Fix Up Look Sharp

My brother posted on his Tumblr blog yesterday about getting credibility for his work which spurred me to take a look at my own neglected blog.

As a result, I’ve changed a few things today, and they are really minor changes but every little helps:

  • Increased the number of Twitter tweets displayed from three to four.
  • Made a change to the CSS bullet item so that tweets no longer display this – Previously the bullet was displayed, however it was behind the text due to the reduced padding on the left of the Twitter type.
  • Corrected the XAML for the Silverlight headings on the sidebar so that they have the correct background and foreground colours.
  • Updated the copyright notice at the bottom of the site to include 2010.
  • Updated a lot of the plugins used on the site to the latest versions.

I’m now looking to upgrade WordPress itself from the old version I am currently on to the latest version to stay with the times, however I will need to test this first to make sure it doesn’t break my custom theme or anything of the sort.

I’m also trying to look for a plugin which modifies the way my images are shown.

I already have a JavaScript / AJAX plugin which uses the Lightbox controls for displaying the larger images which works nicely, however a lot of the images I post a screenshots and are shown as inline thumbnails which I think would serve quite well in a gallery type display which is often the way a site I read called Engadget post their pictures. This would clean up the appearance of the type itself and leave the images until later. This is still a thought in progress though so nothing may come of it.

The biggest problem for me is compatibility. WordPress features a default gallery object which I tested this morning and it looks and performs how I would like it to and it interacts with the Lightbox plugin too, however Windows Live Writer which is my blogging software of choice doesn’t seem to support this embedded photo gallery, so unless I can find a way around that, it’s not a viable option.

richardjgreen

Richard works as a Cloud Consultant for Fordway Solution where his primary focus is to help customers understand, adopt and develop with Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and System Center. Richard Green is an IT Pro with over 15 years' of experience in all things Microsoft including System Center and Office 365. He has previously worked as a System Center consultant and as an internal solutions architect across many verticals. Outside of work, he loves motorbikes and is part of the orange army, marshaling for NGRRC, British Superbikes and MotoGP. He is also an Assistant Cub Scout Leader.