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WordPress PDA plugin causing header output issues

If you have upgraded the PDA plugin in past 2 days you might run into header output issues which might break the operation of wordpress where ever header function was being used.

To overcome the issues please de-activate the plugin and upgrade the plugin to the latest version 1.2.6 and activate the plugin back.

This error was due to some unwanted junk character present in the beginning of the file. It was due to the editor issue which I had used to save the file and commit the file to the repository.

I am really sorry for causing this issue and sorry for the inconvenienceย  caused ๐Ÿ™‚

Redesigned my blog template

It has been really long time since I worked on my blog to improve the look and feel. I keep doing this once in while since I usually get annoyed at look at the blog with same template. This time I was fascinated with the template from YG Desire. I downloaded the theme and made the customization what I had done in my old theme. Once I have completed I decided to drop my old light box code and I moved to jquery light box.

One thing I hated the most in light box is to edit each link for the image and update with class and rel code. Based on the new theme I wrote a small snippet which will insert the needed class and other attributes for the light box to work.

[code language=’javascript’] $(document).ready(function(){
$(‘div.entry img’).each(function(){
if($(this).parent().is(‘a’)){
$(this).parent().attr(‘rel’,$(this).parents(‘div.entry’).attr(‘id’));
$(this).parent().attr(‘class’,’jqueryLightbox’);
}
});
});
[/code]

Demo :

The above code will search for all images in my post div and if the parent is a link it will add the needed attributes to the link. Well it is working fine if the link is an image. Have to add a check and lazy to do it ๐Ÿ˜€

My sidebar is always big and I am greedy to show lot of links like archives, tags, pages etc. The template I selected looked well for accordion style listing. So I made the sidebar into an accordion panel.

I removed oldย  highlight plugin and I changed the same with syntax highlight wordpress plugin. Well my blog looks very cool with new code hightlight feature. Here after sharing code snippet will not be a problem.

Phew that is a lot of work I have done the whole day. I started simple and got involved and worked the whole day on this. Now my blog looks great with new features ๐Ÿ˜‰

Smart Comment Spammers

I really have no idea why I get so much spams everyday. On a average of 100 to 150 spam comments per day is too much. In this I am not counting the spam that is blocked Askimet. While going through the spam it looks so real. The spam comment looks like a conversation for the particular blog post I made.

If you see the above two comment spam it is really context sensitive. The first comment is for a post I blogged about Martins birthday party. The second is about the PDA plugin I did for WordPress.

After analysing the comment I noticed they have copied the previous comment from the post. If the page has too many comments they select random comments and post again.

If this is some kind of automated job I wonder how much resource they are using for a bad cause. Is this all because of SEO. All the blog comments url has rel=”nofollow” in the links so I am really sure it will not contribute in good search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN. Then what is point of spamming the comments section in all WordPress blogs.

Putting hundreds of plugin to fight spam is of no use. They escape all rules then get in as approved. Having captcha is also of no use and I am really getting sick of this every day. ๐Ÿ™

Why is this happening ????

PDA plugin with iPhone support

Today I upgraded my blog to latest WordPress 2.5. You have no idea what they have done to the WordPress. It is really great and lovely. I really like the new interface and media manager integration. Most of the functionalities what my organizer plugin did is of no use now. Thanks to WordPress team ๐Ÿ™‚

After a very long time I sat down and update the pda plugin. While doing so I got little greedy and tried to add a simple iPhone theme to it. It is far away from beta version. Still lot more to go. I am still finding a best method to do the plugin with nice ajax features and animation what iPhone would support. Still far more to go on the theme. For a 4 hours of work it works pretty well. I know what are all the bugs in it but I will try to mend it and release a new version end of next week.

wp-pda plugin is now fully compactible with latest WordPress 2.5. I would like to get feedback from you all. Thanks for supporting the plugin so far ๐Ÿ™‚

You can download the plugin from here.

Checkout the latest changes and updates here.

Plan for next month weekends :-)

It has been more than one and half year after I released Organizer plugin for WordPress. Initially I wrote that plugin to help my dad who was blogging that time. Latter he stopped blogging so I stopped further updates on Organizer. Recently I got couple of mails asking for an updated version. I have decided to write a simple version from scratch with basic functionalities which can help bloggers to manage the files.

The features I am planning to include for 2.0 alpha are the following

1. Manage files from the upload folder
2. Copy / Move / Delete files from upload directory
3. Use phpThumb for image manipulation
4. Use smarty for clean code
5. Use jquery for ajax and DOM handling
6. Complete rewrite of everything as it is a complete.
7. Full support for 2.3.2 and above only.

I should be able to release the basic version by end of Feb 2008. I am really thank full for all the people who have downloaded the plugin and used it. And thanks for pushing me so hard so that I can move my lazy butt and do some work during my weekends.

Catch you soon with Organizer 2.0 alpha ๐Ÿ˜‰

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