WordPress Top Tip: Use your Press This bookmarklet

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The “Press This” function allows quick posting and publishing through the use of a special web browser favourite. You can create a shortcut to allow use of “Press This” from the new post screen. You then activate the function when browsing by selecting the favourite from your web browser favourites list.

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One of my reasons why I like to share on Facebook using their bookmarklet is the ability to post a short abstract and an image thumbnail. I’ve known of the WordPress Press This for a while now but mostly been using it to save drafts for future posting.

Recently I discovered the joys of using it. If you highlight a section of text before hitting the bookmarklet, it’d automatically copy it to the post section with a nice via link like above. This trumps the Facebook’s bookmarklet as it allows you to choose the abstract and not just post the first few lines of the page, which usually happens to be a bunch of header links that do not contribute to the content.

What amazes me most is the Press This bookmarklet’s ability to upload images automatically. One of the things I try to avoid is to hotlink images from other sites and have to go through the tedious pains of manually uploading and linking. The WordPress bookmarklet provides a list of images on the original site when you click on the tiny Insert an Image icon at the top. When you select the image to be added to your post, it’s automatically uploaded to your site so it won’t be broken if the original site removes it.

A bunch of people must have probably already discovered this usage but I’m simply amazed at my new findings about the bookmarklet and have to share it! Hopefully someone else would find this useful.

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NextGEN Gallery: Linking single images

One of the things some users want to do with NextGEN gallery is to link their single images to a custom URL instead of popping up the viewer. I’ve adapted the method shared by andreask on the WordPress Support Forums.

I’ve also edited the code for NextGEN’s default TinyMCE pop-up to support this new linking ability.

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Fix for WordPress Image Uploader crashing Firefox

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[WordPress Image Uploader crashes Firefox, how to fix it]

Just like Ram, it only occurred for the first time for me. I tried removing all the sites from my Gears settings but that didn’t solve the problem. Disabling Gears from Firefox’s add-on list worked as reported.

This is very odd as there’s no particular update from either Google Gears or WordPress or Firefox, hope there’s a proper official fix soon.

Zemanta + CSS Fixes

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I first came upon Zemanta as it’s mentioned on Lifehacker as a Firefox extension to help write rich emails. I don’t really want pictures and stuff in my emails. I write emails like how I talk on the phone, short and sweet (She might disagree on the ‘sweet’ part). Anyhow, with some reading, I found its original incarnation as a WordPress plugin. So I installed it and gave a couple of entries the Zemanta treatment:

Rather nifty I must say, especially with all the links which I used to do until I got lazy of manually linking them. Now they do it for me!

The insertion of the image caused a slight problem because the current theme doesn’t handle the alignment properly. I initially started looking for new themes to use but ended up editing the current css files to fix it along with some other problems we’ve been having but I didn’t bother to fix.

Besides the alignment of blocks, captions of images, including a nice border, should also show up properly now.

Asylum Update

There’s a new release of WordPress. It’s all nice and cool but it also means some plug-ins will be brokens. Had to remove some stuff like the MCEcomment to make other stuff work, like smilies. Also took the time to explore some new plug-ins; do check out the chat wall. Hm, that’s about it. Let me know if anything’s broken or if I broke anything. ;)

In other news, I finally cleared out the dis-used FOP and Vault instances of WordPress. I should have a proper page for the Vault eventually though, to showcase some portfolio goodness. I’m gonna (try to) link some of the folks and interesting pages I frequent. We’d see how that goes.

24th Birthday

So here are 2-month late pictures of the quiet birthday affair.

Did a little template hack to make the new gallery layout work with Lightview (a variant of Lightbox). Everything looks cool now. Well except when viewing archive by category, the gallery posts look a little ekky.

In case anyone is having issues with WP2.5’s latest upload feature, there’s a very clear and concise visual solution here.