful week last week with Giormalismo, this week wasn’t quite as great, but then again I had a lot going on this week.

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Good news for both themes

So there’s a lot of good news with the two themes I have right now.

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Finally getting to see it all come together

If seeing is believing, then I more than believe that I struggle at building themes perfectly in the initial coding aspect.

Last week, I finally finished coding the biggest part of Giornalismo and decided to give it a bit of test run. Sure, not all of the features I’m looking to run with the theme have been added, but this would give me a bit of an idea of what was working so far and what wasn’t. And as usual, once I waded through all of the different PHP errors that I had, I found that I had a lot more work to do.

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And it goes on and on and on

So my suspicions with how easy it would be to fix the errors found in Nuovo in the theme review turned out to be correct. The biggest issue, the errors being kicked back when no options were saved in the theme options, wasn’t that hard of a problem to fix. For the text input, all that was needed was a simple if statement using the built-in function “isset” to display what’s in the option if there is something. For the check boxes and select menus, I had to write a small function, again using “isset”, to get those error messages to go away.

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Needing to fix Nuovo for theme directory

So there’s good news, pretty good news and bad news with the Nuovo theme.

First, the good news is is that it was finally reviewed for the WordPress Theme Directory after six weeks of waiting around. I’m not going to lie, I was a good bit nervous when I got an email saying someone was reviewing the theme. The last time this had happened, it came back an absolute dud.

But the pretty good news is that it came back fairly well. There were issues, as always, but it made it mostly past the process and wasn’t torn apart into shreds, which was my biggest fear going in.

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