Nearly there … developing a WordPress theme

Nearly there with WordPress on

Today … yesterday … and the day before … in fact, why didn’t I just say “This week…”?!

This week I’ve been playing around with WordPress, trying to work out how best to get the navigation for a site that I’ve been tinkering with — for about two years now” — to work with the least amount of effort.

The site is for the Christian Fellowship of Healing (Scotland), and after much faffing about trying to decide which content management system to use (Joomla!, WordPress, Drupal, ExpressionEngine …?) I’ve finally come to my senses and settled on the mighty WordPress.

So now I’m working on converting my design into a static HTML page, and from there into a fully-fledged, working WordPress theme.

And I’m nearly there. Not least because WordPress has come on in leaps and bounds since I last developed a full site with it. When I last built something big it was with version — we’re now at 2.6, which represents an enormous jump in functionality and usability.

I’ve been playing around with a number of themes making sure that the navigation works as I intend it to. Let’s hear it for:

  • The WordPress wp_list_pages() function.
  • The default wp_list_pages() classes
    • .current_page_item
    • .current_page_parent
    • .current_page_ancestor
  • er…
  • that’s it!

The trial continues tomorrow …

Wordle clouds

The book of Jude as a word cloud

Two colleagues from work told me about this today: Wordle.

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.

There are three ways to create the word cloud:

  1. Paste in a bunch of text
  2. Enter the URL of any blog, blog feed, or any other web page
  3. Enter a user name to see their tags

The wordle cloud above is from the whole of the text of the book of Jude, the penultimate book in the Christian New Testament. Pretty cool, huh!

The site allows you to save wordle clouds to the gallery, where you can also see other wordle clouds created by users, such as those created by me: garethjmsaunders.