In my quest to understand all things interface related I stumbled across this TED Talks video of Beau Lotto. His insight into optical illusions and how our brain processes the visual information it receives is well worth the 15 minute watch.
I’m not big on negativity, but that’s how I feel about it. I’ve expressed my displeasure with the WordPress.org plugin repository before, (it’s gotten slightly better since then) but now it’s time to gripe about the theme directory — and it sucks.
I’d like to post a few themes from Bustatheme.com to the directory, but I have a few issues as does nearly every other WordPress theme developer that offer premium WordPress themes for free. There’s a reason we all offer our themes from our own sites: We work hard and strain our brain of all its creative juices when producing AAA themes and we’d like to benefit from that hard work.
Let me preface this post with the fact that I am not an iPhone App reviewer, and I didn’t take the time to check out every possible option for every function I needed. These are the iPhone Apps I bought for the purposes listed below. If you have another App that does the same something better, let me know in the comments section.
This is a short one. A gripe about a few of the more annoying things when searching the WordPress plugin repository…
- The search is truly pathetic. I’ve commented on my lack of enthusiasm for anything Automattic does beyond WordPress before and how they seem to love doing things half-assed, but you would think they could get it together enough to make the repository a useful resource, ya no?
- Screenshots are resized (poorly) to fit in their fixed-width layout and no full-size examples exist.
- bbpress is functionally challenged at best, but the integration into the repository is abysmal and rarely returns all the related topics to a given plugin
- On the subject of WordPress/plugin compatibility… You’ve got to ask yourself one question: do I feel lucky? Well do you, punk? …seriously.
The solutions are simple enough…
I had a few extra minutes last night and today and added a few things to this script including Direct download links (with :hover for easy selection)
I’ve been wanting to make a simple script that was entirely self-contained for a while now, but I haven’t been sure on exactly what I wanted to do. Something I’ve done more times than I care to count is write code that reads a directory and displays the files in some form or fashion. It’s something I know inside and out so I figured why not make a directory listing script that uses icons to represent individual file types and embed those images into the script itself. So I started coding.
Warning: If this post sounds much more sinical than usual, it’s because the lack of attention this particular area of software has received from the OS community is unacceptable and half-arsed attempts make it all the more frustrating.
This is most likely the last – or one of the last – posts I will make before the Greg-J.com redesign. I love this theme, but the site no longer reflects my interests or represents my thoughts the best way it could.
CSS-TRICKS.com is another feed in my Snackr roll, and a visit there never disappoints. Recently they finished up a 3 part series on designing a wordpress theme and rounded it off with a download to the theme pictured above. I like the idea of the theme and its straight forward approach, so I thought I’d share the find.