Archive for the “Issues”

Slow Contact Form

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 26th, 2006

It can take up 15 seconds to submit the contact form. This is a bit slow. There are no reported errors though and the only thing I can think of it the sheer amount of processing power it takes to send. In the script there are roughly forty functions, variables, and conditions which need to pass before the mail function sends the visitor’s message. Most of this is for form security.

Status: This issue has been closed. There is no problem. It was nothing more than a server running sluggishly for a day.

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The Star Hack for IE

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 23rd, 2006

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As you’ll discover as you read the content on this site, the Internet Explorer, IE, browser, version 6.2 — and its older brothers and sisters — have created challenges for me in the creation of this theme. Bugs, rendering difficulties, annoying differences. This is a common malady for developers the world over. Ask any of them and they’ll all tell you what a pain IE and its non-standard operation is for them. The fix de jour is to use a conditional comment to request another style sheet for the aforementioned browser versions. And this truly is the preferred method. I didn’t do it, though.

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Dealing with Spam

Posted by: Mike Cherim on May 22nd, 2006

There are plug-ins and services available to help stop comment spammers and spam bots, and you can add scripting to help solve the problem. WordPress, however, is remarkably well-equipped to deal with spam on its own. All you need are the right settings, and a good list of Spam words to start. Plus it’s a good idea to know your readers and whether or not they will post replies. If not, the solution may be as simple as not allowing comments.

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This file, USERS_FUNCTION, is yours for adding such blog add-ons as flickr, Skype, and other non-WP goodies. Do try to keep items added to this section at around 120 pixels or less in width to prevent the sidebar from slipping in IE on 800x600 resolution monitors. Need to add CSS styles for items in this box? Easy, use the USERS_CSS file to do so. Then validate!

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This file, USERS_FARBAR, is yours for whatever you wish. Text in simple paragraphs, <p></p> lists, whatever. This is a liquid-width column. That said, you should to keep whatever — fixed-width item — below 120 pixels wide. Again, that concerns fixed-width items, self-forming, liquid items like text in paragraphs will adjust its own width. If you must place a slighter wider item, you can use the USERS_FUNCTION or USERS_SIDEBAR file to do so, but do note that that too should remain thin at only 162 pixels as it is a fixed-width column.

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You can also add headings in these user files. As many as you like. On and on she goes, where she stops. nobody knows! Do remember, though, in these file you have to use proper XHTML. Of course, this content can serve as example to you. Need even more help? Well, professional help is available.

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