WordPress 4.2 is out. This release brings a whole lot of new features, bug fixes and improvements. One that I’m most excited about (and thus testing right now) is the updated Press This bookmarklet for faster sharing, which now also works on the mobile (I have yet to try it though).
Just a quick update on something that I wanted to do for quite a while now – I’ve joined the display of tags and categories. They are still separated in the back-end for me to manage the posts easier. I just figured out that for site visitors there’s no practical difference, and thus using two user interface elements where one can do the job is not ideal. The code snippet that helped me do that was borrowed (and slightly modified) from this Codex page. The only two change that I did were:
- Skip the General category (or All, as it’s labeled in this case), since all posts belong to it anyway.
- Skip post format taxonomy (as those are already encoded with post styling – colors and titles).
I’ve also thrown a copyright into the footer and a small welcome box to the sidebar, but those are just cosmetics.
WP Instagram Digest out. DsgnWrks Instagram Importer in. The old plugin was working more or less fine, but it lacked a bit in customization and in support of the somewhat newer WordPress features. After stumbling upon this blog post, I decided it was time to try something new.
Some of the reasons for the replacement:
- Import each individual Instagram photo separately, rather than a gallery. Galleries are complicated, and often doesn’t look too good, especially with narrow WordPress themes, like the one I’m using now.
- Customize title and content of the post. The new plugin supports Instagram filters (which I won’t use) and locations (which I will).
- Hashtag handling – the new plugin can strip off hashtags from post titles and content, and, instead use them as tags and or categories.
- Support for post types – having them now as Image post type makes more sense (I’ve also converted all the previous posts too).
WordPress 4.1 “Dinah” is out and available for download (this blog has just been updated). This release features a new default theme – twentyfifteen, Vine embeds, plugin recommendations, and complex queries for metadata, date, and terms – this one is for developers mostly.
phpdotenv – Loads environment variables from .env file to getenv(), $_ENV and $_SERVER automagically
Documattic – WordPress presentations and resources shared by WordPress.com VIP
PageLines DMS 2 is a drag-n-drop design system with support for all the coolest bells and whistles – responsive design, multiple layouts, support e-commerce, embedded videos, paralax effects, plenty of built-in icons, shortcodes and more!
Just wanted to let you all know that I’ve made a couple of changes recently, which should result in a somewhat faster performance of this site.
Firstly, before the last weekend, I’ve moved all my DNS hosting to Amazon Route 53 service. This should result in faster DNS queries all around the globe and minimize the potential downtimes.
Secondly, I’ve installed and configured the JS & CSS Optimizer WordPress plugin, which now results in much fewer HTTP requests needed to load the page, as well as fewer bytes to be transferred around. I’m still tweaking the settings for this one to see how much I can squeeze out of it, but I already see an improvement.
As always, if you see any issues, please let me know.